Twenty in attendance at home of Julie Tinberg
Heather and Carolyn reported on their presentations to the staff of the hospices at Mankato Mayo the Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. Heather also presented to the Animal Rights Coalition.
A small group visited the Thomas Dougherty Event Center at Park and 26th. They received a tour of the historic building and discussed with Mike Dougherty his intention to provide low cost funerals, unembalmed viewing, and home funerals.
Aslan Institute has a room that the MTN could use for classes at a reasonable cost. Marianne, Linda, and Heather will discuss possible dates for offering a 4-hour class on after-death care.
Two classes are being offered about end-of-life issues: The Sacred Art of Living and Dying at the Carondolet Center and Midwiving Death at the Aslan Institute.
Chip Fort contacted the MTN to let us know about carbon-neutral cremations and burials. More information is available on his website http://carbonneutralcremations.com/contact.
The Minnesota Funeral Consumers Alliance is holding its annual meeting October 13 from 10 am to noon at 900 Mount Curve, Minneapolis. Heather will be speaking, along with Dan Canter of Mounds Cemetery and Jim Bradshaw from Stillwater (who will talk about alkaline hydrolysis).
The National Home Funeral Alliance annual conference will be in Chicago, Oct. 12-14. For more information, check their website at http://homefuneralalliance.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1065857&eventId=465929&EventViewMode=EventDetails.
National Transitions offers a beautiful and informative quarterly magazine. Subscriptions are available at http://www.naturaltransitions.org.
Honoring Choices Minnesota has a Bush Foundation grant to fund an initiative to bring Honoring Choices into churches. If anyone is in a faith community that would be interested in a presentation, contact Heather at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new process developed in Norway called promessa uses liquid nitrogen to freeze a body. The frozen body is shaken into a soft powder that can be incorporated into loam and put into soil. Germany is currently converting its crematoriums into this process.
Leslie Riendl and her husband, Wilhelm, own acreage east of Taylor’s Fall in Wisconsin that is farmland/forestland/prairie restoration/wildlife habitat. They would like to create a burial place embedded in nature and part of a larger living community. They are looking for people to help make this vision possible. People can contact Leslie directly at email@example.com. When Leslie and Wilhelm are ready to organize an official meeting, the MTN will send out information to its email list.
John Straub from the U. of M. Anatomy Bequest program shared information about the program. Last year they had 450 bodies to support anatomy courses in Minnesota. They could use more–they catch being that the bodies must be close to the Twin Cities.
A few people shared stories about dying and after-life care.
The next meeting will be November 19, 7 p.m., at Nancy & Becky’s home at 21 East Rustic Lodge Avenue. All are welcome.