Vaisnavas C.A.R.E., Inc. Quarterly Newsletter for November
by Jusaniya dasi
Posted December 3, 2002


Hare Krsna. We hope this newsletter meets you well and blissful in your service to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krsna.

What’s New:

Hospice Seminar Given in Gita Nagari

On November 16, 2002, Sangita devi dasi, RN and Shradhdha Patel, RN, presented a Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. seminar/workshop on ISKCON’s Gita Nagari farm in Port Royal, Pennsylvania. Sixteen devotees attended from Port Royal as well as from Washington, D.C.

Subjects included:

A brief history of the hospice movement
How we can, as a society of Vaisnvas, expand the hospice movement
The meaning of hospice and palliative care
The Devotees Bill of Rights
How to communicate with someone who is dying
The stages of Dying
Spiritual Pain
Guided Imagery
And more…

Participants also divided into groups of two-three to explore their own thoughts and realizations about dying. (This is a necessary tool when assisting the terminally ill.)

Attendees included the following devotees:
Ekavira dasa
Anasuya devi dasi
Acyuta dasi
Maria Radcliff
Indrani dasi
Lila Katha devi dasi
Kaulini dasi
Citralekha devi dasi
Svarga dasi
Vegavati dasi
Mururi Gupta dasa, MD
Padma devi dasi
Devavati dasi
Manasi Ganga dasi
Salagram Sila dasi
Thank you to everyone who participated. We also thank Ekavira Prabhu, Temple President, and Mother Kaulini for organizing the seminar. Thank you as well to Citralekha Prabhu for preparing a sumptuous feast for everyone!

If your temple or community is interested in sponsoring a hospice seminar, please contact: Sangita devi dasi at www.vaisnavascare.com

New Classified Ad Page on Website:

In order to fulfill a need by some devotees, Jusaniya dasi has recently added a Classified Ad page to the Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. website. A devotee can now place an ad, free of charge, to advertise various types of assistance that may be needed in a hospice situation. For example, if you are in need of in-home assistance for a family member or for yourself, placing an “ad” on this page may assist you in your search. In addition, if a family is searching for medical equipment, etc., this page may help. Any type of ad will be posted if it pertains to assisting a patient or family in need. Please visit our site at: www.vaisnavascare.com for further information. Click on “Classifieds” on the “Services” page, or link to http://www.vaisnavascare.com/classifieds.htm

Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. Transcendental Store Coming Soon:

A new addition to our website will include a transcendental store that will offer devotees the following items:
Cotton/Silk saris
Chadars
Japa beads and beadbags
Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental books
Tilak from Vrndavana dhama (Instructions included)
Tulasi neckbeads
And more…

Profit from selling these articles will benefit the Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. hospice program. Please visit our website for more information.

Donations Needed:
In order for the Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. hospice project to expand, we are humbly requesting donations from friends of this project. We now have volunteers from around the world who are ready and anxious to assist in their own communities if and when the need arises. Our seminars continue to educate those devotees who want to learn the art of hospice care.

Our website offers assistance, such as a free online hospice course, assistance in locating a local hospice program to those in the West, emotional and spiritual counseling, as well as general information on traditional hospice care and complementary therapies for comfort care. We also offer an opportunity for devotees to share their personal stories about losing a loved one or to place an “ad” when needed. In the future, Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. hopes to fund those terminally ill devotees who desire to pass away in the Holy Dhama in India, but are unable to afford the travel expenses. Please help us to help others. If you or someone you know would like to contribute, please contact Jusaniya dasi at www.vaisnavascare.com . See our “Donations” page at http://www.vaisnavascare.com/donations_page.htm Any donation will be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax-deductible. Thank you so much.

The Final Journey Coming in December, 2002:

The hospice book, The Final Journey—Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaisnvas (Torchlight Publishing) written by Sangita devi dasi, RN, will be released next month, December, 2002. This book is an invaluable tool in caring for a loved one or friend who is terminally ill. It is filled with information on medical care as well as practical, easy-to-follow ideas for comfort care. This guide will also help you to help a dying Vaisnava with emotional and spiritual pain that may arise at this crucial time. Please contact us at www.vaisnavascare.com to order your copy. See a full description of this book at http://www.vaisnavascare.com/the_final_journey_book.htm Articles Needed for Website:
We are in need of articles, large or small, to add to our Vaisnavas C.A.R.E. website. We are requesting articles on the following topics:
-Personal stories about losing a friend or family member
-Complementary Therapies and Comfort Care
-Herbal Therapies, Ayurvedic therapies, and Homeopathic therapies
-Nursing care for the terminally ill
-Medical articles written by MD’s as they pertain to care of the dying

Any other suggestions are encouraged and welcome. Please contact Jusaniya dasi at www.vaisnavascare.com

Please let us know how we can help you or a family member or friend. We are anxious to serve you in any way we can. We hope you are well and that you write us with any suggestions as to how we can increase our service to the worldwide Vaisnava community. Thank you

. Sincerely,
Sangita devi dasi
Jusaniya dasi