Public Forum on June 4, 2009

June 4, 6:30-8 pm–Public Forum–an informational meeting about  caring for a body at home, holding a vigil, legal issues involved with family-directed funerals, and green burials.

To be held at Washburn Public Library, 5244 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (612.630.6500)


Upcoming Movie Screening

The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman

A documentary of courageous and conscious dying, community, and hope 
Produced by Nancy Jewel Poer (Jack’s sister)

Wednesday, June 10, 7 – 9 pm and Friday, June 12,  7 – 9 pm

The filmmaker will attend both showings and be available for questions.

Linda Bergh (Jack’s widow) is hosting the screening at her home
4315 Xerxes Avenue South, Mpls. MN 55410-1463

Open to public–All are welcome


A $5 donation is suggested to help defray costs of making the film

About Jack Heckelman
Jack was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in August 2004 and died at home April 24, 2005.  Jack faced his death with courage, openness, and transparency.

Jack encouraged  his sister’s documenting all parts of the process, before and after death. Jack wanted this film to be his legacy of hope and encouragement for others and empower people with choices for their own dying they may not have known they have.

About the Filmmaker

Nancy Jewel Poer is a nationally known death midwife, featured in the PBS  documentary A Family Undertaking. She is the author of Living Into Dying

Description of the Film

Nancy Jewel Poer describes this film as a heartwarming, full length documentary that chronicles the  courageous journey of a man determined to die consciously and in so doing gave manifold blessings to everyone around him. He resolved to live his brief time left on earth to the fullest, and he called it “my last great adventure.”
Rare and touching footage of his community and family support–of his contracting for his casket to be made by a beloved niece and receiving it just before his death– of friends gathering to tell him farewell  and singing for him in the last hours, and then caring for him at home and honoring him with a three-day vigil.

A warm, natural, open, and accepting mood around the threshold of death is apparent throughout the film. And needless to say, when family takes over, great expenses are not incurred for funerals and 

A Note from Linda Bergh

The hope of this video and our death and dying work is to encourage  individuals and families to find the way to face this threshold in a way that is life-giving and personal. If you can’t come but you are interested in this work, you may contact Linda Bergh at, visit her website at or visit Nancy Jewel Poer’s website at


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