POSTPONED: June Public Forum

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Hi, all. Due to predictions of inclement weather this evening, we have decided to postpone the June forum for one week. The event will now take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm, at Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Garden. Please see the original event post for full event details, including details directions to Prairie Oaks.

Thank you for your understanding, and stay safe this evening.

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).

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.

Twin Cities March Event: Death Over Easy

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Join us for “Death Over Easy,” a community brunch with conversations about death.
Circle around the table for brunch and conversation on a topic that we like to keep under the table. We will listen to each other and share our collective wisdom about death. Through exploring thoughts and feelings, we can more readily move through fears, shed inhibitions, and forge deeper connection with our loved ones.  It can be that easy!
Brunch  Details
DateMarch 5, 2016
Time10-Noon
LocationWalker Community United Methodist Church  
                 3104 16th Avenue South
                 Minneapolis, MN 55407 
                  Walkerchurch.org
Bring: Juice, Breads, Fruit Salad, Green Salads, Eggs
Also bring: Your own tableware (plates, cups, utensils, napkins)
Cost:  Suggested donation of $5 to cover room rental
 
PLEASE RSVP to Anne Murphy 651-964-9128annievmurph@gmail.com or Marianne Dietzel 612-743-2370, mariannemdietzel@gmail.com
 
So that we can have starting places for our shared conversations,  we have selected a couple short, engaging, informative, and inspiring pieces that we encourage you to read, watch, and listen.

Bronnie Ware worked for many years with patients who were in the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. She shares the five most common regrets they shared with her.

Watch:  You only die once. Engage with Grace.Eliza Corporation founder Alexandra Drane delivers a passionate talk about the need to discuss end of life decisions, and how we can approach this topic with grace and dignity. At the heart of this short video is a powerful story of losing a family member to cancer.deathoverdinner.org

Listen:  Breaking the Taboo of Talking About DeathMichael Hebb, founder of deathoverdinner.org, says how we want to die represents the most important and costly conversation Americans aren’t having. He explains how this project gives people the tools to move through these conversations.