The Final Journey

The Final Journey

The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas

(Torchlight Publishing) by Susan Pattinson, R.N., CHPN (Sangita Devi Dasi).

 

Increasingly, we hear about members of our Krishna consciousness movement needing end-of-life care when diagnosed with an incurable illness. Aged devotees will inevitably require this care.. Who among us will not eventually be in need of this service? Encouraging us to embrace this situation as an expanding opportunity to serve Vaishnavas, Sangita Dasi integrates the knowledge of hospice care for the dying with the spiritual wisdom of Krishna consciousness. Since its first edition was released over a decade ago, The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas, has become the “handbook and guide” for Vaishnavas around the world. In addition, it has long been “mandatory reading” for the nursing staff at a Catholic-based, in-patient hospice facility on the west coast of the United States. Most importantly, it has guided thousands of family caregivers and their terminally ill loved ones over the past two decades when faced with end-of-life decisions regarding treatment, medications, and comfort care options. No matter who you are caring for and what his or her spiritual beliefs may be, this Updated, 2nd Edition of The Final Journey will assist you in becoming an exemplary caregiver. 

 

2nd Edition, Soft bound, 252 pages.

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  • Chapters include:

    • What is Hospice Care?
    • What is Holistic Care?
    • Practical Matters to Consider
    • Terminal Illnesses
    • Anticipatory Grief/The Stages of the Grief Process 
    • Pain Management
    • Symptom Management/Both Allopathic and “Back to Basics” 
    • Step-by-Step Guide to Personal Care for your patient
    • Complementary Therapies for Comfort Care including: Aromatherapy, Herbs, Heat/Cold therapy, massage therapy, Srila Prabhupada’s remedies for various illnesses. 
    • Care of the Caregiver 
    • Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death (What you can expect to see from a few months, to a few weeks, to a few days, to a few hours, to a few minutes, and at the moment of departure when the soul leaves the body.) 
    • How to perform Post-Mortem Care for the Cremation Ceremony, and information about the Memorial Service as given by Srila Prabhupada. 
    • Grieving, Healing, and Rejoicing for the Departed loved one. 
    • Appendix 1: How to perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Yamuna River in Vrindavan, India  by His Grace Deena Bandhu Das
    • Appendix 2: How to perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Ganges River in Mayapur, India by His Grace Jananivas Das 
    • …And many more topics including an extensive Glossary!  
  • Reviews

    “Sangita’s book is compassionate, practical, and wise –Krishna conscious.” — Giriraj Swami

     

    The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas ($12.00)

    Posted on: September 11, 2013

     

    By Sangita Devi Dasi (Susan Pattinson, RN, Hospice Educator)

    Price: $12.00 

    The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas (Torchlight Publishing) by Susan Pattinson, R.N., CHPN (Sangita Devi Dasi).

    Increasingly, we hear about members of our Krishna consciousness movement needing end-of-life care when diagnosed with an incurable illness. Aged devotees will inevitably require this care.. Who among us will not eventually be in need of this service? Encouraging us to embrace this situation as an expanding opportunity to serve Vaishnavas, Sangita Dasi integrates the knowledge of hospice care for the dying with the spiritual wisdom of Krishna consciousness. Since its first edition was released over a decade ago, The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas, has become the “handbook and guide” for Vaishnavas around the world. In addition, it has long been “mandatory reading” for the nursing staff at a Catholic-based, in-patient hospice facility on the west coast of the United States. Most importantly, it has guided thousands of family caregivers and their terminally ill loved ones over the past two decades when faced with end-of-life decisions regarding treatment, medications, and comfort care options. No matter who you are caring for and what his or her spiritual beliefs may be, this Updated, 2nd Edition of The Final Journey will assist you in becoming an exemplary caregiver. 

    2nd Edition, Soft bound, 252 pages.

    Chapters include:

    • What is Hospice Care?
    • What is Holistic Care?
    • Practical Matters to Consider
    • Terminal Illnesses
    • Anticipatory Grief/The Stages of the Grief Process 
    • Pain Management
    • Symptom Management/Both Allopathic and “Back to Basics” 
    • Step-by-Step Guide to Personal Care for your patient
    • Complementary Therapies for Comfort Care including: Aromatherapy, Herbs, Heat/Cold therapy, massage therapy, Srila Prabhupada’s remedies for various illnesses. 
    • Care of the Caregiver 
    • Signs and Symptoms of Approaching Death (What you can expect to see from a few months, to a few weeks, to a few days, to a few hours, to a few minutes, and at the moment of departure when the soul leaves the body.) 
    • How to perform Post-Mortem Care for the Cremation Ceremony, and information about the Memorial Service as given by Srila Prabhupada. 
    • Grieving, Healing, and Rejoicing for the Departed loved one. 
    • Appendix 1: How to perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Yamuna River in Vrindavan, India  by His Grace Deena Bandhu Das
    • Appendix 2: How to perform the Ash Immersion Ceremony in the Ganges River in Mayapur, India by His Grace Jananivas Das 
    • …And many more topics including an extensive Glossary!  

    Reviews:

    “Sangita’s book is compassionate, practical, and wise –Krishna conscious.” — Giriraj Swami

    “During his final days in Vrindavana in 1977, Srila Prabhupada told his disciples, ‘Don’t think this won’t happen to you.” In light of this instruction, I highly recommend this book as a most important contribution to our society.” — Sruta Kirti Das, Srila Prabhupada’s Personal Servant, 1972-75

     

    “Death is a prominent subject matter in Krishna conscious philosophy, since it is our chance to go back to Godhead. Yet, the actual process of dying is an uncomfortable topic that we tend to keep at a respectful distance. The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas is the first of its kind in ISKCON. It is a much-needed, simple, and practical guide to care of the terminally ill from a Vaishnava perspective. Drawing on the author’s extensive experience as a hospice registered nurse, the book provides a wealth of detailed information. The author’s area of expertise is allopathic pain management for the terminally ill, and she argues convincingly that a drug’s long-term effect on a dying body is moot, while greater comfort increases the ability to hear and chant (according to our Krishna conscious philosophy). Alternatives are provided as well. This book takes the reader step-by-step through the entire process, and there is no doubt that it is an invaluable resource for everyone.” — Dharini Dasi, MA/Applied Sociology/Attorney at Law

     

    “If someone is physically, emotionally, and mentally pain-free, has other symptoms well managed, and is rightly situated spiritually, he will experience an auspicious, most glorious passing away.” So affirms Susan Pattinson, RN, CHPN (Sangita Devi Dasi) in The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for the Departing Vaishnavas, where she gives relevant information for the care of the dying gained from years of practice as a hospice nurse and practice of sadhana bhakti (Practice of Krishna consciousness) under His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, her spiritual master. Indeed, the book is a veritable ‘gold mine’ of valuable information. Her presentation, showing how the aforesaid can be realized, is exhaustive and profoundly sensitive. Painstakingly she indicates how hospice care for cartain terminally ill can facilitate that glorious death fro which all Vaishnavas aspire.”  —The Late Sarah Caner Schofield, Ph.D. (Saranagati Devi Dasi), Former Director of Volunteers, Albert Einstein Medical Center Hospice

     

    “I had the distinct pleasure of reading The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas. I found it very simple for everyone to understand whether or not you are in the medical field. In addition, it is informative and appropriate for both devotees (of Lord Krishna) and non-devotees alike. As a Hospice Physician and Medical Director, I strongly recommend this book to families of terminally ill patients as well as to hospice professionals.” –Dr. Thiruvalam P. Indira, M.D.

     

     

     

     

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