SHARING THE SEASONS
Episode Play Order
Year One: 26 Episodes
WEEK 1: Tape #1101 Marilyn Chisholm"Bereaved
Mother" Ms. Chisholm shares the experience of caring for her dying
son. She also describes the long, painful bereavement following her son's
WEEK 2: Tape #1102 Bea "A.I.D.S. Education"
who is HIV positive, has been working as an A.I.D.S. education and prevention
counselor at Virginia Beach, VA, speaks frankly about how to prevent A.I.D.S.
with safe sex.
WEEK 3: Tape #1103 Bea "HIV Positive"
Bea, a recent college graduate, talks about her life and the changes she
has undergone since learning that she is HIV positive.
WEEK 4: Tape #1104 Rev. Walt Westbrook "Grief
and the Spiritual Life" Rev. Westbrook describes the problems faced
by clergymen who must consistently deal with the grief and loss experiences
of their church members. He explains methods of caring for his church community
while creating an environment where he can safely experience his own grief.
WEEK 5: Tape #1105 Mini-Workshop "Grief
and Loss, Beyond Death and Dying" Sena Foundation Director, Bill Schaefer,
talks about the inner-relationship between understanding our own mortality
and living through the innumerable losses experienced during our lives.
WEEK 6: Tape #1106 Diane Wooters"Nursing
Home Activities Director" Creating a safe, home-like environment where
the resident will feel care and respect is her goal, according to Ms. Wooters.
She stresses the importance of volunteers that come every week giving care
and support and developing personal relationships.
WEEK 7: Tape #1107 Lewis Aistrop"Nursing
Home Resident" Mr. Aistrop, a long time nursing home resident who is
confined to his wheelchair, describes life in a progressive nursing home
facility. His sometimes humorous account of adapting to a controlled environment
explains how individual freedom is still possible in a nursing home.
WEEK 8: Tape #1108 Oliver Perry, "Native-American
Cultural Loss" (Chief Emeritus of the Nansemond Tribe) Chief Perry
presents his picture of the Indian religion emphasizing their respect for
the land and all living things. He stimulates a vigorous discussion of
the problem of Indian skeletons and other remains in museums and why they
should be returned to their people for proper burial.
WEEK 9: Tape #1109 Rev. Marlyne Cain"Sudden
Death" Rev. Cain tells of her work in the emergency room with persons
who have suddenly lost someone close. They are not prepared for the shock.
Long range effects include feelings of rage, injustice and the feeling
of being robbed.
WEEK 10: Tape #1110 Walter Snellings"Funerals"
Snellings, a progressive funeral director, discusses optional rights and
responsibilities of bereaved families. In the conversation, he points out
his belief that the role of the funeral director requires not just dealing
with the physical arrangements , but also with the grief of family members.
WEEK 11: Tape #1111 Dianna Ryan"Divorce"
Ryan discusses the breakup of her 12-year marriage. She recalls the struggle
to define herself as a result of the separation and divorce.
WEEK 12: Tape #1112 David Jones, Ph.D. "Euthanasia"
(Professor of Philosophy, College of William and Mary, VA) Dr. Jones discusses
philosophical issues of euthanasia. Both active and passive euthanasia
and the impact on our society are examined.
WEEK 13: Tape #1113 Father Jeramiah Cullinane "Death
and the Spiritual Perspective" (Humanities Instructor, University of
Charleston, WVA Father Cullinane describes his grief following the loss
of his parents. He relates this to what he means to accomplish when officiating
at a funeral service. He emphasizes that faith does not cure grief.
WEEK 14: Tape #1114 Bill Wendt, STD"St.
Francis Center" Rev. Wendt, Director of the St. Francis Center in Washington
D.C. and a national leader in the death/dying, grief/loss movement, discusses
the history of the movement. He shares his unique capacity for living in
the moment and sharing unconditional love.
WEEK 15: Tape #1115 Roger Bourdon, Ph.D. "Native-American
History" Professor Bourdon tells about the many cultural losses of
the American Indians since the advent of European Culture. He discusses
the problems Native-Americans have in maintaining their religion and sense
WEEK 16: Tape #1116 Bo Massey"Living
With Leukemia" Mr. Massey, who has been living with leukemia for six
years, shares his struggle to create balance through non-traditional approaches
to facing the disease. His use of nutrition, self-disciplined focus and
spiritual practice to confront his leukemia lends insight into living with
a catastrophic loss.
WEEK 17: Tape #1117 Marge Massey "Wife
of Leukemia Patient" Mrs. Massey discusses the experience of living
with a leukemia patient. She describes how the process has affected her
husband as well as the impact it had on her own physical, emotional and
WEEK 18: Tape #1118 Mini-Workshop "Death
and Dying-Examination and Transformation" Sena Foundation Director,
Bill Schaefer, talks about understanding the loss process. He speaks about
stages, control and the need to be involved in the loss process of others
in order to understand and accept our own mortality.
WEEK 19: Tape #1119 Edward Gratzick, LCSW "Childhood
Loss" Ms. Gratzick states that children, by the age of nine, can understand
death. People should be honest with them and tell them the truth; prepare
them for what they might see at a funeral.
WEEK 20: Tape #1120 Mary Francis Cowan"Registered
Nurse" Ms. Cowan talks about catastrophic losses in her own life and
dealing with the losses in her professional life. She discusses the importance
of support groups for caregivers.
WEEK 21: Tape #1121 Manuel Litt "Life
and the Spirit-WWII Medic" Mr. Litt relates his experiences as an American-Jewish
Medic in Europe during World War II. He integrates the war stories with
his personal religious perspectives.
WEEK 22: Tape #1122 Sue Hanna, Ph.D. "Loss
in Literature" (Professor of English, Mary Washington College, VA)
Dr, Hanna tells of how authors deal with dying in such plays as Our Town
and King Lear. The discussion includes the treatment of death and dying
in poetry and prose.
WEEK 23: Tape #1123 Jon Winder "Addiction
and Loss" As a substance abuse counselor, Mr. Winder discussed the
addictive personality and the losses before, during and after addiction.
The conversation centers around the recognition of causes and symptoms
as well as effective treatment.
WEEK 24: Tape #1124 Maureen Collins"Survivor
of Suicide" Losing her best friend to suicide has had a profound effect
on Ms. Collins. She is now actively trying to help others who have similar
experiences by starting a support group for survivors of suicide.
WEEK 25: Tape #1125 Robert Veatch, Ph. D. "Death
Ethics Overview" (Director of Kennedy Institute for Ethics, Georgetown
University, Washington D.C.) Dr. Veatch, whose book Death, Dying and the
Biological Revolution has become a standard in the field of ethics. The
conversation revolves around issues such as the definition of death, dying
and the natural life span.
WEEK 26: Tape #1126 Rev. Don Place "Grief
and the Spiritual Life" Rev. Place, an Episcopal Priest, talks about
the grief issues he has experienced working in his parish. He describes
the impact of his personal grief/loss process in his spiritual life.