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Workshop 5: Making Friends with Mortality

Workshop 5: Making Friends with Mortality
Workshop 5: Making Friends with Mortality

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  • Today’s consumer-driven society wants adults to forget that aging is a natural process that can be navigated gracefully without plastic...
  • Activity Minutes Lunch 20 Opening 5 Activity 1: Stretching 10 Activity 2: Sharing Journal Reflections 25 Activity 3: Beauty and a Mandala...
  • Coffee, tea, and water service items Tissues (for participant use) Newsprint, markers, and tape Chalice, candle, and lighter, or LED...
  • Arrange for coffee, tea, and water at the workshop. Arrange for furniture setup: For large group: Place tables in a horseshoe arrangement (...
  • Welcome participants as they arrive. Invite them to wear their name tags and to place their special objects on the cloth around the chalice...
  • Light the chalice and offer these words adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: In a house which becomes a home, one hands down and another...
  • Lead the group in these exercises, adapted from the book Five Minute Massage by Robert Thé, demonstrating as you lead. Begin with a new...
  • Invite participants to turn to their journal reflections, which they completed before the workshop, and respond to the question, “What...
  • Introduce the activity with these or similar words: Buckminster Fuller, the inventor of the geodesic dome and other imaginative designs,...
  • Introduce this activity, saying: While it can be difficult at any time to deal with end-of-life issues because they concern our own...
  • Tell participants that you will have a celebration at the final workshop and that lunchtime will be a little longer. Explain your plans (...
  • Post the closing words so all can see them. Shuffle and set out Blessing Cards, text side down, and invite each participant to take one...
  • On Aging When you see me sitting quietly, like a sack upon a shelf, Don’t think I need your chattering. I’m listening to myself. Hold! Stop...

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