Undertaken With Love Wonderful booklet to help individuals or groups prepare consciously for all aspects of death, including home death care Poer, a nationally known midwife for dying. 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. 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 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.. guidebooks available.
Jerri Grace Lyons, creator of a west coast resource center for home after death. Gives trainings about home funerals. Guidebooks available
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“End of Life Counselor” Certificate Program

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 Hospice resource to find hospice in your area. Dance Group: intergenerational dance company brings meaning to vital aging by creating all-age community telling peoples’ stories through movement. Amazing.

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.

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

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

Ellen Hofschmidt, ritualist, sacred body washing. Teaches courses and supports caregivers in the Twin Cities area.
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. Ann Westfall, hands on healer trained in meditation and naturopathy. Works with whole person from nutrition to spiritual healing. annewest

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


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

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

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: Available $10 (includes mailing) through Linda Bergh at 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 Locally:
e-mail: info@earthc

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

SHE WOULD DRAW FLOWERS. By Kirsten Savitri Bergh. Available at ISBN # 0-9650869-1-7 $9.95. Also available wholesale plus shipping for stores, institutions, or orders of 10+ through Linda Bergh.: 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:
City of Lakes Waldorf School in Minneapolis:
Minnesota Waldorf School serving St.Paul area: /
http:// (Spring Hill Waldorf School) Minnetonka area
Watershed High School Public Charter in Minneapolis
Books on Waldorf Education: , Best sources of books on Waldorf Education, Child Development, Parenting, and the Arts .