‘Life’ play depicts hope for those who grieve

“Life’s Forever Changed” begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Darton College Theatre.

“Life’s Forever Changed” begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Darton College Theatre.

ALBANY, Ga. — In its latest production, GO Ministries demonstrates how hope can be found for those grieving deceased loved ones or other losses in life.

WHAT: “Life’s Forever Changed: Learning To Live Life Again After Death”

WHEN: Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m.; doors open at 5:30

WHERE: Darton College Theatre

COST: Free

Written by Lee County resident Bridget Mack, “Life’s Forever Changed: Learning To Live Life Again After Death” chronicles the personal experiences of Mack’s family after her sister’s sudden death.

Two years ago, 30-year-old wife and mother of two Latoshia Beard died in her sleep from unknown causes. Today, her family still struggles with unresolved feelings in the void left behind.

“After a while, people started telling us that we should be ready to move on,” said Mack. “But you don’t just get over something like that; you just have to learn how to deal with it.

“Most people don’t know what to do in these situations, and the people around them don’t know what to say to support them. My hope for this play is that it will help people learn to cope with their grief and act as a voice for those who don’t know what to say — we will express it for them.”

This is the 28th production of GO Ministries, which members from area churches formed in 2006. Their stage plays include drama, music and dance, and are based on real-life experiences.

Mack and her husband, Travis, produce the family-friendly plays free, so as not to rule out anyone who can’t afford to pay.

“We’re not about the Tyler Perry-esque type comedy,” Mack said. “This is about ministering to others. You don’t have to worry about profanity or indecent exposure — we want all families to be able to attend and bring their children, too.”

According to Mack, the play is not meant to be sad, but an inspiration for families who are grieving, whether it from the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, or something else.

“So many people just don’t know how to reach out, so they turn to other things in their despair and never realize that there are people who can help them,” said Mack. “We want to change that.

“This production shows what our family went through behind closed doors. Grief can destroy families - it almost did mine. We want to help people realize that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.”

With a cast of about 30 people, this is the largest production yet from GO Ministries. Attendees can purchase ads featuring a loved one’s picture that will be displayed as part of the production in a special segment that imagines what it’s like to be in the presence of God. “We hope that people will be encouraged and uplifted by this play, and realize that having someone you love leave this world for Heaven is not a bad thing; the hardest part is us having to deal with not being able to see them again for long time,” Mack said.

“Life’s Forever Changed” begins at 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Darton State College Theatre. Doors open at 5:30 and admission is free.

“We’ve already had a good response, so seats are first come, first serve,” said Mack.

For more information, call Mack at (229) 942-5125.