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 candle aside.
Write on newsprint and post:
My name is __________________.
What am I hoping to get out of this program?
What thoughts and emotions come to the fore when I reflect on death and dying?
What do I need to leave behind to be present in this group?
Post blank newsprint and label it “Our Covenant.”
Make copies of Handout 1, Quotations for the Common Bowl. Cut one copy into strips as indicated. Place the quotes in the bowl.
Customize and make copies of Handout 2, Looking Ahead to Workshop 2.
Obtain the video Up. Many public libraries have copies of the film.
Copyright law requires that you seek permission to show copyrighted video in any context other than your own home. Seek permission from Swank Motion Pictures to show a clip from Up of fewer than 15 minutes. Contact Meghan Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org; 800-876-5577). Cost is $100.
Test equipment and speakers; queue and preview scenes 2 and 3 of Up.
Review Arrangements to Make in Advance in the Introduction, and prepare to share any information you have with participants.