Vaishnavas CARE can assist you and your loved one in the following ways:
-Through E-mail, Phone, or Skype communication we can answer your questions or concerns related to your care or the care of a terminally ill friend or loved one.
-We can provide Information on end-of-life pain and symptom management, should you have questions.
-We can provide Information on possible side effects of medications and complementary therapies often used in hospice care.
-We will assist you with finding a hospice agency near you. We will help walk you through the process of signing you or a loved one onto a hospice program. Also, we will help you to understand the difference between Palliative Care and Hospice Care, should there be any questions.
-Our volunteers can help provide you with Emotional and Spiritual Support for the patient, family members and caregivers DURING the time of a terminal illness AND for the family members and caregivers AFTER the loss.
-We can assist you with information about the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India. When arrangements are to be made for admission into the hospice we can help you to contact the administration.
If you would like to contact Dr. Avnish Pandey (Anantasimha Das), the Hospice Medical Doctor, directly please call him in Vrindavana at the following number:
OR Please write to:
Dr. Viswarup Das
( Dr V.G. Shanbhag)
Deputy Director of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavan
in the U.S. you may also contact: Sangita Devi Dasi, RN at: firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with contacting the administration at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavana, India
In addition, we have an ISKCON Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Room (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania U.S.) for members of our local congregation who are diagnosed by their physicians with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less and would like to spend their final months or weeks in our temple. We have a comfortable, cozy room on the ground floor with a private bathroom and kitchen facility with a sitting area inside our lobby and outside on the front porch. There is a professional Hospice Facility and Medical Staff within a few miles from our temple who can make visits to care for the patient. In addition, we also have a Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team (many of whom are devotees who are Medical Professionals). All of our devotees on our team are trained Vaishnavas CARE volunteers who are ready and willing to provide emotional, spiritual and practical CARE. For further information, kindly write to us at this website at, “Contact Us.” Thank you!
–-In addition, our Vaishnavas CARE one or two day seminars will train your congregational volunteers to assist when there is a sick (acutely, chronically or terminally ill) devotee in your community. These will be with tasks that do not require them to be medical professionals. Laypersons are encouraged to prepare a meal, deliver prasadam, bring garlands from the temple Deities, walk with the patient, if able, or push them in a wheelchair, read Srila Prabhupada’s books to the patient, chant bhajans, perhaps assist with light housekeeping when needed, run an errand, and many other easy tasks to make the patient more comfortable and the family less exhausted. It is near to impossible for one person to be the only one providing total care, so volunteers from the local Vaishnavas Care Teams try to give as much assistance to the family caregiver as possible. Along with the professional hospice staff team who visit the patient and family at home, Vaishnavas CARE Team volunteers are happy to provide the emotional and spiritual care needed to assist with the devotee’s end-of-life needs.
—For more information on starting a Vaishnavas Care Team in your community, please read the article on this website called, “Step-by-Step: How to Start a Vaishnavas Care Team in Your Community,” or contact Sangita Devi Dasi at the email address above.
–The book, “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas” (Torchlight Publishing) written by Sangita Devi Dasi (Susan Pattinson, RN, CHPN) is available at this site (Store Page) and has been a resource for caregivers around the world for over 16 years. Now in its second, updated edition, you can read in detail all of the information you will need to care for your loved one or friend. This easy-to-use guide will walk you through your caregiving journey with confidence!
—Also, our Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course available on this website has been taken by dozens of those who wished to learn “The Art of Caring for Departing Vaishnavas.” Please go to the HOME page and click on the article concerning the “Distance Learning Course” to find out more information.
Living Will/Advance Directive: We can assist you in understanding the need for your Living Will/Advance Directive and Medical Power of Attorney so your family members and close friends will know your medical/end-of-life wishes if and when you may be in a medical emergency OR in a terminally ill situation and cannot speak for yourself. This website provides a free, printable link to a Living Will/Advance Directive specifically written for Vaishnavas of Lord Krishna PLUS provides a link to every state within the United States so you can print out the Living Will/Advance Directive from your state of residence (also for free) which may be legally required by your state should you be a resident of the United States. Residents of other countries should look online to see the requirements in your specific country.. (Please Note: We do not provide legal advice and request you to speak with a legal advisor where you live for further information. Thank you!)
–We can also guide you concerning the Cremation Memorial Service for your loved one according to our Vaishnava tradition as well as the Ash Immersion Ceremony. Please let us know if we can assist you in contacting experienced senior Vaishnavas in Mayapur and Vrindavana, India who perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Holy Rivers of the Ganges River in Mayapur, India and the Yamuna River in Vrindavan, India. (This Ash Immersion Ceremony is also described in great detail in “The Final Journey — Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas.”)
Grief and Bereavement Care: If you are experiencing a loss of a loved one or friend OR are experiencing “anticipatory grief” when you have a loved one or friend who is terminally ill and you are already grieving his or her loss and need someone to speak to about this grief, please write to us at: “Contact Us” and one of our Medical Professionals on our Vaishnavas CARE team will email you ASAP. If you wish to speak by phone or Skype this can then be arranged or further email correspondence can continue. Whatever you prefer. We are here to assist you in what ever way you need!
Please “Contact Us” and let us know what we can do to help!
If any of your needs have not been listed above, kindly go to Contact Us and kindly let us know how we can further assist you. Thank you!
Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
Sangita Devi Dasi, RN