Where: Roselawn Cemetery, 803 Larpenteur Ave. West, Roseville, MN 55113
When: June 9, 2015, 6:30-9pm,
What to bring: A dish to share, your own drinks and dishes, lawn chairs or a blanket.
Photo from the Roselawn Cemetery website
Park behind the chapel and join us at the top of the hill. Come rain or shine, as there are indoor options for our picnic.
After sharing our evening meal, we will begin to enact how one might conduct a green burial, with everyone participating in a procession carrying a volunteer “body” wrapped in a shroud to a burial spot. Learn from experienced practitioners some of the songs and poems that accompany such sacred events.
We will then hear from Larry Hudella, Superintendent of Roselawn Cemetery. Roselawn recently began offering natural burial without a vault, with no embalming and a biodegradable casket or shroud. We’ll also hear from MTN’s own State Representative Carolyn Laine, who will clarify the legal aspects of home death care and green burial. Q&A time will follow.
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TEDx “Let’s Talk About Death”
For an honest 15-minute TEDx presentation, check out the 2015 “Let’s Talk About Death”
by Rochelle Martin, a Canadian crisis-care RN and death midwife.
A recent New Republic in-depth story on family-directed after-death care represents “an unprecedented effort to truly listen to Elizabeth Knox and Merilynne Rush” (home funeral educators in Maryland and Michigan respectively) according to National Home Funeral President Lee Webster.
Who Owns the Dead?
“It was a Sunday in the autumn of 1995, and Rob Sanders was driving his three kids from his house in Baltimore to the house of his ex-wife, Elizabeth Knox, in Silver Spring, Maryland. The kids rotated who got to sit in the front seat, and today was seven-year-old Alison’s turn. The boys wanted to hear the Redskins game, and when Alison leaned forward to fiddle with the radio, Sanders told her to sit back—he would find it.
“When he looked up, the light had turned red, and he braked, belatedly. Skidding into the intersection at about 14 miles an hour, he hit another car, and the passenger-side airbag deployed. The airbag—one of those early models designed to protect a full-sized adult male in a much more violent crash—struck Alison “with the force of a heavyweight boxer,” as Knox would later put it, rendering the girl unconscious and braindead in an instant.”
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The Minnesota Threshold Network was a presence at the Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care conference, April 19-21 in Bloomington. MTN shared an exhibitor table with the Funeral Consumers’ Alliance of Minnesota, with Anne Murphy and Heather Ferguson volunteer staffing for MTN and Jody Bystrum for FCA. Anne, Heather, and Jody spoke with many nurses, social workers, and volunteers and encouraged them to get to know utilize our organizations as a resource. Anne reports that it was a very receptive crowd, and many of them commented that they are noticing that people are wanting to find ways to honor and celebrate life in new ways.
Our thanks to Anne and Heather for staffing the table, to FCA for the table-sharing arrangement, and to everyone who stopped by to talk about this important work.
Jody Bystrum and Anne Murphy at the MNHP conference.
Correction 5/8/15: our table was staffed by Anne Murphy and Heather Ferguson! Thanks, Heather.
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Kari Olson will share the story of her 26-year-old son Morgan, who died of metastatic melanoma in December 2013. During Hospice and the 3-day vigil, friends and family surrounded Morgan, and Kari had the opportunity to explain home vigils to many young people who had not experienced them before. Community members, including MTN, lent support.
Kari and Morgan. Photo by Louise Hill.
Marti Martin Robinson will share the story of the home vigil for her husband, Jeff, who died on hospice from terminal brain cancer (glioblastoma) on November 1, 2014. Marti had an open house over two days, using the MTN community coffin.
Marti and Jeff
Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 12, 7-9 p.m., at the home of Anne Murphy, 2183 Wellesley Ave., St. Paul. MTN meetings are free and open to the public.
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When someone dies after an extended illness, caregivers must cope not only with the death of a loved one but with the loss of the role and life focus they may have had for weeks, months, or years.
Lois, Karly, and Gregg Swope
Lois Swope will share the story of being a caregiver to her daughter Karly, who lived for 27 years with Rett Syndrome, a rare disorder that required around-the-clock care. Despite physical limitations, including her inability to speak, Karly communicated intellect, talents, and wisdom. This mother and daughter, whose lives were woven together, were separated by Karly’s death in 2012. Lois and her husband Gregg continue their heart-journey by sharing Karly’s story. For Karly’s blog, which she typed on a keyboard (see photo above) during the final 4 years of her life, visit https://spiritdances.Wordpress.com The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, 2015, from 7-9 p.m. at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis. MTN meetings are free and open to all.
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