When Parting Has Become Sweet Sorrow
From the venue:
June 21 Event at The Mask Center to
Benefit Mercy Care Atlanta
Evening will be devoted to cultivating techniques for living full lives after the deaths of loved ones.
Atlanta, Ga.-On June 21 at 7 p.m. Sheila K. Collins, Ph.D., will conduct a special presentation entitled "When Parting Becomes Sweet Sorrow: Stories, Songs and Celebrations of Those Forever in Our Heart" at The Mask Center, 1083 Austin Ave., N.E. #008. During the hour and a half event, Collins will use singing, storytelling and other techniques to touch on the lessons tough times such as the loss of loved ones can teach people and how to live more fully after suffering the death of a close relative or friend. Collins will be assisted on stage by the Atlanta Soul Print Players, an improv troupe associated with InterPlay Atlanta; Collins serves as director of InterPlay Pittsburgh. 
The June 21 presentation will take place on the 20th anniversary of the death of Collins' son, Kenneth, who succumbed to AIDS, a disease that continues to afflict 1.1 million people in the U.S. alone. "When Parting Becomes Sweet Sorrow" is in honor of Kenneth Collins and profits from the event will be distributed to Mercy County Atlantahttps://www.mercyatlanta.org/SERVICES, whose mission includes serving people with AIDS/HIV.
A $20 donation is suggested for the evening and includes a copy of Collins' award-winning book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and Rituals That Heal.
During the presentation, the following issues will be addressed:
• Reminders of deceased loved ones and how to respond to them.• Finding meaningful lessons from someone no longer living.• Finding special ways to honor deceased loved ones.• Extending the legacy of loved ones who have passed away.
Sheila K. Collins, Ph.D., is a writer, dancer, social worker, therapist, and improvisational performance artist. Her book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals that Heal describes her journey with two of her three adult children through illness, treatment, death, and the rituals that helped the family to heal. She currently directs InterPlay Pittsburgh and the Wing and A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based performance troupe that assists human service agencies to accomplish their noble purposes in the Pittsburgh community.