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 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), T3BS137_sas 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.

UnknownThis 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 Unknown
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. 



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 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. 

images-1At 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 


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 Vaishnavas (Torchlight Publishing)

*Assisted HH Giriraj Swami with the building of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, Vrindavan, India

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17 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.

    Bhaktin Heather (U.S.A.)

  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 (Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse)
    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 Practitioner, 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,
      Sangita Devi Dasi

  5. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 2:13 AM, Ostheimer Holzspielzeug Versand Andreas Karthaus wrote:

    Dear Sangita devi dasi,

    Please accept my humble obeisances
    All glories to Srila Prabhupada

    Thank you so much for doing this wonderful service for the Vaishnavas. You do a great service for all of us and it’s good to know someone I can send questions about Vaishnava Care.

    I wish you all the best.

    राधे राधे Radhe Radhe
    Your servant,
    (Distance Learning Course Student– Germany)

  6. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Hare Krishna,

    Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    As devotees we aspire to do the best to all kind. From my limited understanding I have found disease and dying can be daunting to many, including devotees. There is anxiety, apprehension, sadness, guilt and many more emotions amongst us. Being a doctor myself I have seen this. However, I wanted to explore deeper how to care for a devotee, especially about dying of their illness. I was glad to find an e-learning course which suited my needs. I could do it from home at my leisure.

    H.G Sangita Mathaji, a Srila Prabhupada disciple who runs the course, has been amazing and very supportive to my learning needs. It took me roughly six months to complete the six modules, athough there is no pressure when you want to complete them. Sangita Mathaji’s presentation is simple and yet to the point. She gives one-to-one feedback on each module, thereby helping us understand things better. Mathaji is prompt in her replies, easy to access and communicate with too. It’s definitely helped and enhanced my outlook on how to care for devotees dying of an illness.

    As part of the course- you get a folder/workbook on aspects of Vaishnavas Care and her book, “The Final Journey.” The entire course, although it is e-Learning material, Mathaji’s input and correspondence, makes it special and personal.

    I pray some day this Vaishnavas CARE course is made compulsory to all aspiring devotees in our Hare Krishna Society. The course emphasizes what Srila Prabhupada wanted us all to do –“Care for each other as Vaishnavas.” I think this course brings us closer to that one step.

    So please kindly take this opportunity and enroll in this course to enhance our Vaishnava relationships through shared care at the time when it is most needed!

    Hare Krishna. Many thanks.

    Your servant,
    Acyuta Rupa Das (Dr. Aravinda Subramaniam, MBBS, Pediatrition, and General Practitioner)
    Nottingham, United Kingdom

  7. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Dear Acyuta Rupa Prabhu,

    Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    It was an honor having you participate in this course! Thank you so much. I will miss reading your introspective answers with every session. I wish you the best in your service to your Guru and to Srila Prabhupada as you care for your patients and the devotees in your area of the world.

    With appreciation,
    Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
    Sangita devi dasi

  8. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    The Distance Learning Hospice Course — “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas” in my opinion, should be mandatory for all devotees to study – as devotees, we understand that the time of death is the most important point in our lives and the culmination of our Krsna conscious practices, therefore, the knowledge we can gain from studying this course is imperative and not only gives us an extensive insight into caring for terminally ill devotees, but can help us in our own internal and personal journeys.

    Sangita Devi Dasi has written this course with great wisdom after her many years experience in palliative care. She has guided me step by step through each lesson into gaining a deeper awareness of what it means to care for the terminally ill and how I can support them in the best possible way and on every level, (practically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually etc) with empathy, sensitivity and selflessness. We cannot understand what it feels like to be approaching our time of death until we are in that position ourselves, but working through this course, I have gained a much deeper insight, one that I can hopefully apply in the future to assist the Vaisnavas at this most crucial point in their lives.

    Thank you, Sangita, for your support, encouragement, friendship and personalism – You have inspired me profoundly and it has been an honour to have your guidance. You are doing an outstanding and significantly important service for the worldwide devotee community through facilitating this course and in your personal example in caring for the Vaisnavas.

    Your servant,
    Sangita Priya devi dasi
    Bushey, Herts UK

  9. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Thank you, Sangita Priya, for your very kind and encouraging comments concerning the Distance Learning Course. It was an honor to work with you on this course and to get to know you during this “journey.” Thank you so much! I look forward to staying in touch with you and cheering you on as you care for the devotees in your congregation as the need arises. No doubt, you will be a wonderful, compassionate caregiver! Thank you for taking this course and allowing me to get to know you.

    With appreciation,
    Sangita devi dasi

  10. Krishna Kumari devi dasi says:

    Thank you to Sangita Devi Dasi and ‘Vaisnava Care’ for making this course available to those who are inspired to assist Vaishnavas as they make the transition from when the soul leaves the material body. This course has taught me many things about the dying process from the material, emotional and spiritual changes we go through, to examining my own feelings about death and dying, how to be a good listener, how to ‘hold space’ for someone, what is ‘spiritual pain’ and what is compassion and how to be compassionate. For devotees, this is an opportunity to serve each other at the most important time of our lives. We need to care for each other and lead by our example of honoring the devotee and their families needs as they are preparing to leave the world.

    Sangita Devi Dasi is a skilled hospice nurse and teacher, her knowledge and compassion resonate with every word she speaks in this course. Her book is a complete manual on hospice care for the departing Vaishnava. She uses her nursing skills and desire to serve the devotees and her spiritual master Srila Prabhupada to ensure that no devotee has to die alone.

    I agree with Sangita Priya Devi Dasi that this course should be mandatory for all Vaishnavas. This is one journey that we all must take and as devotees be prepared for.
    I am looking to assisting the Vaishnava community through providing this invaluable service.

    Thank you again for your support and amazing insights.

    your servant,

    Krishna Kumari devi dasi
    Blaine, Washington

    • Sangita Devi Dasi says:

      Dear Krishna Kumari Devi Dasi,
      Hare Krsna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

      It was a joy to have you take this Distance Learning Course. I looked forward to reading your responses to the session questions and found your answers so interesting! Thank you for putting so much time and thought into this course.

      Let’s stay in contact. I wish you well in your service to Lord Krsna’s devotees as you serve them as they are preparing to leave this world and continue on their spiritual journey, back Home, back to Godhead. If I can assist you in any way, kindly let me know.

      Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
      Sangita devi dasi

  11. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    The Distance Learning Course is a great opportunity for every devotee around the world to become trained in the subject matter of caring. It is such a universal course that the knowledge is not only applicable in the field of helping the terminally ill, but one can enhance one’s daily interaction with every person in his environment by carefully diving into the topics.

    Furthermore, Sangita Devi Dasi is always there to help and guide which is a great inspiration and makes the course itself a lasting experience.

    Your servant,

    Doyal Govinda Das

  12. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Dear Doyal Govinda Prabhu,

    Hare Krsna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    It was a pleasure to take this journey with you while you took, “The Art of Caring for Vaishnavas.” I learned a great deal from your insightful answers and thank you as well.

    I wish you well in your ongoing service to Srila Prabhupada’s devotees in the Germany yatra. If I can assist you in any way, kindly let me know.

    Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
    Sangita devi dasi

  13. Aishwarya Madaan says:

    Dear Mother Sangita,

    You are such a blessing in our lives. Thank you so much for this great, great course! Our journey through this course was so personal, thanks to your involvement at every step and your individual comments on every answer we wrote. Thank you so much for sharing your first-hand experiences in serving the Vaishnavas so wonderfully for all these years. You really go out of the way and put all your heart and soul in your beautiful service to Srila Prabhupada, and that is so, so inspiring.

    The course is a great learning for whoever wishes to develop more awareness about one’s own imminent end (a very important aspect to practice in bhakti) as well as to serve and assist others in preparing for their end in the best possible way.

    Your grateful servants,
    Aishwarya and Madana-mohana-mohini dasi
    Pune, India

  14. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    My Dear Aishwarya and Madana-mohana-mohini Dasi,

    Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    Thank you so very much for your kind comments regarding our Online Distance Learning Course. It was a pleasure going through this hospice course with both of you. You are sincere and wonderful disciples of His Holiness Giriraj Swami and having you both on our worldwide Vaishnavas CARE Team is a great honor. We thank you for assisting us in so many ways. WELCOME!

    Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
    Sangita Devi Dasi

  15. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    I came to Krishna Consciousness at the age of 55 some three years ago and was initiated in January of 2019. At the suggestion of my Guru I have taken up the path of learning about end-of-life and hospice care.

    There comes a time in everyone’s life where we must confront our mortality. We learn intellectually that we are not the body, that we are eternal spirit souls.

    Mother Sangita presents the topic of end of life here in this world in her own special way, allowing each of us to confront our uniqueness around this special time in our own life and of those around us.

    The format is a self-paced flow consisting of six “lessons.” If you take the content seriously there is much to learn about ourselves! I come out the other side knowing much more about myself and my thoughts and internal beliefs around death and the dying process.

    Sangita Devi Dasi’s book, “THE FINAL JOURNEY — COMPLETE HOSPICE CARE FOR DEPARTING VAISHNAVAS” (Torchlight Publishing), gives extensive, practical advise and guidance for us to enhance all stages of life.

    It is my personal opinion that ALL people, especially those in Krishna Consciousness, should endeavor to take the https://vaisnavascare.org online course! Sangita brings her extensive experience as a hospice nurse with her unique special sensitivity, personally responding to each lesson, allowing each of us to confront our thoughts and beliefs around life’s final journey.

    Jaya Chaitanya Dasa
    Gainesville, Florida (U.S.A.)

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