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About our Name
Bill Schaefer, Founder
What is Sena?
Why is Sena Foundation Unique? Sena Staff and
Sena Foundation is an autonomous and unaffiliated 501(c)3 non profit organization providing free services to the world community.
Our Name - Sena Foundation is dedicated
to the memory of Sena Hanson Bennett ( 1875 - 1954), who was a practical
nurse whose committment to love without fear touched all who knew her.
Sena was the maternal grandmother of Sena's founder, William Bennett Schaefer.(
Note: Pronounced See'-na )
Sena's roots lie in the hospice movement, where those who worked in hospice discovered that the concepts and programs that worked so well with hospice patients and their families were also applicable to those who did not meet hospice criteria.
Unlike the hospice programs, Sena's programs are directed to people in all stages of life. Sena Foundation offers two main areas of education and training: programs aimed toward allowing individuals to experience death/dying, grief and loss issues in their own lives, and programs devoted to preparing individuals to become involved in the care of those experiencing grief and loss. The implementation of all programs involving care for those experiencing grief and loss focuses on the development of community volunteer and peer support, allowing care to be given without cost.
Sena Foundation is supported by tax-deductible donations, memorials, and grants.
Sena Foundation is guided by a board of directors and staffed by the founder, Bill Schaefer, and other volunteers.
Sena Hanson Bennett ( 1875 - 1954
and Executive Director of Sena Foundation has
worked in the death/dying and grief/loss movement for over fifteen years.
Before starting Sena Foundation he was director of a home
care hospice in Fredericksburg, VA. In addition he worked with the
Francis Center, a death education group in Washington D.C., where he
produced and directed a series of video training programs entitled "Conversations
with Families Facing Death".
He began working towards the formation of Sena in 1984; the organization began its community work in 1986. Mr. Schaefer has worked with over 400 dying persons and their families. He has trained over 300 volunteers and has conducted workshops and group training on the grief and loss aspects of terminal illnesses, divorce, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness, ecological concerns, and a variety of other social issues. He has conducted programs for General Motors, the Beverly Corporation, the Bay Consortium, and the National Social Workers Convention. His work, both workshops and one-on-one sharing, has been gratefully received throughout the East Coast and Mid-west. Sena Foundation programs are offered free or at minimal cost. Care for those experiencing grief and loss focuses on the development of community volunteer support, allowing the care to be given without cost.
"I had the good fortune to participate in a workshop weekend led by Bill Schaefer . . . . As I am a teacher and a group leader myself, I delighted in working and learning under a master teacher at both the intellectual and affective levels. That workshop ranks among the two or three educational experiences which have truly touched and changed my life."
Ann Archer, Director of Continuing Education, Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, Virginia.
is Sena Foundation?
Sena Foundation is an educational organization focusing on a full range of grief/loss issues. Death, dying, and bereavement; the loss suffered as a result of such issues as divorce, abortion, chronic disease, and aging; cultural death denial, culteral "joy" denial; the impact of personal denial on our life-long attempt to "stay well" - all are examples of issues Sena Foundation addresses through existing programs.
Sena Staff back to index
Vice President - Lee Ana Schaefer
Secretary/Treasurer - Mischelle Messenger
Director - Bill Schaefer
Assistant Director - Mischelle Messenger
Midwest USA Coordinator - Delores Heinen
Northwest Coordinator - AnnMary Driscoll
USA,Central Office, Sena Foundation, Bowling Green, VA, 108 South Main Street, 22427 USA, Voice 804.633.7575, A United Way Agency
Sheboygan, WI, 1322 North 12th Street, 53081 USA, 920.452.2113
Seattle.WA, firstname.lastname@example.org (contact, AnnMary Driscoll)
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