March Twin Cities Event: Readers Theater

The March Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities event will take place on
Monday, March 9, 2020 (please note that this is a different day of the week than usual!)
7:00-9:00PM
Falcon Heights Church, United Church of Christ
1795 Holton St (click for map)
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
This Reader’s Theater has been edited for the Minnesota Threshold Network after its debut in NY as a part of a national conference. Come hear how individual community members reflect on their part in the holding of the two teenagers, Nina and Kirsten, and their families in 1996 in Harlemville, NY – both the time leading up to the car accident and throughout the home vigil and the following days. The girls’ parents, Linda Bergh, Marianne and Dennis Dietzel will be present and read their parts. Linda and Marianne are founding members of MTN.

MTN March
All MTN events are free and open to the public. Donations from the heart are always welcome and help pay for brochure printing and venue rental.

Accessibility and Parking at the Falcon Heights Church:

  • The meeting is on the main floor, with the entrance to building accessible via sidewalk from the curb.
  • One gender-neutral/accessible bathroom and two single-gender bathrooms available on main floor.
  • There is ample parking in lot across the street, including disability spots.

Twin Cities January Meeting: Sharing Our Stories

We have had rich meetings this fall when we shared our favorite books about death and dying, stories around the pre-death vigil, and poetry, painting and songs that have been meaningful.

Now we invite you to an evening when we have time………to hear your stories.  Here you have an audience of open hearts. What has been your personal experience with death? How has that changed your life or shaped your current thoughts, wishes, or plans for the end of your life or that of your friends or family? As we listen to others’ stories, we better remember our own. And as we share our stories, we give a gift to the listener. So bring a story or come to be a listener. And you will be enriched.

MEETING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016, 7-9pm at the home of  MARIANNE DIETZEL, 2954 HAMLINE AVE.N., ROSEVILLE, MN (one mile north of Hwy. 36, mailbox at end of driveway has an orange flag on it), 651-633-0432.

share your story

Home Care of Our Deceased –Family Rights Legislation Passes Senate!

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