VITAL AGING ~ CONSCIOUS DYING ~ ALTERNATIVE DEATH CARE

NATIONAL RESOURCES:

Undertaken With Love Wonderful booklet to help individuals or groups prepare consciously for all aspects of death, including home death care

www.homefuneralmanual.org/Nancy Poer, a nationally known midwife for dying.

www.nancyjewelpoer.com Nancy’s book Living Into Dying, a great resource on after death care and home vigils is available at

www.rscbookstore.comLiving Consciously, Dying Gracefully by Manahan/Bohan

www.nanbec.comOutstanding book for showing consciousness in all areas of death and dying. Story and practical Minnesota story and authors.
Mary Schuneman, who passed away August 2008, made a beautiful 2 CD set of Spiritual songs.

Naturallyyoucansing.com has access to purchase these and many wonderful children’s song CD/books
Grave Matters by Mark Harris

www.gravematters.usPopular book – catapulting a movement for green burials.
Wisconsin threshold group publishes a booklet called Final Wishes which is very helpful website

http://www.thresholdcarecircle.org A website especially developed for persons sharing journey during major life transitions and challenges.

www.caringbridge.comHospice Care: available everywhere for people who wish to die at home. Multiple services available.

www.nhpco.orgBeth Knox, creator of an East Coast resource center for home after death care..

www.Crossings.net guidebooks available.
Jerri Grace Lyons, creator of a west coast resource center for home after death. Gives trainings about home funerals. Guidebooks available

http://www.victoryag.org
www.finalpassages.orgVital Aging Network: started at University of Minnesota, a website with information on vital aging and conscious dying. Outstanding resource local and national

www.van.umn.edu“End of Life Counselor” Certificate Program

www.alayainstitute.org

Minnesota Agencies

Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center – A Twin Cities Center offering free classes and individual sessions for persons facing cancer and life-threatening or chronic illnesses. Also houses an extensive library

www.pathwaysminneapolis.orgHospice through Fairview Hospital system

www.fairview.org/hospiceMinnesota Hospice resource to find hospice in your area.

www.fairview.org/hospiceKairos Dance Group: intergenerational dance company brings meaning to vital aging by creating all-age community telling peoples’ stories through movement. Amazing.

www.kairosdance.org

Individual Practitioners working in field of Conscious Dying

Marianne Dietzel – Music for Healing and Transition. Music has capacity for healing and assisting during the transition in dying. m_dietzel@yahoo.com

Rev. Lisa Venable facilitates non-religious spiritual counseling for the dying, home vigils and memorial services. 612-250-7859 lisa@lisavenable.com

Portages: Jean Madsen and Michael Sorrell created Portages to support families in creating home vigils and family directed funerals in the Twin Cities area. portagesafa@yahoo.com

Ellen Hofschmidt, ritualist, sacred body washing. Teaches courses and supports caregivers in the Twin Cities area. ritesofchange@aol.com
Rev. Ron Moore directs Center for Wholeness, offering classes and individual sessions for Healing, Spiritual Growth and Wholistic Arts. Ron is a minister, a trainer, and a hands-on-healer amp; available for family ceremony.

www.centerforwholeness.com Ann Westfall, hands on healer trained in meditation and naturopathy. Works with whole person from nutrition to spiritual healing. annewest fall@aol.com

Twin Cities Threshhold group: a informal volunteer group working to support conscious dying and choices after death including home care and vigils by being available to the community and developing informational events. Contact Linda Bergh at linda@lindabergh.org.

WRITTEN RESOURCES ON DEATH AND DYING

Rudolf Steiner Press: Link for books by Rudolf Steiner and many others on topics of death and life after death, meditation and spirituality. www.anthropress.org

Verses mentioned in Utne article or caring bridge: see end of conscious dying section for complete poems : “Quiet”Verse, “Eradicate Fear” Verse, and the St. Francis Prayer

ETHICAL WILL:
Video “My Ethical Will: Theodore Jack Heckelman…a Life Fully Lived , a moving 38 minute video made one month before he died, when he is vibrant with life, and passionate about his love of the earth and all living beings. Creator/Producer Kevin May: www.hiflyn.com. Available $10 (includes mailing) through Linda Bergh at linda@lindabergh.org send check: Linda Bergh 4315 Xerxes Ave S. Mpls. MN 55410

EARTH CHARTER: International document that embodies social justice, earth sustainability, and peace. Links: National information www.earthcharter.org Locally:
e-mail: info@earthc harter-minnesota.org

JACK HECKELMAN COLLECTION – donated to the First Universalist Church in Minneapolis MN www.firstuniv.org. Jack’s personal library of books on the environment, sustainability, earth literacy, and spirituality will be available soon.

KIRSTEN BERGH
SHE WOULD DRAW FLOWERS. By Kirsten Savitri Bergh. Available at www.anthropress.org ISBN # 0-9650869-1-7 $9.95. Also available wholesale plus shipping for stores, institutions, or orders of 10+ through Linda Bergh.: linda@lindabergh.org send check: Linda Bergh 4315 Xerxes Ave.S. Mpls., MN 55410
Information on Waldorf Schools/Education: The largest non-denominational private school movement in the world. Nationally: Google “Waldorf schools” or “Waldorf education.”

Locally in Minnesota:

Twin Cities Waldorf network: http://www.tcwaldorf.org/
City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis: http://www.clws.org/
Minnesota Waldorf School serving St.Paul area: http://mnwaldorf.org /
http:// www.springhillschool.com (Spring Hill Waldorf School) Minnetonka area
Watershed High School Public Charter in Minneapolis http://www.watershedhs.org
Books on Waldorf Education: www.rscbookstore.com , www.anthropress.org. Best sources of books on Waldorf Education, Child Development, Parenting, and the Arts .