October MTN Zoom Program: Homegoings

Showing “Homegoings 

a documentary film of a Harlem Funeral Director, by Christine Turner

You are invited to join MN Threshold Network’s (MTN) program to learn with us about traditional Black funerals as carried out by Owens Funeral Home in both Harlem, NY and in NC. In this film your senses will be touched and your heart warmed by the love, music and care that is taken to honor the deceased and family on their journey to freedom by going home. After the film there will be a facilitated discussion. We suggest that in preparation for this film you also watch “Why are Black and White Funeral Homes STILL Separate?” a seventeen-minute interview with Black funeral historian Dr. Kami Fletcher by Caitlin Doughty on her Ask a Mortician channel, for greater cultural context from which this particular type of black homegoing comes from. MTN will not be teaching, only sharing a resource for the purpose of greater cultural appreciation and understanding.

When: 7:00pm, Tuesday, October 20, 2020 (please note the new date of the 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Where: Zoom  Invitation below 

In case you can’t attend but still want to see the films:

MTN Zoom meeting Tuesday October 20, 2020 7-9 PM.

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Black Funerals Homes in Twin Cities:

1. Estes Funeral Chapel, founded in 1962, the only Black-owned and operated funeral home in Mpls. In 2018, Estes built a new facility at 2201 Plymouth Ave N.See this KARE-11 news story.

2. Brooks Funeral Home, since 1941, is at 862 Concordia Ave. St. Paul. 651-228-1935. Margaret Brooks is the owner. See video mentioning Corona Virus at https://www.brooksfuneralhomemn.com/

3. Speilman Mortuary at 344 University Ave, St. Paul, owned since 1984 by the Willwerscheid family, primarimly serves Black families.  https://www.spielmanmortuary.com/obits

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Link Roundup

1. From earthporm.com: “Bye-Bye Coffins, These Organic Burial Pods Turn Your Loved Ones Into Trees”

Based in Italy, the Capsula Mundi project created an organic, biodegradable burial pod that literally turns a person’s remains into nutrients for a beautiful tree growing directly up above. Unfortunately, these burial pods are only a concept idea for now.

Unfortunately, Italian law is keeping this at the concept stage for now.

 

2. A Soft Goodbye is the beautifully story of how a Canadian home funeral guide helped the author and her family grieve the loss of a cherished relative. “No one called 911 or a funeral home. Instead, Richard’s family rang their death midwife.”

3. “What to Do With Our Bodies After We Die”: The Urban Death Project is developing a new option which may appeal to those who want to minimize environmental harm and give something back to the earth when we die. It is a system designed for urban settings in which human bodies are transformed into a soil-enriching substance. This choice can provide a deeply spiritual element for those who see something sacred in the cycles of life and the processes of decomposition and regeneration.

Katrina Spode for the Urban Death Project.
Image by Katrina Spode for the Urban Death Project.

4. “The Trouble With Advance Directives”: New York Times article exploring the shortcomings of the current method of creating and maintaining advance directives in the US.

5. New video from Ask a Mortician: Everyone’s Favorite Conversation ~ Talking about Deathwith your parents.  Caitlin Doughty makes it almost fun, with some good questions at about 4 minutes in, to ask yourself first and foremost.

6. And be sure to catch Doughty’sirreverent take on traditional vs. natural/green burial.