An MTN member alerted us to this upcoming event in Bloomington, MN, that might be of interest to some MTN members:
[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
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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!
What is our focus for the upcoming programming year?
What truly feeds our passion for this work and feeds the work in turn?
What does our leadership structure look like now, and is that the best way for it to be?
We invite you to join us in examining these questions and more at an open retreat and planning meeting. Based on input from our August core team meeting and the September idea exchange, we will discuss what’s on the group’s horizon, plan the next few meetings, and generally get to know each other and our paths a little better.
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
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Hi, all. Eli here with a list of books, articles, films, podcasts, and ideas shared at the September Excitement Swap!
This year we heard so many amazing suggestions, in so many different media, that I’ve broken them into categories. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title (my apologies to librarians and library-lovers). When possible, I have included the sharer’s name and any commentary they offered on the work. Caveat lector: I am but one fallible mortal who was trying to keep up with a delightfully lively discussion, so there’s a very real possibility that I missed things. If you see errors or omissions, please let me know!
MTN Twin Cities Meeting, September 19, 2017
Book, Article, and Idea Share
Anne Murphy’s home (thank you, Anne)
Notes taken by Eli
Opening: “Epitaph” by Merritt Malloy
Allison’s Gift, Pat Hogan. Tells the story of the death of Alison Sanders, daughter of Beth Knox, one of the early pioneers of the family-directed death movement. (Nancy)
A Bridge for Grandma, Carol McCormick, illus. Marie Olofsdotter. Children’s book about a young girl who has a near-death experience in the hospital and meets her dead grandmother. (Nancy)
Laughing in a Waterfall, Marianne Dietzel. This book is gripping. The way the school community come together for the home vigil is amazing. Marianne explores every dimension of why that’s so powerful. (Nancy)