We hope you can attend our annual June public forum, this year focusing on green burial. Join us for a mock graveside service and green burial; learn more about current options and regulations around green burial; share stories and ideas.
At the upcoming MTN December meeting, State Representative Carolyn Laine will speak about natural burials. Carolyn has given her PowerPoint presentation to 32 groups around Minnesota. Here’s a chance for local members to see it and share personal stories.
December 9, 2014, 7-9pm, at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. Minneapolis. 612-927-0894. Free and open to all. Look for the EARTH FLAG flying from the front porch and twinkly lights.
What is a “green burial”? Earth-friendly burials are designed to cooperate with the natural process of decomposition and to have a minimum impact on the environment. Typically they feature:
- No formaldehyde-based toxic embalming chemicals
- No metal or hardwood caskets. Only biodegradable containers, made of sustainable material such as pine, or biodegradable shrouds
- No concrete grave liners or vaults. (Minnesota state law does not require burial vaults, but most cemeteries do.)
- No or a natural headstone/memorial
Learn more about green burials at our November 11 meeting with the owner of Prairie Oaks Eco Memorial Garden in Inver Grove Heights and the manager of Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota’s first certified green hybrid cemetery.
November 11, 7-9pm at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. Minneapolis. 612-927-0894. Free and open to all.
WGBH in Boston has a great 9-minute video and article on growing interest in home death care.
A quote from the piece:
“It’s nice to be able to spend time with the body even though the spirit is already gone,” she said. “It’s just the shell. But you can still grieve for yourself.”
Rep. Carolyn Laine and Nancy Manahan gave a presentation at Two Harbors Public Library on September 26, 2013, about home funerals and green burials. The event drew an attentive audience of 40 people who had many questions. The Lake County News Chronicle published an article featuring Carolyn and Nancy: http://www.twoharborsmn.com/event/article/id/25443/. It is clear that interest in green burials is growing.
The next day, Carolyn, Nancy, and Becky Bohan visited the Duluth Casket Shop at the invitation of the proprietor Jude Collins, who makes a range of caskets and urns, some appropriate for green burials. She also offers handmade shrouds, one which can been seen hanging on the wall behind Nancy and Jude. Jude does education on natural burial and is encouraging owners of Duluth cemeteries to accommodate green burials. For more information about her company, see www.duluthcasketshopmn.com.
Dan McComb’s short film “The Coffinmaker” profiles Marcus Daly, who crafts beautiful and simple wood coffins and speaks eloquently about the social and emotional significance of his work. Very well worth 3 1/2 minutes of your time.
Thirty people gathered at the home of Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan May 13 to learn about conventional burials, pictured above, and green burials. Excerpts from a TED-X Talk on conservation burials and a KARE-11 story on alkaline hydrolysis (“flameless cremation”) were shown. For these videos and other resources, visit the MTN Resources page, and scroll down to section C, ECO-FRIENDLY FINAL DISPOSITION RESOURCES.
Eli Effinger-Weintraub recommended an informative and amusing website: The Order of the Good Death from a young California mortician who answers questions about death care on “Ask a Mortician.”
The Minnesota book launch for Charlene Elderkin’s new anthology Where the Tree Falls, the Forest Rises: Stories of Death and Renewal will be Sunday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the home of Nancy and Becky, 21 East Rustic Lodge Avenue, Minneapolis (612.823.1910). Four authors from the Minnesota Threshold Network will read from their pieces.
Lawrence Doe announced his One Hundred Souls Project which offers workshops “designed to awaken possibilities in the dying process, to change fear into awe, and to add a sense of mystery and adventure to the sorrow and loss in death.” A website is not up yet, but Lawrence can be reached at email@example.com.
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church had a funeral planning workshop last week. There are indications that the church may be interested in a presentation from MTN.
MTN member Leslie Reindl died Tuesday night. A vigil is being held through Thursday. A private funeral was held on Friday. Blessings on your journey, Leslie, and thank you for inviting Threshold members to share your passage.
The next meeting will be June 26, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Roseville Public Library, 2180 Hamline Avenue North, Roseville. This is the annual MTN public
informational forum on Home After-Death Care and Green Burials. The event is free and open to the public (as are all Threshold meetings!!).