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.

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Twin Cities June Forum Focusing on Green Burial

photo by Eli Effinger-Weintraub
From the mock green burial at our 2015 June forum.

We hope you can attend our annual June public forum, this year focusing on green burial. Join us for a mock graveside service and green burial; learn more about current options and regulations around green burial; share stories and ideas.

 
WHEN: Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, 8225 Argenta Trail, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077 (between Highway 55 and 149).
 
This event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome to help the Minnesota Threshold Network continue our work.
Please note that Prairie Oaks has no bathroom facilities. We’re keeping the program deliberately short for this reason, but you know your body best; please take care of yourself when deciding whether to come.

Driving Directions:

The directions on Google Maps are accurate for Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, 8225 Argenta Trail, Inver Grove Heights, 55077.

A couple of helpful hints:

  • When driving from the Twin Cities on Hwy 55E, remember to turn RIGHT onto Argenta Trail from 55. (The signage there is misleading.) Only .3 miles after turning onto Argenta, folks turn LEFT to stay on Argenta Trail. (If you miss this turn and go straight, the road turns into Yankee Doodle.)
  • After this turn, drive .3 miles and Argenta curves to the right. Soon after the curve, turn right onto Auburn Path, which is the access road to Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens.
  • There is NOT a permanent sign indicating the entrance to Prairie Oaks but you will see a Truck Repair and Equipment business at the entrance.
  • MTN will mark the entrance to Prairie Oaks with a bright sign!!

Report on November 11, 2014 meeting: Natural Burial & Alkaline Hydrolysis

The meeting was lively and highly informative with 16 people present. We had two presenters: Dan Kantar from Mound Cemetery of Brooklyn Center,  Minnesota’s first certified hybrid green cemetery, and Anne Archbold from Prairie Oaks Eco Memorial Garden, Minnesota’s first completely green cemetery.   

It was helpful to hear detailed information about natural burial, what is required, who is requesting it, what are the costs, why people are planning ahead, and how such a burial can help bring closure. Both presenters were most helpful in answering detailed questions about the process.  

We also heard about Bradshaw Center in Stillwater, which offers alkaline hydrolysis (flameless cremation), from MTN member, Dawne Anderson, who visited the facility during last month’s MTN field trip.

People went away enlivened and informed, wishing to spread the word about these options, and looking forward to December’s meeting, the third and final MTN meeting on green burials this fall.

A Busy Week for MTN!

This has been a busy week for the Minnesota Threshold Network!

Last Friday through Sunday was the national conference of the Funeral Consumer’s Alliance. The headline speaker was Caitlin Dougherty, pictured below, of “Ask a Mortician” You Tube fame. Her website Order of the Good Death has garnered lots of views and her whimsical yet down-to-earth presentations can be a gateway for people seeking information and alternatives to the commercialized funeral industry.

Caitlin Dougherty
Caitlin Dougherty

The FCA conference sponsored a field trip to Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Gardens, a natural cemetery where we saw a grave from the previous week.

Prairie Oaks grave site
A natural burial site at Prairie Oaks Memorial Eco Garden

One exciting aspect of the conference was to experience the close bonds that are forming between the local chapter of FCA and MTN. We share a lot of the same goals, and it was inspiring to be around so many people committed to bringing choices to the American public. For more information about the local chapter, go to the new Minnesota FCA website

Beth Knox Presentation
Elizabeth Knox

On Tuesday, MTN held our annual public forum, featuring for the first time, a national leader. Elizabeth Knox, President of the National Home Funeral Alliance, spoke about the healing power of caring for our own at death, honoring the dead by disturbing their body as little as possible, and the ways that death care nourishes our spirit, our culture, and our Earth. Almost 90 people attended the presentation at Macalester Plymouth United Church in St. Paul.

Beth and MTN members
Linda Bergh, Elizabeth Knox (featured speaker), Anne Murphy, Rep. Carolyn Laine, Marianne Dietzel, Becky Bohan, Nancy Manahan, and Kathy Huset at MTN June 10 Forum

Thursday evening MTN member Anne Murphy of A Thousand Hands organized the showing of the award-winning documentary movie A Will for the Woods at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. Some of the 45 attendees stayed afterwards to participate in discussion groups about the film and natural burial.

Finally, this week MTN was contacted by members in Rochester and Bemidji who would like to form local Threshold Networks. Anyone who is interested in helping launch these outstate organizations is welcome. Just send an email to MTN or attend the MTN meeting in Rochester at the People’s Co-op on Monday, August 25 at 7:00 pm. For information contact Char Tarashanti at 507-289-0720.

Meanwhile, no meetings are planned in the Twin Cities for the summer. We will resume regular monthly meetings in September. A Will for the Woods will be shown at a fall meeting. Meeting dates and locations to follow.