Let's visit about MortaliTea...

...because living & dying matter...

Deah Kinion, The Mortality Midwife

End-of-Life Doula, Death Midwife

Deah provides support for all aspects of living & dying

All are welcome to the FREE public gathering starting in January 2020

See below for dates & classes.

Watch for online meeting opportunities





We’re mortal, let’s talk about it, maybe with a nice cuppa tea. Because living & dying matter. MortaliTea is a resource for increasing awareness & discussion of our mortal lives. Created by Deah Kinion, End of Life Doula (EOLD), she calls herself the Mortality Midwife, which addresses the gamut of living & making friends with death, as a part of life, see list of services below. We facilitate conversations, with people of all ages, to reduce the stigma, fear, & avoidance associated with death. Embracing our mortality, we may increase its transformative power to cultivate love, forgiveness, gratitude and compassion in our daily lives. Deah Kinion is a End of Life Doula, a relatively new, and ancient, offering of presence to the dying.  Also known as a Death Midwife, EOLD services offer family centered, non-medical, holistic care, advocacy and support for the dying and their loved ones.  Deah offers mortality planning/resources, a holistic approach for a peaceful death, vigil/bedside comfort, legacy planning, and much more. Deah is trained and certified by The Doulagivers® Certified End-Of-Life Doula Training which contains the Approved NEDA (National End of Life Doula Alliance) Core Competencies. Deah Kinion also passed the NEDA exam and was awarded a Proficiency Badge which signifies that a Scope of Practice, Code of Ethics, and Core Competencies  have been met. Deah offers an objective and compassionate presence for the individual during their dying experience. 

Deah Kinion also offers assistance for after-death body-care, and home-based funeral for your loved-one. Deah is a member of the National Home Funeral Alliance and passed in 2020 the exam for a Home Funeral guide & received her proficiency badge from them, indicating that she has met core competencies for this assistance. She does not provide direct care but leads family to provide this offering to loved one.

Deah Kinion is also an Advance Care Planning trainer. Ask if you need help getting your paperwork in order! National Healthcare Decision Day is coming! Just do it! (I can help). All of these offerings can be supported by the Mortality Midwife, seeing dying & living as a spiritual experience.


During this difficult & challenging time of COVID-19 I encourage you to follow my FACEBOOK page for many

informative & supportive links to stay connected. Thanks!

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Services offered by the Mortality Midwife:

  • Mortality educator/planning
  • Advance Care Planning facilitator
  • Holistic approach to a peaceful death
  • Vigil/bedside comfort
  • Mind-body practices, mindfulness meditation
  • Support for individual and loved ones
  • Guidance for after-death body-care
  • Home funeral assistance
  • Legacy planning
  • Resources/choices
  • Advocate for green burial
  • Gatherings for conversations

Besides her training as an EOLD, Deah Kinion is a licensed acupuncturist in practice for 32 years, and retired in 2020. She presents on a variety of topics of self-care and Chinese medicine. Deah has been a mindfulness meditation practitioner and teacher for over 20 years. She may integrate this into an end of life spiritual practice if so desired. Deah is a cancer survivor and has been a regular speaker at Mayo Clinic Cancer Education Center. Her first hospice volunteer training was in Virginia and Ely, MN, in 2003. She is currently a hospice volunteer in Rochester. Deah attended MN Threshold Network gatherings in the Twin Cities until 2014 when she co-founded the SE MN Threshold Network in Rochester. Hospice and palliative care are valuable and can work together with an EOLD, also called a Death Doula or Death Midwife. Call for more information. Please visit our Facebook page for additional resources and activities.

Deah is also a proud member of the MN Death Collaborative.

              Events     

Deah offers classes through Rochester Adult Community Education, see below for dates

Visit the MN Threshold Network

and/or MN Death Collaborative

for monthly Zoom classes on timely topics

Grab a cup & join a virtual 'Tea' to discuss our Mortality

Sat Feb 5, 2022 at 1 PM

ZOOM link HERE

FREE, pre-register to receive link

Deah offers this free gathering to discuss our Mortality and all things related.  What rights & choices do we have for end of life? What is the Death Positive movement? Bring your questions & experiences!

Mon March 7, 2022 6:30 PM

MortaliTea; Let's Talk About it!

REGISTER HERE

We’re mortal, let’s talk about it, maybe with a nice cuppa tea, because living and dying matter. We'll have conversations to help reduce fear, shame, and avoidance associated with death, and offer opportunities to increase preparedness and peace of mind. Embracing our mortality, we may increase its transformative power to cultivate love, forgiveness and compassion in our daily lives. What is a Mortality Midwife?


Mon March 21, 2022 6:30 PM

LIVE GREEN, LEAVE GREEN

REGISTER HERE

Your respect for nature and the environment doesn’t have to die with you. Discover components of a green burial, natural cemeteries and why it matters. More and more choices are available as baby-boomers blaze a trail in the new dying movement. MN families now have increased choices since legislation was passed in 2010. Discover alternatives to the commercial funeral, and how to care for loved ones with an open heart and minimal environmental impact.

Tues April 5 and 12, 2022, 6:30 PM

Make Your Health Care Decision; Learn Why it’s So Important

REGISTER HERE

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) is a nationwide initiative that happens every April to encourage adults to plan in case of a health emergency. Learn why Advance Care Planning is important. Class includes completing an Advance, or Healthcare, Directive (also known as a living will) and appointing a healthcare power of attorney (someone to make healthcare decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself). Then, most importantly, share your decisions with your family and loved ones.

In the first class, Deah will introduce Advance Care Planning, why it matters, and bring a variety of HealthCare Directive options for you to choose from. In the second class, you will further determine your choices and decisions and complete your paperwork in time for NHDD.


Mon April 18, 2022, 6:30 PM

WHAT IS AN END OF LIFE DOULA?

REGISTER HERE

What type of support is needed at end of life? What are the three phases of dying? How might I prepare for end of life for myself and my loved ones? Come to find answers and learn more about the death "positive" movement.


SE MN THRESHOLD NETWORK

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Free, all welcome


Tue Mar 22, 2022, 7 PM a special virtual conversation with artist, author & mandala-maker & ritualist Day Schildkret about his new book Hello, Goodbye, 75 Rituals for Celebration, Loss, & Change. Free, please preregister. ZOOM LINK HERE.



Sat Feb 5, 2022, 1 PM - Join a virtual conversation to discuss our Mortality. Free, pre-register for ZOOM LINK HERE

Thur Jan 13, 2022 - Writing an Obituary with Love, with Angela Woolsey

Tues Oct 19, 2021, 6:30 pm featuring attorney Jen Gumbel, creator of Organized (after)Life to discuss common misconceptions about estate planning.

Tues Sept 21, 2021, 6:30 pm End of life kits for home care. Natural burial in Rochester, MN.

Tues Aug 17, 2021, 6:30 pm Comfort & Care for Pet Loss. Home hospice care, ritual & ceremony for pet loss.

CALL (507) 289-1199 for more info


Live Green, Leave Green.......all about green/natural burial

with Deah Kinion

Wed Nov 10, 2021   6:30 PM

Mortality; Let's Talk about it

Sat Sept 11, 2021, 10:30 AM,

FREE, all welcome!

at Dunn Brother's Coffee, 120 Elton Hill Dr
Rochester, MN

Doulas, Dying, & Transformation

Sat Sept 12, 2020

10 AM - 11:30 AM  FREE, all welcome

Kung Fu Tea, 1006 N. Broadway, Rochester, MN


Come share ideas on comfort, care, & honor for our loved ones. Meet & visit with end of life Doulas in Rochester. Hear about efforts to find meaning, & possible transformation, as we navigate challenging times.

What's Green Burial? Live Green/Leave Green
Mon Apr 12, 6:30 pm

or Sat Apr 24, 11 AM

ONLINE FREE

Celebrate EarthFest 2021

Your respect for nature and the environment doesn’t have to die with you. Discover components of a green burial, natural cemeteries and why it matters. More and more choices are available as baby-boomers blaze a trail in the new dying movement. MN families now have increased choices. Environmentalists will  want to know about water cremation, and conservation burial & other new options for end of life. Discover alternatives to the commercial funeral, and how to care for loved ones with an open heart and minimal environmental impact.

National Healthcare Decision Day

Annually April 16

Right after tax day, can't escape Taxes & Death!

(PS - ANY & EVERY day is a good day to have the conversation!)

This national day of observance exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. Deah is a facilitator for Advance Care Planning & would love to help you complete your paperwork. During this unprecedented & strange time of the COVID-19 pandemic it is also a perfect time for conversations about end of life! We  encourage everyone to visit the website & other resources to have conversations & fill our paperwork for these important decisions. See more on our Resources page.

Saturday January 18, 12:30 PM  2020

at People's Food Co-op, dining area, 519 1st Ave SW,
Rochester, MN

Deah offers the 1st of a series of monthly gatherings to discuss our Mortality and all things related. FREE, all welcome! Do you know about water cremation? green burial? home funerals? what are your choices? what is the Death Positive movement? What do I need to know? Bring your questions & experiences! Happy New Year! Let's do this! Live green/Leave green!

November 2019

November brings a wide variety of events as part of the 2nd annual community collaboration called Community Reflections on Living & Dying. This month of activities helps facilitate conversations and support national Hospice & Palliative Care month, Day of the Dead, Veterans Day, Eye Donation month and Thanksgiving - 'carve out' time to talk with your friends & family! Click on the image/link for a full schedule of events.

Resources

Here are links for additional information. Thank you for your interest!


Conversation Starters


MN Threshold Network Planning & Resources



Green Burial



National Home Funeral Alliance