"Sharing the Seasons"
Television Series
- Season 1
Click the links below to see episode descriptions.
Bereaved Mother
A.I.D.S. Education
HIV Positive
Grief and the Spiritual Life
Grief Loss Beyond Death and Dying
Nursing Home Activities Director
Nursing Home Resident
Native American Cultural Loss
Sudden Death
Death and the Spiritual Perspective
St. Francis Center
Native American History
Living with Leukemia
Wife of Leukemia Patient
Death and Dying-Examination and Transformation
Childhood Loss
Registered Nurse
Life and the Spirit-WWII Medic
Loss in Literature
Addiction and Loss
Survivor of Suicide
Death Ethics Overview
Grief and the Spiritual Life

Year One: 26 Episodes

"Bereaved Mother"
WEEK 1: Tape #1101 Marilyn Chisholm
Ms. Chisholm shares the experience of caring for her dying son. She also describes the long, painful bereavement following her son's death.

"A.I.D.S. Education"
WEEK 2: Tape #1102 Bea
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. 

"HIV Positive"
WEEK 3: Tape #1103 Bea 
Bea, a recent college graduate, talks about her life and the changes she has undergone since learning that she is HIV positive.

 "Grief and the Spiritual Life"
WEEK 4: Tape #1104 Rev. Walt Westbrook
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.

"Grief and Loss, Beyond Death and Dying"
WEEK 5: Tape #1105 Mini-Workshop 
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.

"Nursing Home Activities Director"
WEEK 6: Tape #1106 Diane Wooters
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.

"Nursing Home Resident"
WEEK 7: Tape #1107 Lewis Aistrop
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.

"Native-American Cultural Loss"
WEEK 8: Tape #1108 Oliver Perry (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.

"Sudden Death"
WEEK 9: Tape #1109 Rev. Marlyne Cain
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
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
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. 
(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.

"Death and the Spiritual Perspective"
WEEK 13: Tape #1113 Father Jeramiah Cullinane (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.

"St. Francis Center"
WEEK 14: Tape #1114 Bill Wendt, STD
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.

"Native-American History"
WEEK 15: Tape #1115 Roger Bourdon, Ph.D. 
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.

"Living With Leukemia"
WEEK 16: Tape #1116 Bo Massey
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.

"Wife of Leukemia Patient"
WEEK 17: Tape #1117 Marge Massey 
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.

"Death and Dying-Examination and Transformation"
WEEK 18: Tape #1118 Mini-Workshop 
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.

"Childhood Loss"
WEEK 19: Tape #1119 Edward Gratzick, LCSW 
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.

"Childhood Loss"
WEEK 20: Tape #1120 Mary Francis Cowan
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. 

"Life and the Spirit-WWII Medic"
WEEK 21: Tape #1121 Manuel Litt 
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.

"Loss in Literature"
WEEK 22: Tape #1122 Sue Hanna, Ph.D. (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. 

"Addiction and Loss"
WEEK 23: Tape #1123 Jon Winder 
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.

"Survivor of Suicide"
WEEK 24: Tape #1124 Maureen Collins
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.

"Death Ethics Overview"
WEEK 25: Tape #1125 Robert Veatch, Ph. D. (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.

"Grief and the Spiritual Life"
WEEK 26: Tape #1126 Rev. Don Place 
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.