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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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

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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George Floyd

I see you, friends of color
suffering endless persecution
facing constant prejudice

fighting against a rigged system

systems stacked against you
inherently stacks us against each other
liberty and justice for some
in the end is equality for none

–Tanner Magnum

The Minnesota Threshold Network mourns the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We stand with our Black neighbors in their grief and rage and demands for justice.

June 9th event: Virtual Memorial Service, Graveside Service, Green Burial

Please join us on Tuesday, June 9, 7-9 p.m. (Central Time), as MTN members Anne Archbold, Marilaurice Hemlock, and Karen Greer share their experiences with creating and facilitating memorial services during the complicated coronavirus time.

Even though we at MTN view funeral possibilities in a much broader context than many, this pandemic has gotten us to stretch even further – to Zoom!
  • Zoom helps us be a part of a memorable funeral from our living room or office.
    It can be a smaller group setting where you share with others in an informal way rather than a formal setting.
    Families can tell stories and show memorabilia that was left behind by the deceased.
    Zoom can save us from flying across the country to attend a relative or friend’s funeral.
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REVISED MAY EVENT: Living in the Time of a Pandemic: An Open Conversation

In light of the current pandemic, we want to provide a place to share our experience of living in this challenging time. We will return to the original topic of this May meeting at a later time.

If you need assistance, call the MN End-of-Life Doula hotline: 1-888-351-8999

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A quote on solitude and community by Parker Palmer:

Solitude does not necessarily mean living apart from others; rather, it means never living apart from one’s self. It is not about the absence of other people—it is about being fully present to ourselves, whether or not we are with others. Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other. It is not about the presence of other people—it is about being fully open to the reality of relationship, whether or not we are alone.

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020, 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)

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Now on YouTube: The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman

Celebrate and honor the life and death of Jack Heckelman.

As we pass the 15th Anniversary of Jack Heckelman’s Passing, April 24, 2020, Jack’s movie, The Most Exellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman, is now available for free on YouTube.

 

May event: Building Community: Accessing Resources at the End of Life

The MTN Twin Cities May event will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7 – 9 p.m. See the end of this email for details on accessing the meeting.
This session is designed for people who may not feel that they have enough social or personal support to have the kind of end-of-life experience and an intimate home vigil to honor their life, in the way they may want.
There will be two sections to the evening. First how to begin to think about the support you already have. but not fully recognized. The second half will help you learn about resources and volunteers that are available through MN Threshold Network.
Also appropriate for individuals and people who represent social services that work with folks who many find themselves in this situation such a people living in halfway houses, programs, independent elderly with little family, people who feel outside familial social supports, network of friends that function like family, etc. Come join us on-line for the evening’s program.
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