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Understanding the Departure
of HH Bhakti Charu Swami
HH Radhanath Swami
Please Pray for Her Grace Ramadevi Dasi (ACBSP) Who is Dying of End-Stage Cancer in Mayapur Dhama.
Our humble obeisances to you. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I am writing on behalf of the group of carers who are serving Her Grace Ramadevi Dasi, Srila Prabhupada’s disciple and a long-standing resident of the Mayapur community, to inform the local and international devotees of Ramadevi’s state of health.
Some days ago, Ramadevi collapsed, and it was clear her condition had accelerated. Ramavijaya Prabhu arranged her swift transfer to the Calcutta hospital who had been treating her pre-lockdown. After an MRI and talks with the specialist doctors tending to Ramadevi, the diagnosis is that her condition is now terminal, and no treatment is possible.
Ramavijaya escorted Ramadevi home to Mayapur last night. She will be receiving 24-hour palliative care, and personal attendance, in the coming days.
Of course we are all still observing lockdown, most especially inside the campus, so there will be limited, scheduled visiting. There will be even more limited access to Ramadevi electronically, as she is in no condition to do so. We are asking, therefore, that all communications, questions, or messages for or about Ramadevi be posted via phone (+91 9775186307). Be assured that Ramadevi will receive every message sent, and ask that you please direct all communications this way.
In regard to the question that may arise of quarantine, Ramadevi and Ramavijaya travelled to the the Tata Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in Calcutta, who have strict protocols for Covid-19 screening, and no Covid-19 patients. They also returned to Mayapur via ambulance, so no quarantine is required.
Everyone please pray and chant for Ramadevi, remember her, and offer your loving support for her coming journey….
On behalf of the care team in Mayapur
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Srila Prabhupada Said...
In the Bhagavad-gita As It Is 18.26, Srila Prabhupada writes,
"To a devotee who is thus engaged in Krishna consciousness the Lord is very, very kind. In spite of all difficulties, he is eventually placed in the transcendental abode, or Krsnaloka. He is guaranteed entrance there; there is not doubt about it. In that supreme abode, there is no change; everything is eternal, imperishable, and full of knowledge."
Being Stoic for Another's Sake Comes at A High Cost
After the Death of a Child.
Is Your Way of Grieving Working?
(Research results and article written by the Association for Psychological Science)
In the wealth of studies about parental grief, little attention has been paid to precisely how couples relate to each other as they struggle to come to terms with the death of a child. A new study addresses this gap in bereavement research by focusing on the way that couples together process the grief of losing a child.
Among life's many tragedies, the death of a child is one that is perhaps the greatest for parents. No matter what the age of the child or the cause of death, the irrefutable fact of the loss is one that shatters the normal cycle of life, leaving parents traumatized and often incapacitated by grief. Research on coping with bereavement has focused primarily on the individual, despite the fact that family and married relationships are all profoundly disrupted by the loss. But in the wealth of studies about parental grief, little attention has been paid precisely to how couples relate to each other as they struggle to come to terms with the death of a child.
at the End of Life
Summary: A new study provides evidence that hearing is the last sense to go during the process of active death. Many people become unresponsive during the final hours of life, however, EEG data revealed the dying brain responds to sounds throughout the final moments of life.
Source: University of British Columbia
Hearing is widely thought to be the last sense to go in the dying process. Now UBC researchers have evidence that some people may still be able to hear while in an unresponsive state at the end of their life.
This research, published recently in Scientific Reports, is the first to investigate hearing in humans when they are close to death.
Using electroencephalography (EEG), which measures electrical activity in the brain, the researchers analyzed data collected from healthy control participants, from hospice patients when they were conscious, and from the same hospice patients when they became unresponsive. The patients were receiving palliative care at St. John Hospice in Vancouver.
“In the last hours before an expected natural death, many people enter a period of unresponsiveness,” says study lead author Elizabeth Blundon, who was a PhD student in the department of psychology at the time of the study. “Our data shows that a dying brain can respond to sound, even in an unconscious state, up to the last hours of life.”
We're Doing Dying
As a world leader in managing the care of very sick people, Dr. Ken Hillman’s breakthrough methods of treating critically ill patients have become the gold standard in Australia, the U.S. and Europe. His job is about keeping people alive, but he asks us to question whether that’s always a good thing.
For Caregivers Everywhere
Please take time out to refresh yourself,
even if it is only for a few minutes each day. Self-care is as important as patient care!
From all of us at Vaishnavas CARE, we wish you a satisfying day!
For Those Who Are Grieving a Loss...
If you are grieving the loss of a loved one or friend, please accept our sincere condolences. We are truly sorry for your loss.
As you may have already experienced, there may be days when you want and need to spend more time alone and then there may be times when you need to speak about your feelings of loss and the deep sorrow you are feeling. For those times when devotees wish to express their grief and loss with other Vaishnavas who are also experiencing the loss of someone dear to them, we have established our Vaishnavas CARE Grief Support Group on our Facebook page.
If you are interested in gaining the emotional and spiritual support of other Vaishnavas around the world who are also grieving a loss, please join us in our private and closed Vaishnavas CARE Grief Support Group on our Facebook Page (at "Vaishnavas CARE"). Please consider joining us so we can offer you the care and support you deserve. Thank you!
The Benefits of Journaling for Caregivers
by Lisa Hutchison
Journaling is one self-care practice caregivers can utilize to connect within. This ritual becomes a personal record of your observations and experiences. It is your choice whether you share your writings or not. Most caregivers keep their journal private to ensure they have a safe place to vent about the specific difficulties they face.
Some caretakers prefer a blank journal to free write, which means writing whatever comes into your head without censoring it. Others prefer a journal with prompted questions specific to a topic of interest to them. You can purchase journals online for energy healing or caregiving. Inside you will find questions and suggestions to guide you. Often those who are not as comfortable with writing, prefer a prompted method. No matter what kind of journal you use, it is a relatively inexpensive way to reduce and manage daily stress.