Category: Of Interest…

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

Healing After a Homicide

Healing After a Homicide

“Senseless” is the unsettling description often used to describe a homicide.  A murder death ranks among the most all-consuming of tragedies. What could possibly cause one human being to extinguish the life of another? There is no satisfying answer. The devastating trauma inflicted upon the survivor can shatter the very fabric of your being.  Youmore>>

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Children & Grief

Children & Grief

Children and adolescents face losses every day, and they do grieve these losses. Of course, loved ones die—grandparents, parents, siblings, friends; so do beloved pets, often a child’s first experience with death. Other losses do not involve death but can generate grief, such as experiencing divorce or going to a new school. And as childrenmore>>

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How to Help a Loved One With End-of-Life Decisions

How to Help a Loved One With End-of-Life Decisions

Understanding the options, and a person’s desires, can give you guidance.  It can be overwhelming to be asked to make health care decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions. It is even more difficult if you do not have written or even verbal guidance. Howmore>>

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End-of-Life Rallies: Miraculous and Deceiving

End-of-Life Rallies: Miraculous and Deceiving

The fleeting turnaround before death is a little-understood marvel By Grace BirnstengelWeb Editor If you have a loved one in hospice, you may dream of having one final conversation or connection with him or her. For many, that wish becomes a reality, but it can come strapped along with confusion or false hope. “Terminal lucidity” refersmore>>

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Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

 By Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., LPC Understanding the healing journey. When you have experienced the loss of a good friend it may be hard to put your feelings into words. You may feel a mixture of emotions all at once and it may be difficult to imagine life without your friend. No matter how hard itmore>>

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THE PRISONERS WHO CARE FOR THE DYING AND GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE

THE PRISONERS WHO CARE FOR THE DYING AND GET ANOTHER CHANCE AT LIFE

IN A CALIFORNIA PRISON HOSPICE, INMATES BECOME CAREGIVERS TO FELLOW CONVICTS WHO WILL NEVER MAKE IT OUT ALIVE. BY SULEIKA JAOUAD Inked in tattoos from neck to knuckle, Kevion Lyman rose from his bunk at dawn, pulled scrubs over his skinny frame, stepped out of his cell and set out for work. The 27-year-old strolledmore>>

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Where Do Our Departed Vaishnavas Go?

Where Do Our Departed Vaishnavas Go?

By Kesava Krsna Dasa At a recent farewell gathering for a departed Vaisnava, God brothers spoke. One sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone Back To Godhead. Another sannyasa-guru Godbrother said that his Godbrother has gone to take another birth in Krishna or Gaura-lila, which seemed to put a dampener on things. Are theymore>>

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How to Have Difficult Conversations With Your Aging Parents

How to Have Difficult Conversations With Your Aging Parents

Follow tips from a new book on starting a conversation By Catherine Hodder An important part of caring for your aging parents is understanding their situation and knowing what they want. If you don’t know, then it is up to you to figure it out. Having open and frank discussions with your parents help avoid themore>>

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In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

Thank you to our Vaishnavas CARE Volunteer in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Bhaktin Cheryl Elias, for submitting this article to share with our readers. My hospice patients were dying, but they still longed for fresh air and birdsong. By Rachel Clarke Dr. Clarke specializes in palliative care with Britain’s National Health Service A furrowed brow and flailingmore>>

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The Comfort of Hospice Massage at Life’s End

The Comfort of Hospice Massage at Life’s End

By Bill Ward   “He entered a pain-filled and despondent state in which the only thought that gave him any pleasure at all was to have a hospice therapist come to his hospital room,” Spence recalls. But in 1998, massage therapy was contraindicated for cancer patients. The thinking was that massage would spread cancer cells or mightmore>>

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