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Workshop 1: Talking about Death

Workshop 1: Talking about Death
Workshop 1: Talking about Death

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  • In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep...
  • Activity Time Opening 15 minutes Activity 1: Creating a Covenant 10 minutes Activity 2: Death Talk 10 minutes Activity 3: Readings from the...
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape 4'x4' black cotton cloth Several small cups of colored sand One chalice large enough to hold all the sand One...
  • Lay out black cloth on table. Fill cups with different colors of sand and place around the outside edge of the black cloth. Put chalice and...
  • Welcome participants. Share these words from Amy Tan in her novel Saving Fish from Drowning : Here the lessons of Buddhism seemed true,...
  • Invite the group to create a covenant together. Say, “What would make this group productive and safe for you?” List responses and encourage...
  • Invite participants to brainstorm a list of euphemisms, metaphors, and slang for death, burials, funerals, and so on, capturing the list on...
  • Introduce this activity using these or similar words: As we reflect on death, dying, and grief in this program, we will practice deep...
  • Say, “You may have seen the Disney Pixar movie Up . In it is a story of death and grief that sets the stage for subsequent action. Let’s...
  • Invite participants to settle down and relax. Lead a guided mediation using these words: Remove things from your hands, and place your...
  • Share with participants upcoming plans so that they are prepared for upcoming workshops. Tell them that Workshop 7 will include...
  • Extinguish the chalice and share these words by Kate Walker: As we bring this time to a close, we recognize that each moment leads to a new...
  • Make a time for individual reflection and discussion with your co-leader after the conclusion of the workshop. Consider these questions:...
  • Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. — Psalm 23 (KJV...
  • In the end, people don't view their life as merely the average of all its moments—which, after all, is mostly nothing much plus some sleep...

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