Resource: Loving, Living, and Dying During COVID-19

In Minnesota, a group of last responders, death educators, and EOLDs in our community created “Loving, Living, and Dying During COVID-19” as a way to share and distribute accurate, compassionate and relevant information. This was designed to be helpful to everyone in Minnesota – families, caregivers, guides. Thanks to the thoughtful team that worked on this so quickly. Please share it as widely as you can.

Link here: Loving, Living, and Dying During COVID-19

November Event: Minnesota Death Collaborative (MNDC) Shares Mission and Leadership

Join us on Tuesday, November 16th from 7:00- 8:30 PM CT!

Description: The MNDC is a group of integrative death professionals who serve the community in a variety of ways. They are end of life doulas, home funeral and vigil guides, celebrants, green burial advocates, body workers, and much more. They work together to provide integrative death care opportunities to those who are dying, their families, and their support network. MNDC leaders Anne Murphy, Janet Brown, and Nina Guertin will join us to share stories and gifts for the community. This event will be helpful for locals and for those who are developing services related to the threshold of dying.

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October Event: Conscious Dying and a Home Vigil and Sacred Closing Ceremony

Join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 7:00- 8:30 PM CT!

Description: Marianne Turnbull died at home and was not only involved in planning her home vigil and memorial, but wished for her death to become an education for others. Her daughters Julia and Nicole were actively involved in accompanying their mother throughout the journey, and creating beautiful rituals. Julia will share stories of her mother’s conscious dying process and home vigil, along with Lisa Venable & Wayne Swanson, who served the family as guides.

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September Event: Home Vigil Story & Water Ritual Blessings for Grief

Minnesota Threshold Network begins its yearlong focus on Home Vigils with a deeply personal story and an opportunity to participate in a Water Grief Ritual. Join us on September 21st from 7-9 PM CT.

Home Vigils exist in all cultures, but for many people, death has been separated from life by our institutions. MTN shares examples of how home vigils can become commonplace again. We want to inspire those who are closest to the deceased to personalize their own approach to say their final good-byes. Home Vigils are often in addition to more formal public funerals.

Home Vigil Story – Part 1

Join us for Paul Treuer’s compelling story of his father’s 3-day home vigil. Paul’s children had been born at home, and Paul recalled how important that had been for his wife and him. However, a home vigil is not part of normal hospice care and would not have happened without Paul’s desire to care for his father’s body and provide space for the family to honor and grieve him at home. Thankfully, the hospice team included someone who could facilitate a seamless transition from hospice care to family care. Paul hopes you will listen to his radio interview and formulate questions. 

Water Ritual Blessing for Grief – Part 2

Join us for a ritual that offers an opportunity to express grief for any losses you may be experiencing, past or current. The ritual is simple, private, and intimate. In preparation, you will receive an email from MTN before the event with ideas on how to build a simple altar to recognize and honor the loss.

Paul Treuer is a retired college educator from Duluth. His story was part of, Through The End of Life series by Two  Harbors Community Radio. Stream it at KTWH.org, Episode 6. Ellen Hufschmidt is a Chaplain, Ritualist, Counselor, and Author of With Our Own Hands: A Guidebook for Ritual Blessing of the Dead. She served as a Grief Counselor for 10 years at Essentia Hospice in Duluth, She was a co-producer and lead interviewer of Through the End of Life Series Ellen is on the Minnesota Threshold Network leadership team.

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APRIL MEETING: Conserving Land through Natural Burial: Making it Happen in the Twin Cities

MTN APRIL 2021 MEETING:   Conserving Land through Natural Burial: Making it Happen in the Twin Cities

TUESDAY APRIL 20, 2021   7 – 8:30 PM Central Time  (ZOOM invite below description) 


Leaders of the Land Conservation and Natural Burial Project (LCNB) will share information about a unique form of natural burial that permanently protects land through partnership with a conservation organization. LCNB is actively exploring such a burial area in the East Metro. We will:

  • share photos and stories from conservation burial areas across the country
  • present findings from our recent archeological survey of site under consideration
  • and discuss ways that you can engage in this movement to educate and develop natural burial areas that connect people to the land in meaningful ways. 

Presenters: Paul Sommers and Anne Archbold, local Twin Cities leaders in this movement   

“There’s no better way to connect people to the land than to bury them in it.”  -Joe Sehee, founder of Green Burial Council

MTN is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting (Linda Bergh  Host).


TUESDAY APRIL 20, 2021 7:00 – 8:30 PM Central Time

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March event: OPEN FORUM on DEATH AND DYING

MN THRESHOLD NETWORK PRESENTS
OPEN FORUM on DEATH AND DYING
Bring Your Questions and Experiences
MARCH 16, 2021, 7-8:30 PM Central Time
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To folks from all communities. We’re ready to discuss whatever you want to share. For example, how can I honor COVID deaths, cope with loved ones dying alone or talk about my final wishes? Bring wonderings or stories about making the dying process more comfortable and meaningful, death rituals more personal, and burials more natural. We will explore together.

Ellen Hufschmidt, MA, end-of-life guide, grief counselor, hospice chaplain, MTN leader, and author of With Our Own Hands: A Guidebook to Ritual Blessings of the Dead will host the evening along with other MTN leaders.


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February meeting: Hug Me With Words

Minnesota Threshold Network February Meeting

February 16, 2021, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (see Zoom invite)       

When we need it most

Hug Me With Words

“The biggest regret of those who have passed is that they did not express their feelings for those they love”. Through The Eyes Of Another By Karen Noe

In a time of distancing, our hearts need a creative way of expressing love and gratitude as an ongoing practice. Come prepared with your pen and paper for an evening to reflect and write a letter, poem or prayer to celebrate the beauty in you and those you love.

Facilitated by Susan “Suki” Kraemer, a retired teacher/massage therapist who has found joy in this writing process since childhood. Since that time, she has designed classes to benefit all ages and abilities. MTN host for the evening will be Marianne Dietzel.

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January meeting: Green Burial Video

The January MTN meeting will be Tuesday, January 19, 2021, from 7 – 9 PM CST (zoom link below). We will be watching a green burial YouTube video by funeral director Amy Cummingham. 

AMY CUNNINGHAM presented at the Green Burial Council Conference in October 2020 on zoom.  Her presentation of the 9 stages of a green burial is amazing, heart-filled, and very informative.  We will be sharing and discussing this video.

Amy Cunningham is a New York state licensed funeral director and the owner of Fitting Tribute Funeral Services in Brooklyn which specializes in green burials, home funerals, cremation services and memorial events of all sorts. Check out her other website for resources here. Listen to Amy on NPR.

This will be the first MTN event of 2021.  We hope you can join us.  

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Our 2020 Book List

On Tuesday, December 15, MTN Twin Cities members met via video for our annual book share. As always, this popular MTN event garnered plenty of fascinating titles to expand your reading (and listening) list. This year, as part of MTN’s commitment to exploring the impacts of white supremacy on all aspects of life in the US, books focusing on race and racism are featured, as well as those focused solely on death. Happy reading!

Books (alphabetical by author)

Podcasts

December event: Our Annual Book Share

Mark your calendar!
MTN’s Annual Book Sharing meeting:
Tuesday December 15, 2020, 7-9 pm (central time)

This year, in addition to focusing on family-directed after-death care and green burials, MTN is joining the national conversation about white privilege and systemic racism. Share your favorite book, video, or podcast on death and dying or unlearning racism. Go home with a list for great winter reading, viewing, and listening.

Zoom link: December 15, 2020 7:00 PM
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October MTN Zoom Program: Homegoings

Showing “Homegoings 

a documentary film of a Harlem Funeral Director, by Christine Turner

You are invited to join MN Threshold Network’s (MTN) program to learn with us about traditional Black funerals as carried out by Owens Funeral Home in both Harlem, NY and in NC. In this film your senses will be touched and your heart warmed by the love, music and care that is taken to honor the deceased and family on their journey to freedom by going home. After the film there will be a facilitated discussion. We suggest that in preparation for this film you also watch “Why are Black and White Funeral Homes STILL Separate?” a seventeen-minute interview with Black funeral historian Dr. Kami Fletcher by Caitlin Doughty on her Ask a Mortician channel, for greater cultural context from which this particular type of black homegoing comes from. MTN will not be teaching, only sharing a resource for the purpose of greater cultural appreciation and understanding.

When: 7:00pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (please note the new date of the 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Where: Zoom  Invitation below 

In case you can’t attend but still want to see the films:

MTN Zoom meeting Tuesday October 20, 2020 7-9 PM.

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Black Funerals Homes in Twin Cities:

1. Estes Funeral Chapel, founded in 1962, the only Black-owned and operated funeral home in Mpls. In 2018, Estes built a new facility at 2201 Plymouth Ave N.See this KARE-11 news story.

2. Brooks Funeral Home, since 1941, is at 862 Concordia Ave. St. Paul. 651-228-1935. Margaret Brooks is the owner. See video mentioning Corona Virus at https://www.brooksfuneralhomemn.com/

3. Speilman Mortuary at 344 University Ave, St. Paul, owned since 1984 by the Willwerscheid family, primarimly serves Black families.  https://www.spielmanmortuary.com/obits

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