About

The Minnesota Threshold Network was formed in 2008 as an informal  place to talk, share, and educate ourselves and others about the environmental, emotional and economic benefits of a more natural, less commercial approach to death, including conscious dying, home vigils, family-directed funerals, and natural burials

In 2010, the Minnesota Threshold Network initiated legislation that gives Minnesotans more choices to care for our own deceased. The legislation, co-authored by Representative Carolyn Laine and Senator Sandy Pappas, allows a public viewing of an unembalmed body on private property and other choices. The law went into effect August 1, 2010.

Small meetings are held monthly except during summer.  Larger public forums happen annually in June. Trainings, classes, and film screenings are held periodically. Threshold volunteers educated and support families who choose to care for their loved ones after death. Threshold speakers give presentations on family-directed after-death care and green burials at chrches, hospices, community groups, libraries, universities, and professional conferences.

Meetings are free and open to all.

While MTN works to build good relationships with local businesses whose interests align with ours, we don’t endorse specific commercial enterprises. 

For more information or to receive occasional news and meeting dates, email mnthresholdnetwork@gmail.com.

5 thoughts on “About

  1. I also have recently started a website preparingtodie.com and was very interested in the recent article on home funerals in the Star Tribune, which also led me to look up the website on green burials on the south side of the Twin Cities. I will be following with interest. Keep up the good work.

    1. Hi Joe! Thanks for your interest and kind words. Your website looks very thorough, covering the many aspects of how to plan for your death. I will definitely be looking further. If you like, I will send a link to your website to our members. Julie Tinberg MTN member

  2. That would be great, Julie. I would appreciate their feedback. My wife, Mary, and I are still in the discovery process and our ideas and plans are evolving as we learn more and more. This group looks interesting. Take care. Joe

  3. I just received this website address from Chip the owner of Greengraves, a green cemetery in Inver Grove Heights, MN. He was very informative as my search for a direct burial has been quite overwhelming. Any information or websites you can give me to educate myself and others in my life will be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    caryn auriel
    spoonfullsoflove@usfamily.net

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