June 18, 2019 Natural Burial Evening

Tuesday June 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm, MTN members Anne Archbold and Marilaurice Hemlock of Final Blessings will lead a mock natural burial “graveside” event. Dan Kantar, cemetery manager, will discuss Mound’s natural burial options.
Mound Cemetery, 3515 69th Ave N, Brooklyn Center, MN.  
Please bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. 
MTN meetings are free and open to all, but donations are gratefully accepted.

April 9 Film on Death with Dignity

How to Die in Oregon
If you were terminally ill, would you want the right to choose? The award-winning documentary film How to Die in Oregon follows 52-year-old Cody Curtis, grappling with end-stage of liver cancer, as she decides to utilize Oregon’s Death with Dignity law.
Join Dr. Rebecca Thoman and Rev. Harlan Limpert for a discussion following the film. Rebecca Thoman, M.D., is a manager of Compassion & Choices’ Doctors for Dignity initiative. Harlan Limpert, retired COO of the Unitarian Universalist Association, leads the Minnesota Interfaith Clergy for End-of-Life Options.
Tuesday April 9, 7 to 9:30pm at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. South, Minneapolis. Look for the Earth Flag flying.
On March 7, 2019, the End-of-Life Option Act, House File 2152, was introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives:30 by Rep. Mike Freiberg. The bill would authorize medical aid in dying in Minnesota.
Compassion & Choices envisions a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs.

January Gathering: Showing of “In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye”

The documentary “In The Parlor: The Final Good-Bye,” written by Heidi Boucher and directed by Heidi Boucher and Ruby Sketchley, is an intimate portrait of three families opting to care for their loved ones after death.

Watch the trailer here: http://intheparlordoc.com/trailer/

from intheparlordoc.com

MTN Twin Cities invites you to a showing of “In the Parlor”
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm
Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ
1795 Holton St, St Paul, MN 55113 (click for map)

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

November Twin Cities Meeting: Home Funerals: Family directed after death care

Hand Candle

Presented by

Minnesota Threshold Network – Twin Cities

Ellen Hufschmidt, MA, chaplain and hospice grief counselor,

and Kyoko Katayama, PhD, LICSW

Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 -7:30pm

The Community Gathering Space at 514 Lowry Ave NE

(Adjacent to Carma Coffee Shop)

Did you know that

  •  when a loved one dies, family and friends can care for the deceased and hold the visitation and ceremony at home?
  • a deceased person is not unsanitary or unsafe to the living or to the environment
  • embalming is not legally required
  • green burials are available in Minnesota  

This event is FREE and open to all. Please join us and learn about your options.

Until every Minnesotan is informed–Make it known; it can happen at home.

 

MTN “Caring for Our Own” workshop largest ever

Twenty people attended the all-day “Caring for Our Own” workshop on November 22, taught by three Minnesota Threshold Network home funeral guides. In MTN’s six years of offering after-death care workshops, this was the largest!

After check-ins, the morning began with guided rememberings of death in our lives, as children and as adults. Anne Murphy presented a brief history of after-death care in the US. Linda Bergh guided the group in becoming more aware of the specialness of this sacred time in the hours and days after a beloved has died. Kyoko Katayama shared the poignant story of her husband’s death, care, and home vigil. 

Anne led the afternoon session by demonstrating step-by-step practical care of the body, with Linda and Kyoko adding stories to illustrate the uniqueness of each experience, as well as the unifying theme of bringing comfort and meaning to families.  Many connections were made as the participants opened to this powerful topic and became a community for the day.

Workshop participants prepare a gracious volunteer “corpse” for disposition. Beautiful cloths and flowers offer one last chance to show love and care for our beloved dead.

It was a day of soul care as well as body care. As one person wrote on the evaluation, “I got a great sense of what after-death body care really is.”  Another participant commented, “The stories made the day’s experience so authentic.”  Another said, “I’m going home and writing out what I would like done for me when I die.”
 
Several people have asked when MTN will offer another workshop. Fortunately the presenters enjoyed working together and found it a good mix of backgrounds, experience, and interest. It’s likely they’ll be doing another workshop. The topics most requested on the evaluation forms were:

  • Green burials
  • Being with the dying
  • Minnesota laws (Come to the Dec. 9 MTN meeting for this!)
  • Facing our mortality
  • Home vigils