"Sharing the Seasons"
Television Series
- Season 2
Click the links below to see episode descriptions.
Central American Cultural Loss
Bereaved Father
Bereaved Mother
Native American Losses
Loss-When does it begin?
Nursing Home Residen
Social Worker at Nursing Home
Episcopal Priest
Mortality Denial
Pet Project
Vietnamese Cultural Loss

Bereaved Mother
Grief, Aloneness and Solitude

Bereaved Son-in-Law
Bereaved Daughter
Anger-Issues of Loss
Philosophical Persectives of Death and Dying
African-American Cultural Loss
Euthanasia-Defining the Debate
Mother of Dwn's Syndrome Child
Living Wills
 Hemlock Representative
Home Health Care Social Worker

Year Two: 26 Episodes

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

"Bereaved Father"
WEEK 2: Tape #1202 Brad Sharp 
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.

 "Bereaved Mother"
WEEK 3: Tape #1203 Gretchen Sharp
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.

"Native American Losses"
WEEK 4: Tape #1204 Chief Little Eagle Webster Custalow - Mattaponi
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.

"Loss-When does it Begin?"
WEEK 5: Tape # 1205 Mini-Workshop 
Sena Foundation Director, Bill Schaefer, 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. 

"Nursing Home Resident"
WEEK 6: Tape #1206 Robert Stephens 
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.

"Social Worker at Nursing Home"
WEEK 7: Tape #1207 Patricia Bonnes, MSW 
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.

"Episcopal Priest"
WEEK 8: Tape #1208 Rev. James Williams 
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.

"Mortality Denial"
WEEK 9: Tape #1209 or 1210 Mark Fowler, Ph.D. 
(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?

"Pet Project"
WEEK 10: Tape # 1211 Christy Beckner 
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
Mr. Smith tells how his study and experience as a family counselor led him to his personal struggles.

"Vietnamese Cultural Loss"
WEEK 12: Tape #1213 Kim Oahn Cook, MSW (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.
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. 

"Bereaved Mother"
WEEK 14: Tape #1215 Nancy Wolfe-Dilgard 
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. 

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

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

"Bereaved Daughter"
WEEK 17: Tape #1218 Betty Collins 
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.

"Anger - Issues of Loss"
WEEK 18: Tape #1219 Mini-Workshop
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.

"Philosophical Perspectives of Death and Dying"
WEEK 19: Tape #1220 George Van Sant, Ph.D. (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. 

"African-American Cultural Loss"
WEEK 20: Tape #1221 Rev. Lawrence Davies 
(former 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."

 "Euthanasia-Defining the Debate"
WEEK 21: Tape #1222 Patricia Williams, Ph.D.(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.

"Mother of Downs' Syndrome Child"
WEEK 22: Tape #1223 Barbara Westebbe
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.

"Living Wills"
WEEK 23: Tape #1224 Robert Veatch, Ph.D
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
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.

"Hemlock Representative"
WEEK 25: Tape #1227 or 1228 Frank McGuire 
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.

"Home Health Care Social Worker"
WEEK 26: Tape #1229 Gayle Houck 
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.