Grief / Bereavement Counseling

mayādhyakṣeṇa prakṛtiḥ
sūyate sa-carācaram
hetunānena kaunteya
jagad viparivartate

Our First Annual Vaishnavas CARE Candlelight Vigil held in ISKCON New Goloka for the community during Kartika, 2015. We encourage every congregation to also hold a similar ceremony for personal and community healing  pertaining to past grief.

Our First Annual Vaishnavas CARE Candlelight Vigil held in ISKCON New Goloka (Hillsborough, North Carolina) during Kartika, 2015. We encourage every congregation to hold a similar ceremony for personal and community healing pertaining to the loss of loved ones and friends.

This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kuntī, producing all moving and nonmoving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again. (Bg 9.10)

Life is a series of beginnings and endings. The world is filled with change, both positive  and negative. Changes are often accompanied  by loss and may involve grief. But no loss hits as hard as the death of someone you love.

People cope with the loss of a loved one in many ways. There is no right way of coping with death. The way a person grieves depends on the personality of that person and the relationship with the person who has died. How a person copes with grief is affected by their experience with cancer, the way the disease progressed, the person’s cultural and religious background, coping skills, mental history, support systems, and the person’s social and financial status.

The terms grief, bereavement, and mourning are often used in place of each other, but they have different meanings.

How long you have known the person, how meaningfully and closely your lives have been intertwined, how unexpectedly he or she has died will all affect the depth of your grief and your feelings of loss.

Most of the support that people receive after a loss comes from friends and family. Doctors and nurses may also be a source of support. For people who experience difficulty in coping with their loss, grief counseling or grief therapy may be necessary.

Grief counseling helps mourners with normal grief reactions work through the tasks of grieving. Grief counseling can be provided by professionally trained people, or in self-help groups where bereaved people help other bereaved people. All of these services may be available in individual or group settings

Toward this end a few devotees with professional training and experience in the field of counseling have come forward to assist those in need. Please take the opportunity to write us and we will do our best to assist you with some professional and spiritual help.

We may be able to assist in one of the following ways:

–         Email correspondence to answer questions or concerns.

–         Phone call conversations or Skype meetings with professional devotees to answer questions or concerns that cannot be appropriately addressed through written correspondence.

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