The Final Journey — Complete Hospice Care For Departing Vaishnavas (By Sangita Devi Dasi, RN, Hospice Educator) (To order your copy, visit our “Store”on this website.)
As devotees of Lord Krishna, we are well aware that this material body is temporary and that the soul, the real “self” is eternal. Yet, if diagnosed with a terminal illness, each of us stands at varying places on the spiritual path and each of us will initially react differently to the news that we will soon be passing away. Our hope is that all of the devotees in our Krishna consciousness movement will receive the kindness and love they deserve from their fellow congregational members, whether they are senior devotees or someone who has just joined a temple. Our hope and prayer is that each Vaishnava will be well cared for and spiritually supported by the loving devotees in their community.
It is suggested that each terminally ill devotee should be guided to a nearby hospice agency for the end-of-life, medical help that is required. In addition, we suggest that you organize a group of devotees (a “Vaishnavas CARE Team”) who are enthusiastic to participate in the devotee’s spiritual, emotional and practical care.
Our Vaishnavas CARE Teams, where available, can visit the devotee and his or her family with meals offered to Lord Krishna
By developing loving relationships throughout life, we will naturally want to be with the devotees at the time of illness so we can be comforted. In addition, our family members will be comforted as well by the association of kind, loving Vaishnavas around them during difficult times. If all Vaishnavas develop caring friendships throughout life then naturally at the time when someone is preparing to pass away from this world we, as a community, will gather around the terminally ill devotee to offer kindness, care and spiritual assistance. By doing so we can help Lord Krishna’s devotees to reach the goal of life– which
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Dr. Ira Byock is a leader and educator in promoting quality care at the end of
Sense of completion with worldly affairsSense of completion in relationships with community.Sense of meaning about one’s individual lifeExperiencing love of “self”Experiencing love of othersSense of completion in relationships with family and friendsAcceptance of the finality of life- of one’s existence as an individualSense of a new “self” beyond personal lossSense of meaning about life in general
**”Letting go, often with a sense of relief…”