REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN for the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Distance Learning Hospice Course where you can learn “The Art of Caring for a Terminally ill Loved One” in the quiet and comfort of your own home. Register here for the online VCARE course. You will receive access to the 6-session online video seminar (via “Protected Password”), as well receive the 50-page
V-CARE Student Workbook (via mail) to follow along with the video seminar. In addition, you will receive a copy of “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas” (Torchlight Publishing)
This course is especially designed to assist you in gaining a deeper understanding of how you personally feel about death and dying, and how you would feel about helping someone who is facing his or her final months, weeks, or days. The seminar also discusses how you can start a Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. team within your own temple or community to assist the devotees in your congregation in times of acute, chronic, or terminally-ill situations. This Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. course can be started and completed at your own pace. When you receive your packet, which will be sent to you via Post Office, please feel free to begin reading the book, The Final Journey. At that time, you will also be emailed the “protective password” giving you access to the six online seminar videos on this website. Please begin to watch the videos as you feel ready. The workbook is designed to help you as you watch the videos. Approximately two-three short-answer questions pertaining to what you watched are posted under each video. (Video #6 will have a few more short-answer questions but should not take you very long to answer.) All of the questions are meant to assist you in better understanding the videos, workbook, and The Final Journey book. In addition, there is an exercise discussed at the beginning of the seminar and written in your workbook. This is designed to help you with “self-reflection” pertaining to death and dying. These questions, and discussion in the seminar video, are designed to assist you in gathering your memories of past experiences related to death and dying. In this way, this exercise should help you to move forward with a deeper understanding of this much-needed service to the Vaishnavas. Some of the subjects we will also be discussing in this course will include: *Basic hospice concepts and how they relate to our Krsna conscious philosophy. * Who makes up a professional hospice team? * Communicating with one who is terminally ill. * The emotional and spiritual pain a dying person may experience. * What it means to have a “loss of a future” for the dying patient. * Personal stories about Srila Prabhupada and how they pertain to this subject. * Exemplary devotees who have passed away in our movement. The “Five Stages of Loss” by Dr. Kubler-Ross * A possible 6th Stage–How to eventually find meaning to your loss * Krsna conscious bereavement care for relatives and friends left behind. * Practical services we can render to those sick and dying devotees in your congregation. * How to Start a Vaishnavas Care Team in your community And many more topics… I will personally answer any questions you have along the way as well as comment on your answers to the course questions. I am here to assist. At the end of the course, a Certificate of Achievement will be awarded. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write.
Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
Sangita Devi Dasi, RN, CHPN
*Writer and Presenter of the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Hospice Seminar
*Author of The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for the Departing
*Assisted HH Giriraj Swami with the building of Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavana, India (Photo to the right)