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.
– Our Vaishnavas CARE volunteers, where available, can provide you with in-person visits for Emotional and Spiritual Support. If you are a caregiver who needs some rest, our volunteers may even provide you with visits so you can take a couple of hours to rest or simply leave the situation to take some well-deserved time off. Even from afar, our volunteers are available to offer their emotional and spiritual support over the phone, via Skype calls, or in emails and texts. Our team members are available to assist you with their kindness and support from across the globe.
Do you need someone to talk to while you are caring for your terminally ill loved one? Are you anticipating your loved one’s imminent death and wish you had someone to confide in regarding your sadness? Did you recently lose a loved one or friend and wish you had someone you can speak with who will be understanding and compassionate? Or did you experience a loss of a friend or loved one several years ago but due to circumstances you weren’t able to fully grieve the way you needed to so now you still have feelings of unresolved grief? Do you have feelings of guilt pertaining to your loss? Whether you require someone to speak with regarding “Anticipatory Grief” before your loved one’s death OR you need someone to speak with after your loss, our volunteers are trained to listen — and to keep confidentiality. We are here to help you!
– Have you or someone dear to you been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness? Would you or your loved one like to live the last months in the Holy Land of Vrindavan, India? 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 directly contact Dr. Avnish Pandey (Anantasimha Das), the in-patient, Hospice Physician, please call him in Vrindavana at the following number: +91-9012524447
OR email Dr. Shanbhag (Dr. Viswarup Das), Deputy Director of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, at: email@example.com
—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 “Contact Us.”
–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 on our Store Page. “The Final Journey” has been a necessary resource for caregivers around the world for over 20 years. Now in its second, updated edition, you can read in detail all 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!
— We are pleased to offer you our Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course available on this website which has already been taken
by dozens of those who wished to learn, “The Art of Caring for Departing Vaishnavas” at their own pace
and from the comfort of their own home. Please go to the HOME page and click on the article concerning the “Distance Learning Course” to find out more information. Thank you!
Living Will/Advance Directive and Medical Power of Attorney: 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 Vrindavan, India who perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Holy Rivers of the Ganges River in Mayapur, India and in the Yamuna River in Vrindavan, India. (The Ash Immersion Ceremony is also described in great detail in “The Final Journey — Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas” in Appendix 1, written by His Grace Jananivasa Das and in Appendix II, written by His Grace Deena Bandhu Das.)
Wherever you live we can assist you with planning a lovely tribute to your deceased loved one. Planning a funeral is never an easy task for those left behind so we are here to help guide you over the phone or on Skype with this enormous responsibility. Write to us at: “Contact Us” along with your name, email address, and how you would like us to contact you, i.e. phone number/What’sApp number (if available) and/or Skype information and we will be in touch right away to assist you. You are not alone!
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 even before he/she departs from this world, we can help. If you need someone to speak to about this grief, please write to us at: “Contact Us” and one of our Devotee Volunteer/Counselor 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 whatever way you need!
Kindly write to us at: “Contact Us” and let us know what we can do to assist you!
Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada,
Sangita Devi Dasi, RN