MN THRESHOLD NETWORK PRESENTS OPEN FORUM on DEATH AND DYING Bring Your Questions and Experiences MARCH 16, 2021, 7-8:30 PM Central Time Zoom invitation at end of post
To folks from all communities. We’re ready to discuss whatever you want to share. For example, how can I honor COVID deaths, cope with loved ones dying alone or talk about my final wishes? Bring wonderings or stories about making the dying process more comfortable and meaningful, death rituals more personal, and burials more natural. We will explore together.
Ellen Hufschmidt, MA, end-of-life guide, grief counselor, hospice chaplain, MTN leader, and author of With Our Own Hands: A Guidebook to Ritual Blessings of the Dead will host the evening along with other MTN leaders.
Meeting ID: 764 907 5003 One tap mobile+13126266799,,7649075003# US (Chicago) +19292056099,,7649075003# US (New York)
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Mark your calendar! MTN’s Annual Book Sharing meeting: Tuesday December 15, 2020, 7-9 pm (central time)
This year, in addition to focusing on family-directed after-death care and green burials, MTN is joining the national conversation about white privilege and systemic racism. Share your favorite book, video, or podcast on death and dying or unlearning racism. Go home with a list for great winter reading, viewing, and listening.
Zoom link: December 15, 2020 7:00 PM Linda Bergh (MTN) is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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The MTN Twin Cities May event will take place on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 7 – 9 p.m. See the end of this email for details on accessing the meeting.
This session is designed for people who may not feel that they have enough social or personal support to have the kind of end-of-life experience and an intimate home vigil to honor their life, in the way they may want.
There will be two sections to the evening. First how to begin to think about the support you already have. but not fully recognized. The second half will help you learn about resources and volunteers that are available through MN Threshold Network.
Also appropriate for individuals and people who represent social services that work with folks who many find themselves in this situation such a people living in halfway houses, programs, independent elderly with little family, people who feel outside familial social supports, network of friends that function like family, etc. Come join us on-line for the evening’s program.
Hello and happy Wednesday, Thresholders! We hope this message finds you as well as can be in these unusual times.
Most of you will have guessed this already, especially with Governor Walz’s newly released Stay-at-Home order, but we want to make it official:
The April Minnesota Threshold Network Meeting has been postponed.
We invite you stay home with your loved ones, if you’re able. Perhaps take the time to complete or review your advance directives, wills, and funeral wishes. Maybe check out the resources on the MTN website. And if you’re an essential services provider who’s still out there working: thank you. We appreciate everything you do for the health and welfare of Minnesota.
What do May and June hold for MTN? Well, we’re not sure yet. We invite you to keep your eyes on your inbox and the MTN Facebook page for future announcements.
Let’s continue to check in with each other and look out for one another. We’re all in this together. Even while we’re apart.
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.
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.
The next Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities meeting, “Working Respectfully with Trans and Nonbinary Communities,” will take place on:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 7-9 PM St. Peder’s Lutheran Church 4600 E 42nd St Minneapolis, MN 55406
(click link for map)
Transgender and nonbinary people have existed for as long as human cultures have been creating genders, but some of our language and concepts may be new to you. Transgender and nonbinary individuals and communities may have different needs and face different challenges around end of life and after-death care than our cisgender peers. Join Minnesota Threshold Network on a journey through the wonderful world of trans and nonbinary terminology, current concerns, and what we in the deathcare field can do to ensure that our work respects this diverse and vibrant community.
Our guides on this exploration are:
Root Holden (he/they), transgender podcaster and death educator
MTN facilitators: Eli Effinger-Weintraub and Anne Murphy
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations from the heart for space rental and printing materials are gladly accepted.
Building is ADA compliant. There is no curb cut on the east side of the building (where we will be entering), but the entrance is accessible from the sidewalk. We will update later once we understand how to best access the sidewalk that leads to the door.
Building has an all-gender restroom.
Lights are either on/off, not dimmable.
There is a furnace that occasionally will make one loud-ish hissing sound. It is unpredictable.
Scented cleaning products are sometimes used in the space. Please limit your use perfumes, lotions, or other scented products as much as possible before the event.
The Minnesota Threshold Network Twin Cities December meeting will take place on
Tuesday, December 10th, from 7-9 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, Jackman Room
1919 LaSalle Ave South, Minneapolis (click for map)
(enter through Door #1 at the above address)
It’s holiday season. Loud messages of good cheer and celebration flood the shops and media airways. Holiday season can be a sacred time of deepening and solace, or it could be a time of stress and loneliness after the death of a loved one. Come join us to explore how you can make inner and outer spaces that support making room for feelings of grief and loss. We will explore how you can honor your own truth and the memory of your loved one throughout the holiday season and beyond.
MTN Facilitators: Ellen Hufschmidt, Chaplain and Grief Counselor; and Kyoto Katayama, Psychotherapist Emerita and Death Educator
The program is sponsored by Minnesota Threshold Network
and supported by Plymouth Congregational Church’s Mortality Project.
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart for space rental and printing materials are gladly accepted.
Accessibility info: We will be meeting in a lower level room, which is accessible by elevator. Some of the building’s restrooms are all-gender. Lighting levels are adjustable if needed.
Please join MTN for a recap and lively discussion on the National Home Funeral Alliance biennial national conference, which was held this October in Minnesota. Some of the conference participants and presenters will report on our experiences, including the mock vigil room, the Saturday night art share, heart connections, and more. We’ll share patterns we noticed, things we’re excited about, and actions we’re inspired to take next.
Participants may include:
St. Mary’s has both single- and all-gender restrooms and an elevator. All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public; we gratefully accept donations to help pay for meeting spaces. Please feel free to contact us with questions.
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.
A new play titled Stay With Me Awhile, by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser had its world premiere at the Rochester Civic Theatre in February of this year. The play focuses on the stories told by family and friends as they face the approaching death of their loved ones.
Vignettes from Stay With Me Awhile will be presented in Reader’s Theatre format at the next meeting of
Minnesota Threshold Network Tuesday, December 11, 7-9:00 pm at Spirit of St. Stephen’s 2201 1st Ave S, Minneapolis 55404
(Entrance is on the corner of 1st Ave and 22nd St
street parking and a small lot for St Stephen’s is adjacent)
Following the readings there will be time for group discussion. Please join us as we hear the compelling stories of people leaving this life.
Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.