Next meeting Monday, April 30, 2012

Minnesota Threshold Network

Minutes of March 12, 2012 Meeting

Heather Halen and Carolyn Laine reported on their presentation on home funerals to 40-50 students at the University of Minnesota Program of Mortuary Science. Michael LuBrant, director of the program, suggested that Heather and Carolyn facilitate a U of M continuing education class he wants to organize.

Julie Tinberg reported on her conversation with Dan Kantor, manager of Mound Cemetery in Brooklyn Center, which is now certified by the Green Burial Council as a hybrid cemetery. A plot is available for $750, with a $500 charge for perpetual care. A 4-acre section currently leased to the city could be dedicated to green burials in the future. Mark your calendars! There will be tours of both Mound Cemetery and Oak Hill Cemetery on Saturday, April 28th. Mound Cemetery is located at 3515 69th Avenue North, Brooklyn Center, 55429 and Oak Hill is located in Richfield on Lyndale Ave between 59th and 60th Street. We will be at Mound at 1:30 and Oak Hill at 3:30. More details as time draws near.

Carolyn Laine reported that the bill that would undo the changes made in the 2010 law will probably not go anywhere this year. [Note: The bill is not progressing this year.]

Our annual community educational forum will be at Washburn Library June 12, 2012, from 6-7:45pm. A flyer will be available for MTN members to publicize this free and open forum on home funerals and green burials to churches, hospices, and the general public.

Leslie Reindl suggested we present at Macalester Plymouth United Church’s Lunch and Learn program. Heather Halen offered to do it. If anyone is interested in participating with Heather, please contact her at

We watched a clip on end-of-life planning from the TPT documentary “Honoring Choices.” Linda Bergh led a discussion about directives, noting how important it is to discuss our wishes with our family and personal representative. She recently experienced how helpful it can be to complete an advanced directive in a group setting. She offered to teach another 3-part class for MTN members. Leslie Reindl will host the first meeting on Wednesday, April 18 from 7-9:30 pm. The second will be on May 2 and the third on May 16.  People can download an advanced directive from Honoring Choices Minnesota. For more information or to register for the class ($10), contact Linda at

Nancy Manahan recommends three books, available from the Hennepin County Library:

Raymond Moody, MD, Glimpses of Eternity: Sharing a Loved One’s Passage from This World into the Next (2010)

John Lerma, MD, Into the Light: Real Stories about Angelic Visits, Visions of the Afterlife, and Other Pre-Death Experiences (2007)

David Kessler, Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die (2012)

The next Threshold meeting will be Monday, April 30 from 7-9 pm at the home of Nancy Manahan and Becky Bohan, 21 East Rustic Lodge Avenue, Minneapolis.




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