Dedication

Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill & Those in Need) is dedicated to ISKCON Founder-Acarya 

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who exemplified how to live one's life in Krsna consciousness, and in the end, taught us how to leave this temporary world of birth and death.

 

It is in his honor that we seek to give care and comfort

to those who wish to follow in his sublime footsteps.

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Understanding the Departure

of HH Bhakti Charu Swami

Spoken by

HH Radhanath Swami

(7:02 minutes)

Please Pray for Her Grace Ramadevi Dasi (ACBSP) Who is Dying of End-Stage Cancer in Mayapur Dhama.

Dear Devotees,

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

Dear Readers,

 

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UPCOMING Vaishnavas CARE Grief Talk Sessions

 

Thank you to everyone who came to our Vaishnavas CARE Grief Talk via Zoom last Saturday. By popular demand, we will be hosting additional LIVE Grief Talks on the next TWO Saturdays. Please join us.

Next week's topic: Complicated Relationships & Unfinished Business.

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020

Time: 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (U.S. & Canada)

 

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Date: Saturday, July 25, 2020

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Caring for aging parents:

Tips on how to handle

your feelings

by Elizz Authors

Caring for your aging parents is a process jam packed with feelings. Intense feelings.

Let’s be real. Sometimes siblings anger us.  Sometimes we just feel really sad about the changes in our parents. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed when we think about the future. The list could go on and on.

How are you at managing your feelings? It is a skill. The experts call it ‘emotional regulation’.

Knowing how to manage all these feelings is in everyone’s interests. It is key to self-esteem. You can confidently know that you can handle any and all feelings that come up.  It is also key to having meaningful connections with your parents, siblings and other family members, and even the cashier and other strangers you meet in the course of a day.

Six emotional regulation strategies:

 

 

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.   

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