December Movie Night: The Art of Natural Death Care

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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.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 5, at 7:00 PM at 21 E Rustic Lodge, Minneapolis, MN 55419.

All MTN Events are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.

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Twin Cities April Movie Night: Passing Through Our Hands

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Passing Through Our Hands: a home funeral care guide video

We will have a movie night on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 7 pm, at the home of Kathy Huset, 1811 West Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul (enter through front door, go up two flights of stairs); 651-645-8313. We will be screening Passing Through Our Hands: Home Funeral Care Guide, a documentary on after-death care of the body. Most of us have few opportunities to learn how to care for a body; this short film gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that in a simple, dignified, and loving way.

“Passing Through Our Hands” starts when the person dies and covers how to wash the body, dress and lay out the body, hold a vigil, and move the body into a coffin. It includes a link to guidelines and written instructions in addition to the video training.

If you would like a copy, visit Passing Through Our Hands. Cost is $15.

February movie night: “This Dewdrop World” connects individual death to planetary loss

February 10, 2015, 7-9 pm Movie Night: This Dewdrop World, an award-winning documentary that interweaves two unfolding stories: climate chaos and a filmmaker shocked by her mother’s ALS diagnosis. The planetary story mirrors the personal journey of learning how best to respond to rapid, catastrophic change.
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel, Saint Paul. For more information, contact Anne Murphy at annievmurph @ gmail.com or 651-964-9128. Free and open to all.

“This precious jewel of a film opens us to inner resources for accepting and responding to the inevitability of climate change. It accomplishes this with heart-wrenching beauty, by interweaving two stories: that of the filmmaker’s mother facing her death by ALS, and that of . . . the realities of climate chaos. Each story brings exquisite teachings about how to tolerate impermanence . . . . I want everyone I know and do not know to be refreshed, nourished and emboldened by This Dewdrop World.”  

– Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in Without Going Crazy

​For a trailer of This Dewdrop World, click here.

 

Please join us: upcoming MTN meeting dates

Mark your calendars for upcoming MTN 2014-2015 monthly meetings, all on Tuesdays: October – 14 –  Movie night:  A Will for the Woods November 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

We hope to see you there.

A Will for the Woods: public documentary screening October 14

 

 

The Minnesota Threshold Network will host a public screening of A Will for the Woods on Tuesday, October 14. In this green-burial-focused documentary, musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. His passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark discovers the movement to further sustainable funerals that conserve natural areas.

Enabling Clark’s wish is green burial pioneer Joe Sehee, who aims to realize this concept’s vast potential by helping define its goals and standards and endeavoring to open the world’s largest conservation burial ground. Moved by Clark’s persistence and relying on Joe’s guidance, local cemetarian Dyanne Matzkevich, though avowedly “not a greenie,” establishes the first natural burial ground in North Carolina. Together she and Clark endeavor to protect the tract of forest adjacent to her conventional cemetery, developing a close bond.Winner of numerous awards!

See http://www.awillforthewoods.com/about-our-doc/

Please join us!

Tuesday October 14th
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church
1895 Laurel Avenue/Saint Paul/Mn/55104
*Suggested donation: $5. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

6:30 Arrival and Introductions
7-8:30 A Will for the Woods
8:30-9:30 Optional group discussion

MTN Movie Night: Passing Through Our Hands

We will have movie night on Monday, October 21, 2013, 7 pm, at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave, Minneapolis, 612-927-0894. We will be screening Passing Through Our Hands: Home Funeral Care Guide, a documentary on after-death care of the body. Most of us have few opportunities to learn how to care for a body; this short film gives step-by-step instructions on how to do that in a simple, dignified, and loving way.

“Passing Through Our Hands” starts when the person dies and covers how to wash the body, dress and lay out the body, hold a vigil, and move the body into a coffin. It includes a link to guidelines and written instructions in addition to the video training.

If you would like a copy, visit Passing Through Our Hands. Cost is $15.

MTN Movie Night: The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman

The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack HeckelmanThe Minnesota Threshold Network is hosting a screening of The Most Excellent Dying of Theodore Jack Heckelman on Monday, August 5, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

This documentary of what Jack called “my last great adventure” shows footage of community and family support including his casket being made by a niece, family and friends gathering to say farewell, and care for him after death in a three-day home vigil.

It was Jack’s wish that this film be his legacy of hope and encouragement for all people, to empower them with choices for their own dying.

The event will be held at the home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave South Minneapolis 55410. An open discussion will follow. The event is open to the public. An RSVP is helpful, but anyone welcome without notice.

FFI, contact Linda Bergh at hellolindabergh @ gmail . com or 612-927-0894