When Death Threatens Someone We Love - Life REALLY Matters | Sheila K. Collins | TEDxUNLV

Is it really true that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger? In this poignant, sometimes funny, TEDx talk, author, speaker and performance artist Sheila K Collins shares the wisdom and deep insights gained while accompanying two of her adult children and her best friend through their death-defying health challenges; AIDS and Breast Cancer. As a social work professional, Dr. Collins offers suggestions to help others arrived at a place of resilience and recovery after undergoing their own extreme challenges. Dr. Sheila K. Collins has spent the last 10 years researching, writing, and performing about what gets us through the tough stuff and helps insure that come through our challenges stronger than before. A writer, therapist, keynote speaker, and improvisational performance artist, Sheila has written an award-winning book, Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals that Heal. The book chronicles her journeys accompanying two of her three adult children and her best friend through their life-threatening illnesses and deaths. Using the skills of her various backgrounds, Dr. Collins demonstrates in her presentations and workshops how art-based tools have helped her and can be helpful to others as they navigate challenges, grieve their losses, and reinvest in a more vibrant future. Her blog, Dancing with Everything is on her website www.sheilakcollins.com This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx