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The Art of Grieving: Emerging Towards A Life Well-Lived

The Art of Grieving: Emerging Towards A Life Well-Lived
Now that every person on the planet has suffered multiple losses from the pandemic, we embrace grief as the art we need it to be. Using artists and our stories we explore grieving as a life-long art.

We've been navigating the reality of repeated losses, some anticipated and acknowledged, some not yet named or fully realized. Like walking in the waves of a turbulent surf, how are we finding our balance? How are we keeping from becoming inundated, exhausted, and overcome?

Rather than retreating from one another’s grief or our collective grief, let's acknowledge that grieving is universal, frequent, episodic, and as demonstrated this year, can occur in multiples of simultaneous loss.

Join Sheila K Collins, PhD and members of the InterPlay-based Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players for this interactive 75-minute exploration of grieving as a life-long art. We look to art and artists for inspiration and, using the tools of InterPlay and the folk arts of dance, song, storytelling and stillness, we honor and metabolize our losses. Participants will be invited to share snippets of their own stories and what they have been learning about the art of grieving through this unprecedented time. This is the second in a series of offering on this theme. Guest artists from the worldwide InterPlay community will join.

Dr. Sheila K Collins PhD is a dancing social worker, grief advocate, and author of Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and Rituals that Heal, Stillpoint: A Self-care Playbook for Caregivers to Find Ease, and Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joy, and an upcoming book, The Art of Grieving, She directs InterPlay Pittsburgh and the InterPlay-based improvisational performance company Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players.

InterPlay is an active, improvisational, creative approach to unlocking the wisdom of the body. As an international social movement, InterPlay is dedicated to enabling ease and balance in human relationships across cultures and between people of different generations and backgrounds. Its practitioners have found that creatively playing with serious issues in community often gets us further than simply working on them.


Movement & Dance Ritual & Ceremony Performance Storytelling Celebration & Remembrance
Wellness Spirituality Arts & Entertainment Grief Living Fully