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      Sharing the Seasons, Bill Schaefer and guest
      "Sharing the Seasons",
      Sena's television series, is hosted by Sena director, Bill Schaefer and consists of conversations between him and a guest. The guest is either professional in the field of grief and loss or someone who has first-hand experience with the trauma associated with loss. The third and fourth season were recorded on state-of-the-art ampex one inch videotape at a professional recording studio in Richmond, Virginia. The programs are of the highest quality in both content and form. Sena is proud to make these tapes available to the public. The series is available to public access cable stations and educational groups and institutions. In addition any tape may be purchased or  borrowed from the Sena library by private individuals for viewing on any 1/2 inch VCR.

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Series One
Bereaved Mother l A.I.D.S. Education l HIV Positive l Grief and the Spiritual Life l Grief Loss Beyond Death and Dying l
Nursing Home Activities Director l Nursing Home Resident l Native American Cultural Loss l Sudden Death l Funerals 
Divorce l Euthanasia l Death and the Spiritual Perspective l St. Francis Center l Native American History
Living with Leukemia l Wife of Leukemia Patient l Death and Dying-Examination and Transformation
Childhood Loss l Registered Nurse l Life and the Spirit-WWII Medic l Loss in Literature l Addiction and Loss
Survivor of Suicide l Death Ethics Overview l Grief and the Spiritual Life


Series Two
Central American Cultural Loss l Bereaved Father l Bereaved Mother l Native American Losses
Loss-When does it begin? l Nursing Home Resident l Social Worker at Nursing Home l Episcopal Priest
Mortality Denial l Pet Project l Codependent l Vietnamese Cultural Loss l Cremation l Bereaved Mother
l Grief, Aloneness and Solitude l Bereaved Son-in-Law l Bereaved Daughter l Anger-Issues of Loss
Philosophical Persectives of Death and Dying l African-American Cultural Loss
Euthanasia-Defining the Debate l Mother of Dwn's Syndrome Child l Living Wills l Divorce l
 Hemlock Representative l Home Health Care Social Worker


Series Three
James Farmer-Civil Rights Activist l A.I.D.S.Education Trainer l HIV Positive l Hospice Worker l Bereaved Wife l
Bereaved Son l Divorce l Radiation Oncologist l Pet Loss Grief l Loss and the Spiritual Life
Meditation, Healing and Accepting Mortality l Infertility l Horrendous Death l Bereaved Daughter
Caring for the Mentally Challenged l Homeless Person l Substance Abuse-Issues of Loss l Bereaved Mother
Virginia State Senator l Suffering ,Loss and Compassion l Teenage Suicide l Bereaved Wife
Nursing Home/Nursery School - Interchange Program l Blindness l Homelessness l



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 death.

WEEK 2: Tape #1102 Bea "A.I.D.S. Education" Bea, 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" Mr. 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" Mrs. 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 of self-worth.

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 spiritual life.

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.


Episode Play Order

Year Two: 26 Episodes

WEEK 1: Tape #1201 Andres "Central American Cultural Loss" Mr. Kaelin tells about ritualized Central American customs related to death and dying. 

WEEK 2: Tape #1202 Brad Sharp "Bereaved Father" Mr. Sharp, whose four-month old child died suddenly, shares his struggle to work through the loss. He describes his day-to-day effort to express anger, fear and guilt.

WEEK 3: Tape #1203 Gretchen Sharp "Bereaved Mother" Mrs. Sharp shares the catastrophic experience of the death of her four-month old child. The conversation centers around her struggle to both face the reality of and grief from her child's death while trying to maintain relations with her husband and surviving children.

WEEK 4: Tape #1204 Chief Little Eagle Webster Custalow-Mattaponi"Native American Losses" The cultural life of Native Americans is discussed including the traditional roles of the men, women, youth and elderly people. Spiritual beliefs and rituals are an important part of these traditions.

WEEK 5: Tape # 1205 Mini-Workshop "Loss-When does it Begin?" Sena Foundation Director, Bill Shaefer, speaks about the pervasiveness of loss in our lives and the need to understand how early these losses begin. He connects our feelings of self-worth to our ability to understand and cope with these very early losses. 

WEEK 6: Tape #1206 Robert Stephens "Nursing Home Resident" Mr. Stephens relates his twenty-year experience of living in a nursing home environment and his role as President of the Residents' Counsel. He describes the rights and responsibilities of nursing home residents to help determine the conditions under which they live.

WEEK 7: Tape #1207 Patricia Bonnes, MSW "Social Worker at Nursing Home" The conversation with Mrs. Bonnes describes the struggle to create a nursing home environment which offers to the resident maximum freedom and self-determination. She also discusses the impact of loss and grief in the caregiver.

WEEK 8: Tape #1208 Rev. James Williams "Episcopal Priest" Rev. Williams speaks not as a priest, but as a person who has suffered the personal loss of a strong, loving relationship. He describes how he experienced the various stages of grief and loss in a very private and solitary way.

WEEK 9: Tape #1209 or 1210 Mark Fowler, Ph.D. "Mortality Denial" (Professor of Philosophy, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA Dr. Fowler, whose area of expertise is facing mortality, discusses the problems involved in helping individuals face the reality of their own death. The conversation revolves around such questions as, Is denial a natural phenomenon?, What is the appropriate age to begin death education?, and, Does facing mortality lead to a more balanced life?

WEEK 10: Tape # 1211 Christy Beckner "Pet Project" Mrs. Beckner explains a Sena Foundation project in which pet owners regularly take their pets to visit residents of nursing facilities. She describes how the program is designed to involve the pet owners as well as their pets with the nursing home residents.

WEEK 11: Tape #1212 Mike Smith "Codependent" Mr. Smith tells how his study and experience as a family counselor led him to his personal struggles.

WEEK 12: Tape #1213 Kim Oahn Cook, MSW "Vietnamese Cultural Loss" (Director, Vietnamese Resettlement Association) Ms. Cook describes both her personal and professional experience with major cultural losses. She tells about various rituals that are performed to help remember the losses including a "death anniversary."

WEEK 13: Tape #1214 William Phipps, Ph.D."Cremation" Dr. Phipps discusses cremation, its advantages, some of the historical and current problems associated with disposal of the remaining ashes and how cremation fits into the systems of burial customs. 

WEEK 14: Tape #1215 Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard "Bereaved Mother" Mrs. Dilgard, whose 17-month old child was killed just four months before, shares her experience of the tragedy. Issues of anger, depression, guilt and control are discussed. 

WEEK 15: Tape #1216 William Arnold, Ph.D. "Grief, Aloneness and Solitude" (Professor of Religion, Union Seminary, Richmond, VA) The conversation with Dr. Arnold centers on the dichotomy between loneliness and solitude.

WEEK 16: Tape #1217 Pat Collins"Bereaved Son-in-Law" Pat relates how caring for his wife's parents, before they died, affected his marriage and family.

WEEK 17: Tape #1218 Betty Collins "Bereaved Daughter" Ms. Collins tells of her father and mother's deaths and speaks of her struggle to understand her grief as she cared for her parents.

WEEK 18: Tape #1219 Mini-Workshop"Anger-Issues of Loss" Sena Foundation Director, Bill Schaefer, describes the difficulty individuals have accepting and working through their anger. Anger generated by unresolved loss experiences needs to be recognized and environments created where it can be vented. He connects physical and mental health to our ability to deal with our anger.

WEEK 19: Tape #1220 George Van Sant, Ph.D. "Philosophical Perspectives of Death and Dying" (Professor of Philosophy, Mary Washington College, VA) Dr. Van Sant discusses philosophical aspects of death and dying. He describes personal experiences which helped develop the connection between philosophical concepts and his own mortality. 

WEEK 20: Tape #1221 Rev. Lawrence Davies "African-American Cultural Loss" (Mayor, Fredericksburg, VA) Rev. Davies relates several incidences of segregation and discrimination he experienced while growing up. He tells how the black church, born during slavery, was a "liberation theology."

WEEK 21: Tape #1222 Patricia Williams, Ph.D. "Euthanasia-Defining the Debate" (Professor of Philosophy, University of Richmond, VA) Dr. Williams discusses the ethical issues surrounding the international debate over euthanasia. The conversation centers on the community's responsibility in becoming involved in defining the difference between dignified death and prolonged, painful death.

WEEK 22: Tape #1223 Barbara Westebbe"Mother of Downs' Syndrome Child" Mrs. Westebbe shares her experience of raising a child with Downs' Syndrome. She describes the ongoing grief process experienced by parents of mentally challenged children. The conversation also focuses on developing appropriate community resources for these citizens.

WEEK 23: Tape #1224 Robert Veatch, Ph.D. "Living Wills" The Director of the Kennedy Institute for Ethics at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. addresses the question, When is it appropriate to withdraw treatment from a dying person? Dr. Veatch states that unless he or she has a Living Will and has clearly and specifically expressed his or her wishes on this subject, this can be a very difficult problem for the remaining family members.

WEEK 24: Tape #1225 or 1226 Homer Mussleman"Divorce" Mr. Musselman discusses divorce as a loss issue. He shares his struggle to understand and live through the variety of losses involved in the breakup of a primary relationship.

WEEK 25: Tape #1227 or 1228 Frank McGuire "Hemlock Representative" Mr. McGuire, a board member of the Washington D.C. Hemlock Society, describes his organization's efforts to educate the community on the subject of euthanasia. The conversation attempts to look at the issue from a balanced, non-reactionary perspective.

WEEK 26: Tape #1229 Gayle Houck "Home Health Care Social Worker" Ms. Houck explains why a greater need for home-care exists today. Many folks in the community just can't take care of themselves. The concept of hospice-trained home care volunteers is an example of meeting some of these needs.



Episode Play Order

Year Three: 26 Episodes

WEEK 1: Tape #1301 James Farmer "Civil Rights Activist" (Distinguished Professor of History, Mary Washington College, VA) Professor Farmer describes the loss experienced by African-Americans during the horrors of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. He describes the loss of identity known as the "black experience." He then explains why and how he started the Congress of Racial Equality. 

WEEK 2: Tape #1302 Joan Dickson"A.I.D.S. Education Trainer" From the St. Francis Center in Washington D.C., Mrs. Dickson gives an update of A.I.D.S. issues. The conversation attempts to separate the realistic from the imagined fears surrounding this most powerful issue.

WEEK 3: Tape #1303 Bea "HIV Positive" Bea, a young woman who tested positive for the A.I.D.S. virus, shares her ongoing struggle to face past and future losses. She describes her young lover's death, her fear of losing her parents' love and the terrible reality of her own possible death. 

WEEK 4: Tape #1304 John Votta "Hospice Worker" As a newly trained hospice volunteer, he tells of his first experience with someone terminally ill with lung cancer and his own apprehension toward the visit. Later, Mr. Votta describes how his hospice training has changed his thinking and made him more comfortable about looking at his own death.

WEEK 5: Tape #1305 Kerry Lane, RN"Bereaved Wife" Mrs. Lane shares her memories of her husband's illness and death. As a Registered Nurse, she described the process with clear professional understanding as well as sharing her role as a loving, grieving wife.

WEEK 6: Tape 1306 Bobby Lane "Bereaved Son" Mr. Lane recounts the relationship with his father who died two years previously. He remembers and shares the trauma of seeing his role change from care-receiver to caregiver. He also talks about the bereavement process of the last two years. 

WEEK 7: Tape #1307 Mini-Workshop "Divorce" Sena Foundation Director, Bill Schaefer, talks about the need to see divorce as a catastrophic loss issue. He suggests that healing from a divorce is dependent, in part, on understanding the loss process.

WEEK 8: Tape #1308 Arthur W. Burke, Jr., M.D. "Radiation Oncologist" Dr. Burke relates the history and application of radiation therapy. His special focus is the holistic treatment of cancer patients.

WEEK 9: Tape #1309 Mary Jo Parrish, Ph.D. "Pet Loss Grief" Dr. Parrish, Co-coordinator of Sena Foundation's Pet Project, talks about the need to give ourselves permission to grieve over the loss of a pet. The discussion points out how difficult it is to have grief over the loss of a pet taken seriously in our culture.

WEEK 10: Tape #1310 Bill Aycock "Loss and the Spiritual Life" This conversation evolves from the death of Mr. Aycock's infant son. He discusses how that loss affected his spiritual growth.

WEEK 11: Tape #1311 William Rodenhiser, Ph.D."Meditation, Healing & Accepting Mortality" (Professor of Religion, University of Richmond, VA) Dr. Rodenhiser describes his 20-year practice of teaching Christian meditation. He defines the variety of meditation practices and their value in working through grief and accepting mortality.

WEEK 12: Tape #1312 Patti Kaila "Infertility" The grief, loss and guilt associated with the inability to conceive a child is related by Mrs. Kaila. After facing the fact of infertility and adopting a child, she finally conceived and gave birth to a baby daughter.

WEEK 13: Tape #1313 Dan Leviton, Ph.D. "Horrendous Death" Dr. Leviton describes the nature of horrendous death such as war, starvation and environmental misuse. The conversation revolves around the impact of horrendous death on social, political and spiritual issues.

WEEK 14: Tape #1314 Pat Breme"Bereaved Daughter" Her father had several serious and complicated health problems, but always seemed to recover. She tells how it was very difficult for her to accept his death.

WEEK 15: Tape #1315 Stephanie Smith "Caring for the Mentally Challenged" Mrs. Smith describes her efforts to offer equal opportunities to mentally challenged citizens. The discussion includes ways to integrate these individuals into the community. 

WEEK 16: Tape #1316 Charles Collins "Homeless Person" Mr. Collins relates his loss of several close relatives to this becoming a homeless person. He also tells of the difficulties of trying to break the patterns of homelessness, drugs and alcohol. 

WEEK 17: Tape #1317 Mini-Workshop "Substance Abuse Issues of Loss" Sena Foundation Director, Bill Schaefer, speaks on how many losses someone who is a substance abuser has experienced. Understanding the loss process and losses that occur before, during and after substance abuse are discussed.

WEEK 18: Tape #1318 Joan Williams "Bereaved Mother" Mrs. Williams shares the experience of her son's death. Her background as a hospice volunteer brings an unique perspective to the process of grieving.

WEEK 19: Tape #1319 Ed Houck"Virginia State Senator" Senator Houck explains the relationship between government and community as it relates to those persons undergoing losses of all kinds. The conversation points out what government can and cannot do for those experiencing loss.

WEEK 20: Tape #1320 Warren Reich, STD "Suffering, Loss and Compassion" (Professor of Bioethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University Medical School, Washington D.C.) Dr. Reich discusses different types of suffering from losses such as the death of a loved one, divorce and loss of a job. He describes the forms suffering may take including silence, lamenting and anger.

WEEK 21: Tape #1321 Barbara Jamison, Ph.D."Teenage Suicide" As a Sociologist, Dr, Jamison discusses the research that strongly supports the importance of poetry in determining the tendency toward adolescent suicide.

WEEK 22: Tape #1322 Marge Massey "Bereaved Wife" Mrs. Massey tells how her husband successfully lived with leukemia for about six and one-half years. She describes how, at the very end, he faced death calmly and unafraid.

WEEK 23: Tape #1323 Laurie Smalling "Nursing Home--Nursery School Interchange Program" (Co-coordinator of the Sena Foundation Interchange Program) Ms. Smalling describes the growing relationship between nursery school children and nursing home residents resulting from Sena's Interchange Program.

WEEK 24: Tape #1324 Roger Bourdon, Ph.D. "Blindness" (Professor of History, Mary Washington College, VA) Dr. Bourdon discusses two major losses in his life: His eyesight at the age of 12, and the sudden loss of his first wife from a brain tumor.

WEEK 25: Tape #1325 Barbara Gabarow Collins "Homelessness" Ms. Collins, a Sena Volunteer, describes her involvement with a temporary homeless shelter. The discussion revolves around both the problems of caring for the homeless and the moral and ethical issues relating to homelessness.


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