"Sharing the Seasons"
Television Series
- Season 3
Click the links below to see episode descriptions.
James Farmer-Civil Rights Activist
A.I.D.S.Education Trainer
HIV Positive
Hospice Worker
Bereaved Wife
Bereaved Son
Radiation Oncologist
Pet Loss Grief
Loss and the Spiritual Life
Meditation, Healing and Accepting Mortality

Horrendous Death
Bereaved Daughter
Caring for the Mentally Challenged
Homeless Person
Substance Abuse-Issues of Loss
Bereaved Mother
Virginia State Senator
Suffering ,Loss and Compassion
Teenage Suicide l Bereaved Wife
Nursing Home/Nursery School - Interchange Program

Year Three: 25 Episodes

"Civil Rights Activist"
WEEK 1: Tape #1301 James Farmer (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. 

"A.I.D.S. Education Trainer"
WEEK 2: Tape #1302 Joan Dickson
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.

"HIV Positive"
WEEK 3: Tape #1303 Bea 
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. 

"Hospice Worker"
WEEK 4: Tape #1304 John Votta 
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.

"Bereaved Wife"
WEEK 5: Tape #1305 Kerry Lane, RN
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.

"Bereaved Son"
WEEK 6: Tape 1306 Bobby Lane 
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 
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.

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

"Pet Loss Grief"
WEEK 9: Tape #1309 Mary Jo Parrish, Ph.D. 
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.

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

"Meditation, Healing & Accepting Mortality"
WEEK 11: Tape #1311 William Rodenhiser, Ph.D. (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 
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.

"Horrendous Death"
WEEK 13: Tape #1313 Dan Leviton, Ph.D. 
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.

"Bereaved Daughter"
WEEK 14: Tape #1314 Pat Breme
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.

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

"Homeless Person"
WEEK 16: Tape #1316 Charles Collins
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. 

"Substance Abuse Issues of Loss"
WEEK 17: Tape #1317 Mini-Workshop 
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.

"Bereaved Mother"
WEEK 18: Tape #1318 Joan Williams 
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.

"Virginia State Senator"
WEEK 19: Tape #1319 Ed Houck
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.

"Suffering, Loss and Compassion"
WEEK 20: Tape #1320 Warren Reich, STD  (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.

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

"Bereaved Wife"
WEEK 22: Tape #1322 Marge Massey 
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.

"Nursing Home--Nursery School Interchange Program"
WEEK 23: Tape #1323 Laurie Smalling (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. (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 
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.