The MTN Twin Cities January meeting is Death Over Dinner. Join us for a potluck dinner and conversations about death and dying.
January 10, 2017, 6:30pm
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
1895 Laurel Ave, St Paul, MN
RSVP to Anne Murphy, 651-964-9128, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to a variety of factors, the Twin Cities MTN chapter will have NO meeting in December. Watch for news about our Death Over Dinner event in January.
The September Twin Cities meeting was our 2nd annual book share, and here are the books we shared. Books are listed alphabetically by title. Where I’d put it in my notes, I’ve included who recommended which book and added their comments, so you can ask us about them later. -Eli
- Alison’s Gift, Pat Hogan.
- Caravan of No Despair, Mirabai Starr. Talks about her grief process after her daughter’s death. (Kyoko)
- Coming to Rest: A Guide to Caring for Our Own Dead, Julie Wiskind and Richard Spiegel (“The guy who made it up as he went”). Also contains several beautiful poems. (Karen Z)
- Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul, Stephen Jenkinson (Griefwalker). Nancy isn’t sure if she liked it or not, but she was shocked, surprised, awed, baffled, and annoyed. She thinks it’s brilliant. A lot of hand gestures were involved. Hypercritical of medical establishment, hospice, & palliative care. Alternative vision of how to die. (Nancy, and also Dawn, who calls it an “interesting” read)
- The Grace in Dying, Kathleen Dowling Singh
- Greening Death, Suzanne Kelly. Becoming at one with the earth. Body-based and Earth-connected. Great quotes. (Anne A is very excited about this book). “Imagine the body as a great feast going back to the Earth.” Politics of green burial advocacy movement, how it’s connected to home funeral/home vigil community & FCA. Privilege/racism/economic accessibility issues around green burial movement, commodification of green death. (Anne A.)
- The Pagan Book of Living and Dying, Starhawk and the Reclaiming Collective. As far as we know, the only book dedicated to death and dying from the neo-Pagan perspective. The source of the body blessing in Passing Through Our Hands (unexpurgated version) (Eli)
- Penroe: In Another Field Without Time, Penny Bosselman (penroe.net)
- Stiff, Mary Roach. Getting popular with teenagers. (Jean)
- The Tao of Death, Karen Wyatt. Based in I Ching. If we’re reading about death, we’re working with our thinking. Brand new! (Linda)
- What Lasts Is the Breath, poems by Janet Eigner; illustrations by Steven Counsell. Poetry and art (Linda)
- What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying, Karen Wyatt. (Karen G)
- When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi. Neurosurgeon with lung cancer chronicles his journey toward death. (Linda)
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.
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.
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”