The Art of Grieving How Art and Art Making Help Us
Learn the Magical Ways Art Transforms Grieving! (No art skills required.)
A resource by Sheila K Collins PhD
Learn the Magical Ways
Art Transforms Grieving!
(No art skills required.)
Loss is inevitable, yet too often we bury our grief,
pretending we're OK when we're not.
In my new book (COMING SOON), I'll share some uncommon notions about grief and how the arts, and art making,
have transformative powers that take us to the heart of the matter.
After an early career as a professional dancer, I became a social worker, therapist, and social work professor. When my own life handed me so many invitations to grieve–I turned to the arts and they did not disappoint. I published a book about my experiences accompanying two of my adult children and my best friend through serious illnesses and death and was surprised that many people seemed afraid to read it. This put me on a several yearlong path writing weekly blogs and researching how grief got such a bad reputation. This has resulted in my upcoming book, The Art of Grieving: How Art and Art-Making Help Us to Live Our Best Lives, and my offering a six-week course on Reimagine based on the book. Since 2006 I have directed and performed with the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based improvisational troupe, often responding to topics of grief and loss.