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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November Twin Cities Meeting: Home Funerals: Family directed after death care

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Presented by

Minnesota Threshold Network – Twin Cities

Ellen Hufschmidt, MA, chaplain and hospice grief counselor,

and Kyoko Katayama, PhD, LICSW

Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 -7:30pm

The Community Gathering Space at 514 Lowry Ave NE

(Adjacent to Carma Coffee Shop)

Did you know that

  •  when a loved one dies, family and friends can care for the deceased and hold the visitation and ceremony at home?
  • a deceased person is not unsanitary or unsafe to the living or to the environment
  • embalming is not legally required
  • green burials are available in Minnesota  

This event is FREE and open to all. Please join us and learn about your options.

Until every Minnesotan is informed–Make it known; it can happen at home.

 

October Twin Cities Meeting: Open Planning and Leadership Retreat

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  • What direction is MTN Twin Cities moving in?
  • What is our focus for the upcoming programming year?
  • What truly feeds our passion for this work and feeds the work in turn?
  • What does our leadership structure look like now, and is that the best way for it to be?

 

We invite you to join us in examining these questions and more at an open retreat and planning meeting. Based on input from our August core team meeting and the September idea exchange, we will discuss what’s on the group’s horizon, plan the next few meetings, and generally get to know each other and our paths a little better.
 
The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 6-9 p.m. We will gather at Nancy Manahan and Becky Bohan’s home, 21 East Rustic Lodge Ave, Minneapolis.
 
All Minnesota Threshold Network meetings are free and open to the public. Donations of the heart accepted.
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The Results Are In!

Hi, all. Eli here with a list of books, articles, films, podcasts, and ideas shared at the September Excitement Swap!

This year we heard so many amazing suggestions, in so many different media, that I’ve broken them into categories. Entries are arranged alphabetically by title (my apologies to librarians and library-lovers). When possible, I have included the sharer’s name and any commentary they offered on the work. Caveat lector: I am but one fallible mortal who was trying to keep up with a delightfully lively discussion, so there’s a very real possibility that I missed things. If you see errors or omissions, please let me know!

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MTN Twin Cities Meeting, September 19, 2017
Book, Article, and Idea Share
Anne Murphy’s home (thank you, Anne)
19 attending
Notes taken by Eli
Opening: “Epitaph” by Merritt Malloy

BOOKS

PODCASTS and OTHER AUDIO

ARTICLES

WEBSITES

FILMS

THEATER

  • Stay With Me Awhile Mary Johnson & Barbara Means Fraser. Rochester Civic in February. Karen G. will be coordinating an MTN group trip to this event.

QUESTIONS

  • What is the connection between mainstream fear of/separation from death and the hatred, violence, and oppression we are living in now? (Eli)
  • Can we meet hatred with love? How? (originally posed by Carolyn Laine; relayed by Eli)
  • Are people being given the choice of not having morphine and experiencing the pain at end of life? (Marianne)
  • Palliative and sedation. Are we as healthcare agents and other end-of-life tenders listening well enough to advocate for what the dying person truly wants? (Kathy)

UPCOMING EVENTS

MISCELLANEOUS NOTES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Kyoko is creating a chapbook based on her experiences with death, grief, and healing in the last months of her husband’s life. She will share more information when it’s available.
  • Karen G. has started giving talks on facing our mortality. The next one is at Sunday, November 19, 1-5 p.m., at Wellsprings Farm in Annandale. Contact Karen for more information.

MTN Twin Cities September Meeting: Excitement Swap

Join MTN Twin Cities for our annual reading information exchange: with a twist. Bring a book, article, or burning question that’s got you fired up and thinking about death and dying issues in new ways, even if it’s not directly related (though of course we love hearing about those, too). For instance, some questions we’ve been asking include: How do we fight hate with love? How might our culture’s fear and avoidance of death feed the acts of hate and oppression that have recently been committed in this country, and what can we do to change it?

We’ll each talk briefly about our materials and ideas and then use all of that excitement to help determine MTN TC’s direction for the coming year.

Our passions pull us in many directions. We embrace that complexity and look forward to seeing where it leads us.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 7:00 pm. We will meet at the home of Anne Murphy, 287 Mount Curve Blvd, St. Paul 55105. MTN TC meetings are free and open to the public.

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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!!

Twin Cities May Meeting: Jewish Death Practices

Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel, Minneapolis

Continuing our “Expanding the Conversation” series, the MTN Twin Cities May event will be on Jewish Death Practices. Our presenter will be Jim Wardlow of Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to all.

Tuesday, May 9, 7:00pm
Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel, 126 E. Franklin Ave, Minneapolis (click link for map)

Questions? Need more information? Contact the Minnesota Threshold Network at mnthresholdnetwork@gmail.com.