Twin Cities Meeting November 9: A Family Undertaking

What is old is often new again. Elizabeth Westrate’s A Family Undertaking uncovers a growing social trend: the home funeral movement. More often, Americans are choosing to do it themselves when it comes to burying loved ones and easing their own grief. Far from being a radical innovation, however, keeping funeral rites in the family or among friends is exactly how death was handled for most of pre-twentieth century America.
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The showing will take place on Wednesday, November 9 (please note! Wednesday meeting!) at 7 pm, at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mount Curve Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55105 (follow link for map). Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public, but donations of the heart are gratefully accepted.

Friends of the St. Paul Public Library series: (New Ways of) Thinking About Dying

MTN Twin Cities members Anne Murphy, Anne Archbold, and Marilaurice Hemlock will presenters in the St. Paul Public Library’s upcoming discussion series “(New Ways of) Thinking About Dying.”

Presented by The Friends and Health Advocates—a Saint Paul-based public health consulting group which promotes communication that bridges differences in culture, language, and class.

From ‘conscious dying’ at home, to family-designed home vigils, to green burials, dying people and those who care for them are rediscovering and redefining what happens before, during and after death. Continue reading “Friends of the St. Paul Public Library series: (New Ways of) Thinking About Dying”

Six-week Befriending Death class begins September 28

Kyoko Katayama
Kyoko Katayama

MTN Twin Cities core team member Kyoko Katayama will once again be offering her Befriending Death: Meeting Impermanence with Courage, Love, and Equanimity class at Common Ground Meditation Center starting next week!

In this six-week long class, we explore how we relate to death and dying–our own and that of others; some of the rituals and care involved in end of life; grief. We practice relating to death as a teacher and friend who can break our heart yet awakens us to live more fully.

The class is Buddhist in orientation. Some familiarity with Buddhism and meditation will be helpful. All programs are offered free of charge at Common Ground but donations are welcome. Go to the CGMC website for more information and to register on-line.

Wednesdays, September 28 to November 2, 2016, 10:30am to 12:30 pm

Common Ground is located at 2700 East 26th Street, Minneapolis (click link for map).

October Meeting: Regional Threshold Conversation; Saturday, October 15

In place of a regular Tuesday or Wednesday night meeting, we will have a regional gathering of advocates for home funerals and green burials. Home funeral activists from the Twin Cities, Rochester, Northfield, Brainerd, and Wisconsin will share visions, challenges, and plans. All are welcome.

Date: Saturday, October 15, at 10amPotluck lunch to follow.
Place: home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave. S. Minneapolis 55410 (follow link for map). Phone: 612-325-2775.

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Photo from the MTN 2015 summer planning meeting. Probably taken by Becky Bohan

September Twin Cities Meeting: Book Sharing

Books about death: they're made of dead trees!

What are your favorite books on death and dying? Bring one of yours, briefly describe it, and/or read a passage (two minutes max). Or just come and hear about other people’s favorite death and dying books. You will leave with a great reading list for this winter!

At the end of the meeting, maybe folks would like to swap books.

Date and time: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. Location: 21 Rustic Lodge Ave. East., Minneapolis 55419 Contact phone: 612-823-1910 (In case GPS directs you to the wrong side of Nicollet Av. it’s 1/2 block EAST, not west, off of Nicollet Avenue)

Free and open to all!

The Vigil Continuum: Caring for Our Loved Ones from Pre-Death

The Minnesota Threshold Network invites you to a free Public Forum

The Vigil Continuum:

Caring for Our Loved Ones from Pre-Death

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Tuesday, June 14, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church1895 Laurel Ave, St Paul, MN, 55104. Unmetered on-street parking available.

Forum topics include:

  • Holding a vigil in the last days or hours of life

  • Holding an after-death family-directed vigil

  • Legal issues involved with vigils

Featured guests include State Representative Carolyn Laine and former Rochester Mayo chaplain Mary E. Johnson of The Vigil Project.