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Workshop 4: Bereavement

Workshop 4: Bereavement
Workshop 4: Bereavement

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  • The dead are not under the earth, They are in the fire dying down, They are in the moaning rock, They are in the crying grass, They are in...
  • Activity Time Opening 5 minutes Activity 1: Grief Associations and Experiences 30 minutes Activity 2: Journaling 15 minutes Activity 3: All...
  • Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter or LED/battery-operated candle Our Covenant from Workshop 1 Handout 1, Looking...
  • Read the resources listed in Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 4, from Workshop 3. Post Our Covenant from Workshop 1. Customize and make...
  • Light the chalice and share these words from Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux: Mourning has become unfashionable in the United States. The...
  • Invite participants to brainstorm words that they associate with grief and mourning. If after a little while there is a pause in the...
  • Share “What Personnel Handbooks Never Tell You,” a poem by James A. Autry, first published in 1992: They leave a lot out of the personnel...
  • Share this quote from “All Our Losses” by John H. Nichols: Since our experiences, perspectives, and theological orientations differ, giving...
  • Post the newsprint with Elizabeth Kübler-Ross’s stages of grief. Introduce a discussion, saying: Kübler-Ross’s work was very helpful when...
  • Share with participants any updates on upcoming plans. Distribute Handout 1, Looking Ahead to Workshop 5. Either distribute copies of...
  • Distribute Handout 2, Ways to Cope with Grief and ask participants to read it. Invite them to gather in a circle, and, as they are ready,...
  • Make time for individual reflection and discussion with your co-leader after the conclusion of the workshop. Consider these questions: What...
  • The dead are not under the earth, They are in the fire dying down, They are in the moaning rock, They are in the crying grass, They are in...
  • Here are some ways others have found to cope with grief. What would you add? Create visual art: painting, collages, photography, or fabric...

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