Events and Offerings



Upcoming Events


Events posted bellow are a part of a series of events that are being held at Episcopal Homes in Saint Paul and are open to the public.  

Tuesday, Feb 7th 10 am-12 noon Otto Hall
End of Life Care: Defining Palliative & Hospice Care

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Mahan and Peter Cole, RN, will give an overview of palliative and hospice services, advanced health care  planning and theological  view point of end of life care. Look for hospice myths debunked and information on about when to sign on to hospice.

Tuesday, Feb 14th 10 am-12 noon Otto Hall
Advanced Health Care Planning: Making Your Wishes Known

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Mahan and Bob Newby, Advanced Health Care Planning Facilitators will walk you through the basics of filling out your directives; how to begin or complete one. Copies of Directives will be provided as well as how and where to get additional support if needed.

Tuesday, Feb 21st 10 am-12 noon Otto Hall
After Death Care Planning: What are My Options?

Hear from several local businesses and organizations who can inform you about your after death care, burial, cremation and much more.

Local Representatives from Bradshaw Funeral Homes, Crescent Tide Funeral Home, U of M Bequest Program, Minnesota Threshold Network, Minnesota Funeral Consumers Alliance

Thursday, Feb 23rd 2:00-4:00 pm Theater & The Pub

Movie “Consider the Conversation” followed by ‘Death over Drinks’ in The Pub

Join us in watching a remarkable, thought-provoking “Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject” that has opened up conversations and thoughts around the most difficult and often taboo subject, death. Following the movie we will continue  the conversation on with guided discussions over drinks in The Pub.

(Film length: 60 minutes.)

Tuesday, Feb 28th 10 am-12 noon Otto Hall
Planning a Funeral or Memorial Service A Guide to Your Options

Join The Rev. Keely Morgan and Cer ed Life Celebrant Anne Murphy to talk about end of life celebrations available today, be it a funeral or a memorial service. Understand the differences and how best to plan one for yourself or someone you love.

Previous Events

Home Funeral



Bringing Death Back Home: The Family-Directed Funeral

Thursday Oct. 27, 2016, 7 p.m.
Presented by Anne Murphy, Home Funeral Guide, “A Thousand Hands”

A home funeral takes place in a familiar space and involves the family or friends in washing, dressing, and laying out the body for viewing. Home funerals and other family-designed rituals are legal in Minnesota and growing in popularity, as they can often more sensitively reflect the life and values of the person who has died. Anne Murphy has helped many families create and carry out a home funeral. She serves on the National Home Funeral Alliance Board and Minnesota Threshold Network Leadership Committee, and directs the death education group, “A Thousand Hands.”

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The home funeral and death-positive communities care for our own. Together, we have grown and cared not just for the dying and the dead, but for one another.

homebannerPlease join us to celebrate our community, this fall. During the week of the ‘Day of the Dead’, we’ll be hosting live calls each night to keep us learning, growing, and connecting.  Together, we’ll celebrate and honor our past, present and future.

Did you know it costs about $8,000 a year to run our non-profit? That’s what we need to keep bringing you news, stories, interviews, teleconferences each month – for free.  Here’s your chance to pay it forward.

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Introduction to Green Burials and Home Funerals 

Tuesday, October 11th  1-2:30pm  Location: Health Partners

Introduction to Home Funerals 

Tuesday,August 8th 7-8:30pm.  Location: Tergar Meditation Community

The New Death and Dying


May 19th, 2016

6:30-9:30pm / Springhouse Ministries,MSP


March 5, 2016, 10 to noon,  a community conversation. Walker Community UMC, 3104 16th Ave S. Minneapolis, MN 55407. Bring: Juice, Breads, Fruit Salad, Green Salads, Eggs. Suggested donation $5 to cover room rental. RSVP to Anne Murphy @


Photo Credit: Connie Bowen

Introduction to Green Burials 

Tuesday, April 5  10-11am.  Location: Episcopal Homes.  Open to Episcopal Home residents and family members.

Thursday, May 19th  Location:  Spring House Ministries,  610 W. 28th Street, Minneapolis.  Tickets will be available in April. 

Film Screenings

I offer film screenings for the documentaries A Will for the Woods (view trailer), and Death Makes Life Possible (view trailer). Facilitated discussion follows the screening. Contact me to schedule a public event.

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Discussion Sessions About Family Directed After-Death Care & Green Burials

Topics include MN State laws around after death care, and the resources available in the Twin Cities. I speak to book clubs, spirituality groups, churches, hospitals, hospices, clergy and lay people, families. If your group would like to learn more about family directed after death care and/or green burials please get in touch.

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Bringing Art into the Conversation about Death

Tuesday, December 8th 7-9:00pm. Location: home of Kyoko Katayama, 1474 Branston St., St. Paul, MN 55108. Phone: 651 485 7557.
MTN meetings are free and open to all.Minnesota Threshold Network

Natural Death: Preparing for Home Vigils and Home Funerals, Tuesday, December 16:308:30 pm. Carondelet Center Dining Room. Come hear  presenter Anne Murphy whose work promotes a hands-on approach to death through advocacy, support and education. The evening will include a guided discussion focusing on segments from the award willing film, A Will for the Woods.

These educational sessions are being offered to CSJ Consociates, Sisters and friends of the CSJ Community. Cost: $5/session, pay at the door. To register, call 651-690-7062 or

House of Hope Lutheran Church
Saturday, October 24th: Conversations for Seniors, Boomers and there Families.  Panel Discussion on Home Funerals with Anne Murphy.

Location: 4800 Boone Avenue North, New Hope, MN 

National Home Funeral Alliance November Conference Call
Sunday, November 8th/ 7-8pm

Creating a home funeral community in your city. Hear from members of the Minnesota Threshold Network who have been educating and advocating for Home Funerals for over seven years. Facilitated by Anne Murphy.

Call in number 425-440-5100, pin code: 882570#
If you want to listen by web call, visit

Minnesota Threshold Network November Meeting
Tuesday, November 10th/ 7-9:00pm. The Vigil Project:a theatrical presentation by Mayo Clinic chaplain Mary E. Johnson

Location: home of Linda Bergh, 4315 Xerxes Ave, Mpls, 55410. Phone: 612-927-0894.

Death Over Dinner

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 6:30-8:30pm

Minnesota Threshold Network September Meeting

 Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

What are the best books on death and dying? Bring one of your favorites, briefly describe it, and/or read a passage (two minutes max). Or just come and hear about other people’s favorite death and dying books. You will leave with a great reading list for this winter!

At the end of the meeting maybe folks would like to swap books. Event information: MTN September Meeting

Location: 21 Rustic Lodge Ave. East., Minneapolis 55419 Contact phone: 612-823-1910 

National Home Funeral Alliance Conference

October 2nd-4th, 2015
Los Gatos, CA
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Minnesota Threshold Network June Forum 

June 9, 2015, 6:30 pm, “Breaking New Ground” — Picnic potluck, tour of a green cemetery, reenactment of a green burial. Roselawn Cemetery, 803 West Larpenteur Avenue,  Roseville, MN 55113

Introduction to Green Burials at Prairie Woods

June 2nd and 3rd
Praire Woods, Hiawatha, IA

Minnesota Threshold Network 

May 12th, 2015, 7-9pm
Story Night: Recent Home Vigils — at the home of Anne Murphy, 2183 Wellesley Ave. St. Paul

Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care 2015 Conference

 April 19th-21st, 2015
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Advanced Health Care Directive and funeral Planning workshop 

April 19th, 2015, 12-2pm
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church/1895 Laurel Ave./Saint Paul

Public Screening “A Will For The Woods” 

What if our last act was a gift to the planet?   Follow Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. 

Saturday, April 11th, 2014    6:30-9:30pm
The Village at White Pine/ 921 22nd Ave NE/ Menomonie, WI

Breath of Life: Innovative support for families who are expecting the birth and death of a baby

This workshop will provide resources for doulas and others who support families whose baby’s life is expected to be brief.
Topics include: A gentle and practical model of perinatal hospice,  A Doula’s response to the death of a baby, 
Parent’s personal experience, Caring for a baby after death through vigil/home funeral.
Event flyer:  Breath of life Flyer – pdf

Saturday, February 28th, 2014   9-Noon
Cost: $45
Location: Enlightened Mama / 970 Raymond Avenue / Saint Paul

Introduction to Home Funerals and Green Burials

What is a Home Funeral and Green Burial?  How you choose to be cared for after death can have a lasting impact on your community and our planet.  Learn the who, what, and why’s of Home Funerals and Green Burials.

Thursday, March 5th, 2014   6:30-7:30pm
Location: Seward Co-Op / 2823 East Franklin Avenue / Minneapolis
Cost: FREE

Please register for this event at Customer Service. Cancellations must be made 48 hours before the date of the class. 

Family Directed Home Funeral Workshop

Join us as we spend a day exploring our own story around death and learn what a family directed funeral is, after death body care and creating a space for a home vigil.  This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Threshold Network and taught by members Kyoko Katayama , Linda Berg and Anne Murphy.  This event welcomes anyone who want to explore this topic further.

Saturday, November 22th, 2014   9-3pm
Suggested Cost: $25-75
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church/ 1895 Laurel / Saint Paul, MN 55104

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How to talk to your kids about death

This afternoon conversation will be a chance for parents, mentors, teachers, grandparents, aunts and uncles to learn more about how we can talk to our children about death in age appropriate ways using language, art, and ways in which we can address our own grief as caregivers.  The workshop will be lead by the Reverend Dr. Stephan Lander who has been working in this field for decades.

Sunday, September 21st, 2014   12:30-2:30pm
Cost: Free
Location: Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church / 1895 Laurel / Saint Paul, MN 55104

Minnesota Threshold Network Film Screening “A Will For The Woods”

What if our last act was a gift to the planet?   Follow Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang as he prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. 

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014   6:30-9:30pm
Suggested donation: $5
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church / 1895 Laurel / Saint Paul, MN 55104

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