REGISTRATION is CURRENTLY OPEN for the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Distance Learning Hospice Course where you can study “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 (via “Protected Password” on this website), as well as receive the 65-page Vaishnavas CARE Student Workbook (via Post Office) 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” (2nd Edition, 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 online 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 assist you as you watch the videos.
Approximately two – four short-answer questions and/or True/False questions pertaining to what you watched are posted under each video session. All of the questions are meant to assist you in better
understanding the video seminar and the workbook. Reading “The Final Journey” book will give you further understanding of the subject matter that is being discussed. You are asked to answer the questions after you watch EACH VIDEO SESSION and then submit them to me for my response. In this way, this interactive course will assist you in learning the basics of hospice care as we correspond with one another throughout your journey. You are invited to write to me as well with any questions you may have along the way while watching the seminar so you have a clear understanding of the subject matter as you move along in the coursework. I am here to help you however I can!!
Please pause the video and pay special attention to answer the “Personal Awareness Exercise” that is discussed at the beginning of the seminar and written in your workbook. This is designed to help you with “self-reflection” pertaining to various aspects of death and dying. These questions, and discussion in the seminar video, are meant to assist you in gathering your early memories you may have had in your life related to death and dying. For example, “How old were you when you first experienced the loss of a loved one?” “Who was this?” “Do you remember how you felt at that time?” “How was the subject of death and dying discussed in your home when you were a child?” etc. etc. Exploring past experiences that often become forgotten over time can assist us in gaining a deeper understanding of our present feelings and emotions pertaining to this subject matter so, if given the opportunity, we can better serve others at the end of their lives.
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?
*The emotional and spiritual pain a dying person may experience.
*What does it mean to “Hold Space” for someone?
*What it means for the terminally ill patient to have a “loss of a future.”
*Personal stories about Srila Prabhupada and how they pertain to this subject
*How to Communicate With a Dying Patient
*”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 your family members and/or the devotees within your temple and congregation who are acutely ill, chronically ill or facing their final months due a terminal illness.
At the end of the course, a Certificate of Completion will be mailed to you (especially designed for Vaishnavas CARE Distance Course Students).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to write at “Contact Us.” Thank you!
Yours in service,
Sangita Devi Dasi, RN, Hospice Educator
Vaishnavas CARE President, Co-Founder
*Author of The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for the Departing Vaishnavas (Torchlight Publishing)
*Assisted HH Giriraj Swami with the building of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavan, India
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