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.
On Saturday, October 6, 2018, the MTN Twin Cities hosted our third regional gathering. The event brought together people from throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin to discuss what’s going on in our communities around conscious dying, family-directed after-death care, and green burial. The meeting was held at the home of Linda Bergh. Nineteen people attended.
In the morning, each group checked into to tell us all about what they’ve been up to. Here are some general notes from those reports, although no notes can ever capture the true richness of experience represented in that room.
Feeling of dwindling. Would like thoughts on how to grow the network and do work in the community.
Series of meetings to get to know each other by talking about what each person wants for their own death.
Decorated a “coffin” and had each person lie in it. Others talked about what they would miss about the “dead” person
Trainings in body-washing and supporting grieving families
Sunday, November 4: death open mic in Rochester
Elephant in the Room is a local collaboration of hospice, library, medical society, SE MTN, & many others who have worked together for several years. They’re planning a month of death-related events in November called Community Reflections of Living & Dying. Kickoff on Thursday, November 1.
After lunch, attendees held a planning discussion regarding the National Home Funeral Alliance 2019 national conference, which will be held in Chaska, Minnesota from October 4-6, 2019. Anyone who’s interested in helping plan and/or volunteer during this event is asked to contact Mary Ann Boe at maryann @ devanation . com
We are grateful to everyone who made the trek to this gathering, and to Linda for hosting. Let’s keep the ideas and enthusiasm flowing between us.
In 2018, the Rochester Civic Theatre will premiere Stay With Me Awhile by Mary E. Johnson and Barbara Means Fraser. The play tells the stories of death, grief, and healing, collected from Johnson’s Vigil Project during and after her time as a Mayo chaplain.
MTN is organizing a group trip to see this unique and moving play on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.
Karen Greer is our coordinator for this outing. In order to gauge interest, we are asking that folks who want to go with the MTN group contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Wednesday, November 22, 2017. This will allow plenty of time to coordinate transportation and determine whether we will have enough attendees for a group ticket rate. If we don’t have enough for the group rate, we will be asking folks to reserve tickets at rochestercivictheatre.org.
Karen, Eli, & Kathy attended a staged reading of this play in April of 2016 and found it to be a moving and well-crafted piece of theater. Seeing it fully staged with a larger MTN group should be a very enjoyable experience. We hope to see you there!