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.
Latest Vaishnava News
Prayer Request for
Radha Giridhari Das with Covid-19
Radha Giridhari Prabhu, a devotee who has dedicated his life to caring for others, sharing Krishna consciousness, and inspiring everyone with his wonderful kirtans is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) struggling with Covid-19.
Please offer your ardent prayers for his recovery. He is very dear to all the devotees, Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Radhanath.
Thank you very much.
One of the early stalwarts of the Hare Krishna Movement in Ireland, Gaura-kisora Das (Colm O'Sullivan) passed away Thursday morning after struggling with years of health issues.
What can I say about Gaura-kisora? He was learned, very humble, humorous, self-effacing, lovable, sweet-hearted, and a Krishna Conscious gentleman.
I have no doubts that he has attained an exalted destination.
My condolences to his dear wife Ananda-prada, and two sons Nimai and Govinda.
We will miss you Gaura-kisora Prabhu.
In Memoriam -- His Grace Gaura-kisora Das Passed Away
His Grace Sanaka Dasa ACBSP
(Stavros Vergis) has Just Passed Away in Australia
This is the message received from Ambika Devi Dasi, Sanaka's primary care co-ordinator in Australia:
"Sanaka Prabhu passed peacefully from his body at
2 a.m., with Srila Prabhupada chanting japa at his side and Srimati Tulasi Devi close to him. Over the past few weeks he has had a lot of mercy from so many caring Vaishnavas. Devotees had kirtan for him for a couple of hours after he left.
"All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to the Vaishnavas."
Syamali Devi Dasi Peacefully
Passed Away in Alachua
Please join us in praying for Her Grace Syamali Devi Dasi, a disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Maharaja. She passed away peacefully in her home in Alachua, Florida (U.S.) surrounded by her husband, other family members, and friends who were chanting the Holy Names of the Lord.
Please add her to your prayers and beg Krishna for a safe passage home for Syamali. She personified the example of a non-envious and all-loving devotee. She had a smile that one could always count on and elevated one immediately, whether deserving or not. It won't be the same without her.
Syamali had been diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. Kindly pray for her smooth journey back Home, back to Godhead.
Please pray for her loved ones and friends who are grieving at this difficult time. Thank you so much!
Your servants at Vaishnavas CARE.
His Grace Anadi Krishna Das Passed Away at
Dear Friends of Vaishnavas CARE,
Thank you all for your prayers! After we posted a Prayer Request on our Vaishnavas CARE Facebook page, over 200,000 Vaishnavas around the world prayed for Anadi Krishna Prabhu the day he left this world on August 7, 2020. Thank you to everyone who prayed for this humble soul.
His Grace Anadi Krishna Dasa peacefully left this world from the Holy Dhama of Vrindavan at 1:05 PM- India Time at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice. He was surrounded by devotees chanting the Holy Names of the Lord.
His Holiness Giriraj Swami, Anadi Krishna's Siksha Guru, once said,
“At a Deity-welcoming program at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice, a devotee said,
'I read that this place, Raman-reti, is where Krsna and Balarama play and frolic and have fun. And I read a most reassuring and enlivening statement – that when somebody quits his or her body in this Raman-reti area, Krsna and Balarama leave Their play and come running to embrace that soul who has left the
We pray Anadi Krishna Prabhu received a loving embrace from Krishna Balarama as he departed from this material world.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!
Premanandi Devi Dasi Passed Away
By His Holiness BB Govinda Swami
My disciple, Premanandi Devi Dasi, just gave up her body.
Please take a moment and say a prayer to Radhe Shyam that They will guide her swiftly to Their lotus feet.
Harer Nam Das, ACBSP, Passed Away in Vrindavan
A disciple of Srila Prabhupada, Harer Nama Das, passed away in Vrindavan, India.
After being ill with Parkinson's Disease for several years, Harer Name Prabhu traveled from his home in California to the Holy Dhama of Vrindavan to prepare for the end of his life. He spent many months receiving care at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice but then he wanted his own apartment with all the added privacy it would give him. He continued to receive care from the professional staff members from the Hospice facility who regularly visited him in his new home.
More recently the hospice staff had not heard from Harer Nama Prabhu. Apparently, his body was brought to the Ram Krishna Mission Hospital, but he had already passed away from this world.
Please pray he can forever remain at the lotus feet of his beloved Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Thank you!
Your servants at Vaishnavas CARE
Color Therapy for Dementia Care
by Linda Slaton Anderson, M.S.
Do you remember the Irish legend about the leprechaun with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Even if we don’t find a pot of gold, rainbows can remind us to celebrate the mysteries and beauties of colors.
Color therapy can be beneficial for those with memory loss. Joshua J. Freitas, author of The Dementia Concept, recommends using different colors to provide contrast in spaces and to help distinguish different objects. For example, painting a door a color that contrasts with the wall makes the door easier to find. Putting colorful tape on the handles of walkers makes them easier to locate.
Some researchers suggest using the color pink to reduce combative behavior. The Pink Effect refers to the calming effect of exposure to large amounts of the color pink, helping to reduce feelings of aggression and anger.
Srila Prabhupada Said...
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.27.24, Srila Prabhupada writes in the Purport,
"A devotee knows that after death he is going back home, back to Godhead; therefore he has no fear of death. Thus instead of depressing a devotee, advanced age helps him become fearless and thus happy."
For Those Who Are Grieving a Loss...
Are you a Vaishnava who is grieving a loss of a friend or loved one? Are you seeking a Grief Support Group specifically for Devotees of Lord Krishna?
Please visit our Vaishnavas CARE Facebook Page and join our exclusive Private, Closed Grief Support Group. It is important to express your feelings of loss within a group of like-minded people who can relate to you and your expressions of grief. Presently, we have over 60 members.
Kindly visit our Vaishnavas CARE Facebook page to register for our Grief Support Group. We look forward to seeing you there. Hare Krishna.
How Do You Grieve a Violent Death?
By Barbara Karnes, RN, Hospice Educator
Dear Barbara: Any writings on how to say goodbye when tragedy takes a loved one's life with violence?
I am not familiar with any specific books on grief that address death through violence although there must be many. Marty Tousley RN, MS, FT, DCC is my go to person on grief. www.Griefhealing.com
Normal grief is depression. It is sadness. It is bargaining. It is anger. It physically hurts. It is loneliness and isolation. It makes us question our faith. Actually it makes us question everything we thought we believed. It builds fear within us. It highlights that I could die, too. It is all of these things and more rolled into one huge emotion we call grief.
Sudden death by accident, suicide and certainly by violence intensifies those normal grief responses. Everything we feel with normal grief is as if we are being held under a magnifying glass, everything is more intense, hurts more. Part of grieving is questioning how this can happen. Why me? Why her? Why him?
How to say goodbye? That is a hard question because with all that I have written above we will each say our goodbyes in our own unique way, expressed in our personality, and generally within the rituals of our culture.
To Caregivers Everywhere,
From all of us at Vaishnavas CARE,
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
By: Melinda Smith, M.A. and Lawrence Robinson
Know someone who expects constant admiration, who thinks they’re better than everyone else, but flies off the handle at the slightest criticism? These tips can help you recognize and cope with a narcissist.
What is narcissistic personality disorder (NPD)?
The word narcissism gets tossed around a lot in our selfie-obsessed, celebrity-driven culture, often to describe someone who seems excessively vain or full of themselves. But in psychological terms, narcissism doesn’t mean self-love—at least not of a genuine sort. It’s more accurate to say that people with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) are in love with an idealized, grandiose image of themselves. And they’re in love with this inflated self-image precisely because it allows them to avoid deep feelings of insecurity. But propping up their delusions of grandeur takes a lot of work—and that’s where the dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors come in.