Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill and 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 Krishna 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 follow in his sublime footsteps.
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Prayer Request for Her Grace
Payasvini Devi Dasi (ACBSP)
Prayer Request for His Holiness
Maha Vishnu Swami
Dear Friends of Vaishnavas CARE,
We are requesting you to please remember His Holiness Maha Vishnu Swami in your daily prayers. He is ill with Dengue Fever and is under the care of a physician. Kindly keep him in your prayers.
Thank you very much.
By Sarvani Devi Dasi:
Please pray for Her Grace Payasvini Devi Dasi (ACBSP) who is actively making her transition from this world.
Payasvini was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in New York, in July, 1971.
She is the devoted mother of three children, Bhakta, Vrinda and Vrindavan. She was also a well-loved ashram Mom in the ISKCON school in California who loved children and gave the best birthday parties! Payasvini Prabhu was always instrumental in organizing get-togethers, picnics and outings with the devotees. She was always a devoted friend and well-wisher. She will be missed by many.
All glories to Her Grace Payasvini Dasi.
All glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada!
His Grace Jairama Das From France
Passed Away from Coronavirus
Thank you to Lilavilasini Dasi in Italy for sharing this article.
By HH Janananda Goswami
It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that His Grace Jairama Prabhu left his body this morning at 1:55 a.m. due to the coronavirus. At the same time due to his wonderful service and devotion and the loving prayers and good wishes of many devotees I feel confident he is well on his path Back to Godhead.
We will be having special kirtan (chanting) programs for him today.
We are requesting prayers for a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, His Grace Dhananjaya Das, who lives in England with his wife, Balagopal Devi Dasi. Dhananjaya Prabhu has been hospitalized with Coronavirus symptoms.
Kindly remember him in your daily prayers and ask Lord Krishna to please help him to recover if that is the Lord's desire.
In the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.4.48, Srila Prabhupada writes in the Purport,
"A devotee is never fearful of his death, for he meditates on the Supreme Personality of Godhead always, not for any material profit, but as his duty. The Lord, however, knows how to protect His devotee."
His Grace Srutidharma Das, Former Temple President at Bhaktivedanta Manor, Passed Away
Our Thanks to Lilavilasini Devi Dasi, Italy & Sangita Priya Devi Dasi, England, for submitting these articles & photos.
Hare Krishna. His Grace Srutidharma Das Prabhu passed away this evening on March 10, 2020 (after being diagnosed with a brain tumor). Devotees had gathered for kirtan (chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord) when the temple Deities, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Sri Ram Sita, and Giri Govardhan had come to pay him a blessed visit. He received a beautiful garland brought by the head pujari (Priest) and shortly thereafter he breathed his last.
All glories to Srutidharma Prabhu! He spent his life selflessly serving at the Holy Dhama of the Bhaktivedanta Manor from which he has now departed. Srutidharma Prabhu was a beloved Temple President at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in England. A formal notice will follow with timings of gatherings and ceremonies.
Srutidharma Prabhu speaking with Queen Elizabeth when he was invited to attend an event at Buckingham Palace.
Please Pray for His Grace Dhananjaya Das (ACBSP) Who is Hospitalized with Coronavirus
Srila Prabhupada Said...
How to Deal With Childhood Grief and Loss
by Elizz Authors
People process grief in different ways. If your caregiver role has ended due to the death of the person in your care, it’s understandable to feel grief, especially if that person was close to you and your family. For a grieving child, like anyone, grief is an individual process.
The way children experience grief will depend largely on their age and/or developmental stage, the nature of their relationship with the person who died, and the circumstances of the death.
While children do experience common stages of grief, they may express their feelings differently than adults. Children may not show their feelings about grief as openly as adults. They are often able to continue their usual activities even though they may have feelings of anger, and fears of abandonment and death.
Their grief may appear to come and go and may seem brief; however, childhood traumatic grief usually lasts longer than adult grief and requires continual support and monitoring. Childhood grief may also resurface as they continue to grow and develop.
Childhood grief and loss may be shown through behavior extremes, such as acting very passive or very aggressive.
How to Help a Grieving Child
Encourage your grieving child to ask questions and be prepared to give honest and simple answers.
Speak at a language level the child can understand.
Remember to listen and try to understand
Be approachable and non-judgmental. A grieving child should feel that they are free to express their thoughts or questions.
Share your feelings and encourage your child to be open about theirs. You are their role model.
Discuss the cause of death at a level your children can understand and emphasize that they were in no way responsible. (Depending on their age, children will often feel responsible for the death of a parent of other loved one. (Ex: A young daughter became angry one day at her Mom and secretly wished her mother would go away. Then her Mom became ill and now she has died. Naturally, a young child may feel he/she has caused the death of the mother by thinking in this way. They may feel the "thought" resulted in the death.
Explain the funeral rituals and let the grieving child decide (IF, or) how they will participate. Do not insist they do anything that is not comfortable for them.
Allow children to grieve
Grief and loss are normal, healthy processes. Allowing children to experience their grief helps them through the process.
It may help to talk to a professional counselor who has the knowledge and experience needed to help you deal with grief, whether it’s your own or a grieving child.
Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India
Bhaktivedanta Hospice, in the video to the left, is a modern 40,000 square foot inpatient hospice facility in the Holy Land of Vrindavan. The doors opened in 2010, offering charitable inpatient and home care to local residents (Brajabasis) as well as to terminally ill Vaishnavas who travel from around the world to receive hospice and palliative care during their final months. Every effort is made to give each patient the Krishna conscious departure from this world that he or she desires and deserves.
Patients receive medical care for pain and symptom management, including complementary care, such as massage therapy and acupuncture, when available. Along with physical care, patients and their family members receive emotional, social and spiritual care from staff and volunteers.
The Bhaktivedanta Hospice offers a warm and safe environment that quickly becomes a "home away from home," to patients and families, giving shelter to over 200 dying patients and families per month.
Vrindavan and adjoining areas have over 20,000 elderly widows and many destitute people live in this area.
Bhaktivedanta Hospice is one such effort to support those who suffer from terminal illness.
These patients who are totally shattered medically, physically, emotionally, and economically are offered in-patient hospice care or home care, when available.
Considering the plight of these poor villagers, we provide the following care and services free of cost:
Nursing care, Pain & Symptom management
Complementary Therapies for comfort care like Relaxation techniques, Music Therapy, Massage Therapy, Herbal Therapy, etc.
Spiritual Care, Grief Counseling, Respite care for the Caregivers/Family members
Special and personalized care at the time of dying
Post-Mortem care, Cremation Care
Memorial service, Spiritual Bereavement Counseling, Healing and support services for the family.
Our Hospice physician and team of nurses
travel several times per week to visit approximately 200 patients in their homes in the surrounding villages of Vrindavan.
A Registered Nurse (Right) from the Bhaktivedanta Hospice makes a routine hospice visit to a terminally ill Brajbasi (local) patient at his home in Vrindavan, India.