The documentary “In The Parlor: The Final Good-Bye,” written by Heidi Boucher and directed by Heidi Boucher and Ruby Sketchley, is an intimate portrait of three families opting to care for their loved ones after death.
Katelyn LaGrega’s 2017 film, “The Art of Natural Death Care,” from the Sophia Center in North Carolina, shows families caring for their loved ones after death. The 27-minute documentary, which was presented at the 2017 National Home Funeral Alliance conference, includes clips of MTN’s Linda Bergh.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015: The Vigil Project: a theatrical presentation by Mayo Clinic chaplain Mary E. Johnson
The Vigil Project presents death vigil stories of everyday people. Mary E. Johnson, creator of The Vigil Project, was chaplain at Mayo Clinic for over 30 years. Since most people don’t have many opportunities for vigil experiences, the Vigil Project gives voice to vigils’ healing potential.
After the presentation will be Q&A and sharing of other before-death and after-death vigil experiences.
Kari Olson will share the story of her 26-year-old son Morgan, who died of metastatic melanoma in December 2013. During Hospice and the 3-day vigil, friends and family surrounded Morgan, and Kari had the opportunity to explain home vigils to many young people who had not experienced them before. Community members, including MTN, lent support.
Marti Martin Robinson will share the story of the home vigil for her husband, Jeff, who died on hospice from terminal brain cancer (glioblastoma) on November 1, 2014. Marti had an open house over two days, using the MTN community coffin.
Meeting will take place Tuesday, May 12, 7-9 p.m., at the home of Anne Murphy, 2183 Wellesley Ave., St. Paul. MTN meetings are free and open to the public.
Mark your calendars for upcoming MTN 2014-2015 monthly meetings, all on Tuesdays: October – 14 – Movie night: A Will for the WoodsNovember 11 – Green Burials: the principles and the practicalities — with managers of local green cemeteries December 9 – Story night – A mortician’s experiences with natural burials plus State Rep. Carolyn Laine’s PowerPoint presentation January 13 – Death and Cookies – an open discussion about all aspects of death February 10 – Movie night: This Dewdrop World, connecting a personal death to planetary loss. March 10 – Preparing for death, advance directives, The Conversation(s), advance funeral planning April 14 – Looking at Caregiver Loss after an anticipated death May 12 – Story night: recent home vigils – Practicalities, challenges, benefits, and affects on the grieving process June annual forum TBA
Feb. 18 MOVIE NIGHT
MTN’s February Movie Night will feature Departures, the 2009 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. A young Japanese cellist moves back to his small hometown when his orchestra disbands. Desperate for work, he takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares bodies for cremation. Daigo is too embarrassed to admit his new career, even to his wife. But while working with the families of the departed, he discovers an aptitude for the work and embarks on a spiritual journey to a powerful climax that brings the fragmented pieces of his life together.
Monday February 18, 2013, 7PM at the home of Julie Tinberg, 6801 W. 83rd Street Terrace, Bloomington, MN. 55438, 612-245-3137.
Popcorn and other snacks provided. Free and open to all. Bring your friends and family,
GREAT ARTICLE ON A HOME FUNERAL
Newsweek’s free online arm, The Daily Beast, is featuring an article “Inside a Home Funeral. It begins,
“This is the first time I am so close. There is a body bag on the table, waiting to be opened. Our best friends’ 22-year-old son’s body is inside. His mother and father are across from me, brothers beside, with several women gathered to form the circle around the table. These women will become my sisters in the next five hours, as we prepare the body together.”
You can read the story at http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/05/inside-a-home-funeral.html
HOME VIGILS PART 1 ATTRACTS 25 PEOPLE — HOME VIGILS PART 2 MARCH 18
Twenty-five people attended the MTN meeting on January 22 to hear stories of home vigils, led by Linda Bergh and Kyoko Katayama. There was interest in learning more about the specifics of caring for our own loved ones at death, so Home Vigils part 2 will be offered March 18, 2013, for those who want a deeper understanding of what is involved in this sacred time.
This meeting is a good time to bring friends and family and to learn more yourself about vigils. We will also discuss ways that Threshold Network members who are interested can volunteer to assist families. Free and open to all.
On April 15, 2010 the Minnesota State Senate passed by a big margin (50 to 13) the Home Care of Our Deceased bill (HF3151) which supports home-based after-death care. The bill will now go to the Governor for signature.
What does this mean?
• Families can hold a public visitation on private property without embalming for up to four days
• Minors are no longer prohibited from being in the presence of an unembalmed body
• Safe, appropriate transportation options for the body are broadened
Special thanks to some key players:
• Representative Carolyn Laine who championed this bill and spent many hours working out the details for a smooth passage. Her diligence and deep understanding of the issues involved were impressive.
• Senator Sandra Pappas for sponsoring the bill in the Senate and her eloquence in speaking to the committee and defending the bill on the Senate floor.
• Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center of Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the U of M, whose testimony before both the House and Senate committees and subsequent letter to legislators gave a strong scientific foundation for the public health safety of funerals with unembalmed bodies.
Finally, many thanks to all of you for your support. Writing and calling your representatives made a big difference in the overwhelming votes in favor of these changes in both the House and the Senate.
Pictured below after the first Senate vote on April 12, front row from left to right: Nancy Manahan, Senator Sandy Pappas, Reprsentative Carolyn Laine, Michelle Dehn; backrow: Marianne Dietzel, Becky Bohan Heather Halen