Distance Learning Hospice Course — “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas”

imagesREGISTRATION is CURRENTLY OPEN for the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E.  Distance Learning Hospice Course where you can learn “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas” in the quiet and comfort of your own home. You will receive access to the 6-session online video seminar that was presented at ISKCON Toronto (viaProtected Password”), T3BS137_sas well as receive the 65-page Vaishnavas CARE Student Workbook (via mail) to follow along with the video seminar. In addition, you will receive a copy of  my book, “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas” (Torchlight Publishing)

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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 “Protected Password” giving you access to the six online seminar videos on this website. Please begin to watch the videos when you feel ready. The workbook is designed to help you as you watch the videos. Approximately two-four short-answer questions and/or True and False questions pertaining to what you watched are posted under each video. All of the questions are meant to assist you in better understanding the videos, workbook, and The Final Journey book. images

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.


The Five Stages of Loss/Grief

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.  images * 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 and Grief” by Dr. Kubler-Ross”      *A possible 6th Stage–How to eventually find meaning to your loss  * 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 practical topics to give you the confidence to assist those who are acutely ill, chronically ill or facing their final months due a terminal illness…

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,  

Sangita Devi Dasi, RN, Hospice and Palliative Care Specialist

Vaishnavas CARE President, Co-Founder 

*Author and Presenter of the Vaishnavas CARE Hospice Seminar


Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India (located on the Parikrama Path about a six minute walk from the ISKCON Krishna Balarama Temple)..

*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)

*Member of the Nursing Advisory Committee — Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavan, India


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5 Responses to Distance Learning Hospice Course — “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas”

  1. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Sangita Devi Dasi was the first Prabhupada disciple that I met and she shared stories with me about Srila Prabhupada. The love that she had for him was so strong and so real that I felt it immediately. I knew very little about Srila Prabhupada as I had just come to Krishna consciousness. She suggested that I pray to him that night when I left our meeting. I did this and I can’t even describe how amazing it made me feel. It was almost as if she physically placed him inside of my heart. I now pray to Srila Prabhupada daily.

    I am 29 years old and ever since I can remember I have thought about death and dying every day. It has always been calling to me and now I feel a higher purpose and reason why. A few hours of interaction give me clarity on almost three decades of life. I have been inspired to make the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E my seva (service) for life. I highly recommend taking this course as none of us are going to escape death. I believe it is the most honorable service there is to help a dying devotee of the Lord. I pray that Krishna will allow me to be in a sacred space of those that are dying, and fill me with compassion and strength so that I may be of service.

  2. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    “Thank you for this Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course which I have completed. You have really provided great insight and detailed information about all aspects of how to take care of a terminally ill devotee through your book, The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for the Terminally ill Vaishnavas” and your videos.

    Also, I would like to thank you for providing us the opportunity to take this course online and providing access to the videos. Your videos and information in the book are self-explanatory and they answered all my questions.”

    Sraddha Devi Dasi
    Chicago, Illinois (U.S.A.)

  3. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    “I have learned a lot from taking the VCARE course and I am very excited to work with you on getting a VCARE team up and running here in Detroit and serving for Vaishnavas CARE in a broader sense.”

    Thank you!
    Kelly Noyes, RN, CHPN
    Detroit, Michigan (U.S.)

  4. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Sangita Devi Dasi for your expert and gentle guidance throughout my recent training in End of Life Care. I look forward to learning more, serving others in this way and to our blossoming friendship. Hare Krsna!”
    — Judy McLoughlin, Nurse Practioner, Nurse Midwife
    Liverpool, England

    • Sangita Devi Dasi says:

      Dearest Judy,
      Hare Krsna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      I am so grateful that you completed this Distance Learning Course. It was an honor to have gone through this course with you. I look forward to serving the devotees of the Lord on your side of the world with you! Thank you so very much!
      With appreciation,

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