End-of-Life University speaker series

End-of-Life University is a new organization founded by Karen Wyatt, M.D., author of What Really Matters, Seven Lessons for Living from the Dying.
End-of-Life University is hosting a speaker series Nov. 11-14.  Speakers include Ira Byock, MD, on “Options for Best Possible End-of-Life Care,” Marilyn Schlitz, PhD on “Death Makes Life Possible: Transforming the End-of-Life,” and Merilynne Rush, RN, on “Options After Death: Home Funerals and Natural Burials.” Merilynne’s talk is Nov. 13 in the afternoon.
Information about all the speakers and the schedule is at http://www.eoluniversity.com/speakers. It’s easy to register and the whole series is free! If you are unable to participate, the entire series can be purchased as mp3 files for $36. Karen says that hospices will use these mp3 files for their volunteer education programs, and she would like to make them widely available.

November meeting: The Letter

The next MTN meeting is Monday November 18, 2013, 7pm at the home of Becky Bohan & Nancy Manahan, 21 East Rustic Lodge Ave. Mpls. 612-823-1910.
Our topic will be “The Letter,” a personal expression of our thoughts regarding our dying process to share with those we love. The Letter can give a more personal and heartfelt meaning to an Advance Care Directive and lead to deeper life-and-death-changing conversations with family members.
The Letter is not just for someone who is old or actively dying.  It can facilitate a conversation of a young person with his/her parents or a middle aged person with family and siblings.  Threshold participants will share their Letters as examples. Meetings are free and open to all.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Minnesota upcoming event


When: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Where: Roseville Public Library, 2180 North Hamline Ave., Roseville, MN
The meeting is open to the public. There is ample and convenient parking.

Two presentations will follow a brief business meeting:

A Jewish Way of Caring for the Dead
Before there was a natural (Green) funeral movement there were groups who, following ancient spiritual practices, were caring for their own dead. One such local group is Adath Jeshurun Jewish Congregation’s Chevra Kavod Hamet (Hebrew for Society to Honor the Dead), in Minnetonka, MN. The Chevra/Society was founded over 30 years ago to provide support to bereaved families, and to honor the deceased by providing a traditional Jewish funeral which is simple, dignified, and at a modest cost. While Chevra practices are rooted in Jewish belief and ritual, they demonstrate ways that other faith communities, families, and groups can share in the task of caring for our dead. Cindy Dubansky, co-administrator of the Chevra, will be our speaker.

2013 Funeral Home Price Survey
Did you know that the cost of various services offered by funeral homes differs from place to place? Ever wonder how costs among funeral homes compare? Over the past few months Funeral Consumers Alliance of MN board members collected over 80 funeral home general price lists (GPLs) from the greater Twin Cities area and created comparison charts. A member of the board will walk us through the Price Survey, talk about what we learned in the process, and show you how to be an informed “consumer” of funeral home products and services.

The Mission of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Minnesota is education and advocacy for dignified, affordable after-death arrangements in the 21st century.

The New School’s End of Life Conversations Series

Commonweal is a nonprofit center dedicated to healing, learning, the environment, and justice. Founded in 1976 in Bolinas, California, Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health—to a safer world for people and for all life. Through the New School, Commonweal is engaging the conversation around death and dying in American culture.

End of Life Conversations Series:

Despite all of the recent attention to death and the process of dying in America, direct and heart-centered conversations about death are still rare—and patients and families frequently have unmet needs. As part of our work at Commonweal, we have listened deeply to people talking about these issues for decades. Our vision for this series is to contribute to a growing conversation about death in America. We’d like to create a public space where questions of death and dying can be explored in safety and without judgment. The following conversations are part of this growing series.

For links to all conversations in this series, see The New School’s website.