January Event: Staying Green in Final Disposition

We’re excited to ring in the new year by focusing on the important topic of Green Burial on Tuesday, January, 18th from 7-8:30 CT!  Presenters Marilaurice Hemlock and Anne Archbold are co-founders of Final Blessings. They are active members of the Land Conservation Natural Burial Project, a local group working to establish a conservation burial area in the Twin Cities metro area. You won’t want to miss this! See below for event description and zoom details. 

Event Description: 
A natural burial creates opportunities to ritualize the cycle of birth-life-death that connects us with the entire earth community. We will view and discuss portions of a video of a natural burial graveside service conducted by funeral celebrants, Anne Archbold and Marilaurice Hemlock. You’ll hear stories from Heinz Brummel about how he helped carry out his dear friend’s wishes for a natural burial and what that experience was like for him. Along the way, you’ll get information about natural burial, local options for natural burial and resources to continue your learning on this topic. We also look forward to discussing how you can incorporate environmentally-friendly after death care options in conversations with individuals, families and their support networks. This is a very important topic but it is not only about death. It is about tending the Earth, living mindfully, and dying consciously according to our deepest values and beliefs. We welcome you to share in this conversation.

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Meeting ID: 836 9389 5590
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November Event: Minnesota Death Collaborative (MNDC) Shares Mission and Leadership

Join us on Tuesday, November 16th from 7:00- 8:30 PM CT!

Description: The MNDC is a group of integrative death professionals who serve the community in a variety of ways. They are end of life doulas, home funeral and vigil guides, celebrants, green burial advocates, body workers, and much more. They work together to provide integrative death care opportunities to those who are dying, their families, and their support network. MNDC leaders Anne Murphy, Janet Brown, and Nina Guertin will join us to share stories and gifts for the community. This event will be helpful for locals and for those who are developing services related to the threshold of dying.

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Meeting ID: 896 7798 6317

October Event: Conscious Dying and a Home Vigil and Sacred Closing Ceremony

Join us on Tuesday, October 19th from 7:00- 8:30 PM CT!

Description: Marianne Turnbull died at home and was not only involved in planning her home vigil and memorial, but wished for her death to become an education for others. Her daughters Julia and Nicole were actively involved in accompanying their mother throughout the journey, and creating beautiful rituals. Julia will share stories of her mother’s conscious dying process and home vigil, along with Lisa Venable & Wayne Swanson, who served the family as guides.

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Meeting ID: 813 6109 9158

September Event: Home Vigil Story & Water Ritual Blessings for Grief

Minnesota Threshold Network begins its yearlong focus on Home Vigils with a deeply personal story and an opportunity to participate in a Water Grief Ritual. Join us on September 21st from 7-9 PM CT.

Home Vigils exist in all cultures, but for many people, death has been separated from life by our institutions. MTN shares examples of how home vigils can become commonplace again. We want to inspire those who are closest to the deceased to personalize their own approach to say their final good-byes. Home Vigils are often in addition to more formal public funerals.

Home Vigil Story – Part 1

Join us for Paul Treuer’s compelling story of his father’s 3-day home vigil. Paul’s children had been born at home, and Paul recalled how important that had been for his wife and him. However, a home vigil is not part of normal hospice care and would not have happened without Paul’s desire to care for his father’s body and provide space for the family to honor and grieve him at home. Thankfully, the hospice team included someone who could facilitate a seamless transition from hospice care to family care. Paul hopes you will listen to his radio interview and formulate questions. 

Water Ritual Blessing for Grief – Part 2

Join us for a ritual that offers an opportunity to express grief for any losses you may be experiencing, past or current. The ritual is simple, private, and intimate. In preparation, you will receive an email from MTN before the event with ideas on how to build a simple altar to recognize and honor the loss.

Paul Treuer is a retired college educator from Duluth. His story was part of, Through The End of Life series by Two  Harbors Community Radio. Stream it at KTWH.org, Episode 6. Ellen Hufschmidt is a Chaplain, Ritualist, Counselor, and Author of With Our Own Hands: A Guidebook for Ritual Blessing of the Dead. She served as a Grief Counselor for 10 years at Essentia Hospice in Duluth, She was a co-producer and lead interviewer of Through the End of Life Series Ellen is on the Minnesota Threshold Network leadership team.

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Meeting ID: 882 7684 6054

May 14: Art, Poetry, Music, and Ritual for Conscious Dying & Home Funerals

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Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-9:00 pm. Spirit of St. Stephens, 2201 1st Ave S., Minneapolis (enter on 1st Av. S. to the Fireplace Room)
How do you create a vigil or a home funeral? Where do you find the art, poetry, music, and rituals that create meaning and comfort for you and your loved ones?
Learn how you can include your family and friends in the dying process and a home vigil with items you already have in your home. Feel free to bring songs to be sung, poetry to be read, shawls, statues, artwork, and/or pictures of a vigil space — if you have ever helped create one or have experienced one.
MTN meetings are free and open to all, but donations and love offerings are welcome.

March 5, 2019: End-of-Life Doulas

Due to snow storms, the Feb. 12, 2017, End-of-Life Doula presentation has been moved to Tuesday, March 5 from 7:00 to 9:00pm, 7801 E Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN



Mary Ann Boe, Jane Whitlock and Christy Moe Marek are end of Life Doulas providing companioning, resources, and support at the end of life. Stories from the field and information about the role of an End of Life Doula, along with time for Q&A.

For a fabulous November 2018 TEDx talk on end of life doulas by Jane Whitlock, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ-LI68xS8g