The documentary “In The Parlor: The Final Good-Bye,” written by Heidi Boucher and directed by Heidi Boucher and Ruby Sketchley, is an intimate portrait of three families opting to care for their loved ones after death.
A new play titled Stay With Me Awhile, by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser had its world premiere at the Rochester Civic Theatre in February of this year. The play focuses on the stories told by family and friends as they face the approaching death of their loved ones.
Vignettes from Stay With Me Awhile will be presented in Reader’s Theatre format at the next meeting of
Minnesota Threshold Network Tuesday, December 11, 7-9:00 pm at Spirit of St. Stephen’s 2201 1st Ave S, Minneapolis 55404
(Entrance is on the corner of 1st Ave and 22nd St
street parking and a small lot for St Stephen’s is adjacent)
Following the readings there will be time for group discussion. Please join us as we hear the compelling stories of people leaving this life.
Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the MTN Twin Cities hosted our third regional gathering. The event brought together people from throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to discuss what’s going on in our communities around conscious dying, family-directed after-death care, and green burial. The meeting was held at the home of Linda Bergh. Nineteen people attended.
In the morning, each group checked into to tell us all about what they’ve been up to. Here are some general notes from those reports, although no notes can ever capture the true richness of experience represented in that room.
Feeling of dwindling. Would like thoughts on how to grow the network and do work in the community.
Series of meetings to get to know each other by talking about what each person wants for their own death.
Decorated a “coffin” and had each person lie in it. Others talked about what they would miss about the “dead” person
Trainings in body-washing and supporting grieving families
Sunday, November 4: death open mic in Rochester
Elephant in the Room is a local collaboration of hospice, library, medical society, SE MTN, & many others who have worked together for several years. They’re planning a month of death-related events in November called Community Reflections of Living & Dying. Kickoff on Thursday, November 1.
After lunch, attendees held a planning discussion regarding the National Home Funeral Alliance 2019 national conference, which will be held in Chaska, Minnesota from October 4-6, 2019. Anyone who’s interested in helping plan and/or volunteer during this event is asked to contact Mary Ann Boe at maryann @ devanation . com
We are grateful to everyone who made the trek to this gathering, and to Linda for hosting. Let’s keep the ideas and enthusiasm flowing between us.
THE ART OF NATURAL DEATH CARE: a movie, discussion, and demonstration
The movie is Katelyn LaGrega’s documentary about loving, heart-felt, sacred, and compelling stories of how we can care for our own loved ones after death.
LEARN ABOUT NATURAL DEATH CARE:
•Options that exist no matter where someone dies for grief vigils and funerals
•Facts about legality and lowered costs
•Ways that open the heart when it hurts the most
•Demo on blessing or washing a loved one’s body
DATE: Wednesday, Nov. 7th (please VOTE on Tuesday the 6th!) TIME: 7-8:30pm LOCATION: Nokomis Square Senior Coop 5015 35th Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55417
Community Room (parking and entrances in front and back of building). FREE OF CHARGE. Treats welcome. Tea will be available. Donations of the heart accepted.
***Invite your own family members, such as adult children and grandchildren, and close friends (in other words, your “peeps”). It’s a great opportunity to have a the discussion that isn’t easy, but you may secretly want to have. Face the elephant in the room with support from this program.***
We had a wonderful gathering at Anne’s home on September 12. Seventeen people were present to share a heckuva lot of death- and grief-related books that have touched their lives and hearts. I’ve made an attempt to sort them into categories this year. Not sure how well I did, though. Enjoy!
I Remember Papa, Karen Dare and CA Nobens. Sammy Squirrelmunk grieves his grandfather’s death.
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?Roz Chast. Sometimes painful, but incredibly honest and important, graphic memoir about Chast’s parents’ physical and mental decline and eventual deaths. Could be a manual on how not to approach death and dying.
Laughing in a Waterfall, Marianne Dietzel. The story of her late daughter Nina’s life, including the efforts of the Waldorf community after Nina’s death