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Items of interest to the Vaisnava’s C.A.R.E. community and readers.

5 Ways to Help Your Friend With Depression

5 Ways to Help Your Friend With Depression

By: SASHA RETANA, MD Three to 17 percent of the world’s population suffers from depression, but trying to explain it to the other 83 percent can be difficult. Normal people have bad days and sad moods, but “normal” means they’re actually able to deal with those bad days, whereas depressed people can’t — not inmore>>

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  How Do People Feel in Their Last Minutes of Life?

  How Do People Feel in Their Last Minutes of Life?

“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?” My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic breast cancer. A month or two earlier, she’d been able to takemore>>

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Death at Any Moment

Death at Any Moment

By Kadamba Kanana Swami In many ways, old age is a blessing. For a Vaisnava, it is a great blessing. Why is it so? Because then, there is no more distraction. When we are young, we have so much fight. “Oh, I want to enjoy… but I have to be Krsna conscious! I should bemore>>

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Living with Chronic Pain

Living with Chronic Pain

By Wendy Johnstone  Chronic pain can be overwhelming. Chronic pain is different for everyone and finding out what works to help manage it might take some trial and error. Caring for someone else while in pain adds an extra layer of complexity. Sarah, 55, lives with fibromyalgia and is a caregiver to her spouse whomore>>

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PROLONGED GRIEF

PROLONGED GRIEF

We all have various methods to relieve sorrow and bereavement. The stress caused by grief affects people both mentally and physically. If an individual is having an especially difficult time dealing with grief, he or she may become depressed or physically ill. What is prolonged grief? There are a number of feelings that people experiencemore>>

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How to Hold Space for Yourself

How to Hold Space for Yourself

By Azriel ReShel The Importance of ‘Being There’ for Yourself Most people would say they are good at supporting their friends and family, but why are we so bad at being there for ourselves? When my second eldest daughter was a few months old, she developed colic. She would wake every night, crying for severalmore>>

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Elder Abuse: Know the Signs

Elder Abuse: Know the Signs

When most people get older, they have to rely more on others to help take care of themselves. That brings a greater chance someone will mistreat them or take advantage of them. That’s called elder abuse. Elder abuse is when someone harms or neglects a person age 60 or older. It can happen to anyone.more>>

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Pishima – the sister of Srila Prabhupada.

Pishima – the sister of Srila Prabhupada.

By Ananga Manjari Dasi   At the last stages of Pishima’s (Prabhupada’s sister) life, I took it upon myself to care for her. She had deteriorated so much so that when I woke up one morning, I went around Prabhupada’s samadhi and I prayed, “What can I do for her? Take her because she onlymore>>

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A Balanced Approach to Coping With Life After Loss

A Balanced Approach to Coping With Life After Loss

  When coping with grief, it’s logical to prioritize managing the distressing thoughts and emotions that have become a part of your life since your loved one’s death. This makes sense for a number of reasons. Chief among them the fact that painful grief emotions stink. The need to focus specifically on the loss andmore>>

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Dr. Atul Gawande on the questions we should be asking in end-of-life care

Dr. Atul Gawande on the questions we should be asking in end-of-life care

Dr. Atul Gawande believes that caring for the dying shouldn’t be primarily about keeping people alive longer but about ensuring quality of life. “The goal is not a good death. The goal is a good life all the way ’til the very end,” Gawande told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. His book, “Being Mortal: Medicinemore>>

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