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  • The Cycle of Life
    This issue, and our April 13 event, "MWP Conversations: Endings," are about our cultural tendency to reject death as an option — and how to live intentionally. The narrative shift we are seeking: a re-set about how we (don’t) talk about death, the dying, the elderly, the grieving, and the chronically and terminally ill.
  • April 2019 Table of Contents
    “Tell me, what else should I have done? Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver
  • Think: Michelle Obama Visits
    May Day call to action, Hospice care in Minnesota, statewide conversations about death, Lincoln's impact on funerals, and more
  • Eat, Play, Love: My Journey With Grief
    Endings theme: LaDonna Redmond writes about the grief of losing her 20-year-old child. "Unspeakable loss is what people call it. I hate that phrase. It IS speakable. I am no longer afraid of anything. It is time to contribute to the world in a new and different way."
  • Helping My Mother Die
    Endings Theme: Sheila Callander writes, "The physician came to tell mom that she could have her pacemaker deactivated the next day. He asked if she was ready, and she resolutely said yes. After the physician left, Mom was almost vigorous. She sang, danced, and laughed with us. She brought us into her studio to sketch a still life, then passed the canvas to her girls and we all painted one last time with her."
  • The Death Café
    Conscious Mind: Christin Ament writes about Death Cafés, which are designed to bring normalcy to mortality and demystify ideas around dying. The experience is a gathering of people — often strangers — who meet for refreshments and circle up to discuss death.
  • The Song of Life
    Endings Theme: Megan Druckrey reflects on her work as a hospice music therapist. "When we sing or play a song that holds meaning for someone, it automatically transports us to that time and place. We are able to access memories more easily."
  • Voices on Endings
    Tapestry: Commentary of everyday women engaged with our topic of the month. "When we face death head on, it helps us realize that we have one life to live fully, according to our values, starting today." — Jackie Yaeger
  • MWP Conversations: Report from “Healing in Community”
    January 15 “MWP Conversations: Healing in Community,” more than 150 women discussed the prevalence of sexual assault, trauma-related addiction, and generational trauma, and how to promote stronger community solutions.
  • Our ongoing general responses from readers. 
  • Intentional Dying
    Perspective: Rebecca Thoman talks about the Compassion & Choices movement to allow those with terminal illness to die with dignity, and the work to get support in the Minnesota legislature.
  • Broken System: The Crisis of Elder Abuse in Minnesota
    Act Now: Elder abuse complaints have increased from 4,000 in 2010 to nearly 23,000 in 2017. Minnesota is the only state that does not license assisted-living facilities, which makes it difficult for the state to enforce standards of care. Assisted living licensure is one of the changes Elder Voice Family Advocates is pushing for in the Minnesota legislature this session.
  • Two Countries, Two Elder Care Systems
    Politics & Policy: Selena Moon writes, "For many years I have watched my maternal grandparents in Japan, and my paternal grandmother in the United States, receive health and elder care. I have been struck by the drastic differences in cost, levels of services, and attention to patients."
  • Where can you find the Minnesota Women's Press magazine at April 2019 events?
  • GoSeeDo: April 2019
    International Film Festival highlights women directors, Protecting the Lifegivers, Anti-Suffrage Satire,Textile Garage Sale, Earth Day 5K Bee Run, and more.
  • The Incandescent Detail
    Art of Living: Maureen Aitken writes, "In that way, my writing was an act of love — a prayer in gratitude for what we had, and an antidote to all of the failed treatments. In this time we had together at the end, Mary Ann helped me see a way to survive by building an inner palace — a place no one could touch, both luminous and alive."
  • Contemplating Death
    BookShelf: "Reading a book by a mortician was not something I thought would be funny and moving — but it was... The journey and book are not about finding a singular way of dying well, but about celebrating the many diverse ways people have dealt with an inevitability."
  • Celebrating a Vision
    Celebrations Guide: Susan Armington writes of the sisters of Earthrise Farm. "Their view is flamboyantly simple: Earth is a cosmic gift, and every particle is alive with energy from the Big Bang."
  • The Gift of a Death Done Well
    Spirituality: Debbie Mechley writes, "Whatever beliefs anyone has, I think that there is a door which opens when we learn, with our loved ones, how to die well. I now work as a death doula, and have spent time with hundreds of individuals whom I have held as they birthed out of this world."
  • The Plant-Based Revolution
    Green Guide: “Eating meat is so inefficient,” Michelle Courtright says, listing the factors: “The energy use that goes into raising cattle. The land and water required for crops to feed the animals before you kill them. The methane alone from those animals is 26 times more powerful than the CO2 of all vehicles combined.”
     

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