Twin Cities May Event: Death Over Dinner

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What is Death Over Dinner? It is a chance to gather in a familiar setting to talk with welcoming people about death, a discussion that most people try to avoid.

Death Over Dinner is an opportunity to have that difficult yet crucial end-of-life conversation we often tiptoe around. While sharing a meal together, groups will have a chance to ponder and discuss questions such as, “What was your first experience of death like?” or, “If you had a choice, where would you die?”

Food and beverage will be provided.

Please join us for an enlightening discussion!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
Mount Olivet Lutheran Church of Plymouth
(Fireside Room)
12235 Old Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN 55411

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April Twin Cities Event: Storysharing Night

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:30-9:30 PM
at
Kieran’s Irish Pub – Poet’s Room (follow link for map)
85 6th St N, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Hear and share stories of how our experiences with home vigils, family-directed death care, and green disposition have touched our lives. The April MTN Twin Cities event is a storytelling night cohosted by Word Sprout!

A few MTN members will come with prepared stories. An open mic time will follow. You’re invited to bring your five-minute story of your experiences as a death doula, vigil-sitter, green-burier, or other ways death has touched your life.

 

Upcoming Conference: MN Network of Hospice & Palliative Care (MNHPC)

An MTN member alerted us to this upcoming event in Bloomington, MN, that might be of interest to some MTN members:

Ira Byock invitation

[IMAGE TEXT: Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care invites you to join us for a very special evening

What mortality can teach us about living
with Ira Byock, MD
Monday April 9
Reception 6:00
Program 7:00-8:30
Tickets $35

Dr. Byock is the founder and Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Human Caring. He is a practicing physician, educator, and advocate for whole person care. He is also author of three books, including The Four Things that Matter Most, a book that has reshaped how many people view the end of life experience. Dr. Byock will share insights from his three decades of serving patients.

he brings a hopeful, inspiring message of living lives of gratitude, forgiveness, and love and how an awareness of our own mortality can help us to lead to finding fulfillment and joy in life.

we hope you’ll join us for this very special evening. Kairos Alive! will provide music and dance, and refreshments will be available. It is sure to be an inspiring, uplifting event.

Visit www/mnhpc.org for more information]

Death Pioneer Bruce Wilson Video

MTN founding member Linda Bergh alerted us to this wonderful short video by Death with Dignity advocate and hospice physician Bruce Wilson, who is facing his own death from pancreatic cancer.

https://www.jsonline.com/videos/news/columnists/better-angels/2018/01/22/video-hospice-doctor-bruce-wilson-explains-his-own-impending-death/109603376/

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Still frame from Bruce Wilson’s video. Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Twin Cities Networking Event

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MTN Twin Cities will host a Deathwork/Network night in January. We call out to death doulas, funeral celebrants, coffin-makers, and anyone else who is working, as either a career or a passion, in the fields of conscious dying, family-directed death care, and green disposition, to meet others and share resources and knowledge.
 
We are stronger together.
Meeting details:
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7-9 pm
at the home of Marianne Dietzel
All MTN meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.

December Movie Night: The Art of Natural Death Care

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Katelyn LaGrega’s 2017 film, “The Art of Natural Death Care,” from the Sophia Center in North Carolina, shows families caring for their loved ones after death. The 27-minute documentary, which was presented at the 2017 National Home Funeral Alliance conference, includes clips of MTN’s Linda Bergh.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 PM at 21 E Rustic Lodge, Minneapolis, MN 55419.

All MTN Events are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.

MTN Field Trip: Stay With Me Awhile at Rochester Civic Theatre

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“The Sick Child,” Edvard Munch. A publicity image for STAY WITH ME AWHILE at the Rochester Civic
In 2018, the Rochester Civic Theatre will premiere Stay With Me Awhile by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser. The play tells the stories of death, grief, and healing, collected from Johnson’s Vigil Project during and after her time as a Mayo chaplain.
 
MTN is organizing a group trip to see this unique and moving play on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
 
Karen Greer is our coordinator for this outing. In order to gauge interest, we are asking that folks who want to go with the MTN group contact Karen at kgcareer@msn.com no later than Wednesday, November 22, 2017. This will allow plenty of time to coordinate transportation and determine whether we will have enough attendees for a group ticket rate. If we don’t have enough for the group rate, we will be asking folks to reserve tickets at rochestercivictheatre.org
 
To find out more about the play or the Rochester Civic production, visit http://www.rochestercivictheatre.org/plays-civic-live/civic-live-events.php. For more information about the planned MTN outing, contact Karen (mailto:kgcareer@msn.com) or Eli (eli.effinger.weintraub@gmail.com).
 
Karen, Eli, & Kathy attended a staged reading of this play in April of 2016 and found it to be a moving and well-crafted piece of theater. Seeing it fully staged with a larger MTN group should be a very enjoyable experience. We hope to see you there!