Caring for the Dying is a monthly discussion, hosted by The Bhakti Center, exploring emotional and spiritual care techniques.
On June 14th, join Henry Fersko-Weiss and Ghanashyam Das as they take part in a panel discussion led by The Bhakti Center’s own Doyal Gauranga, exploring how we can better understand the subject of death, and help others prepare for auspicious and blessed departures.
Henry Fersko-Weiss is widely considered a pioneer in the End of Life care industry. In 2003 he created the first End-of-Life Doula Program in the United States with a focus on planning for the last days, conducting vigil, and reprocessing the dying experience with loved ones. Since then he has built and managed many programs based on his model. Henry is the author of the book Caring For the Dying: A Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death.
Ghanashyam Das spent 11 years as a monk, studying and practicing in the Bhakti tradition. He currently serves as Hindu Chaplain for both New York University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is trained and experienced in dealing with death through his work in hospitals and hospices.
Both panelists will share their background, stories and experience working with the terminally ill, and how we can help make Death a meaningful transition. Then we will open the discussion up for questions from the audience.
Also, after the discussion, Henry Fersko-Weiss will be signing copies of his book Caring For the Dying: A Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death.
The Bhakti Centers Donation Policy
The principle of bhakti is to do for others without motive. In yoga’s spiritual culture a teacher shares the wisdom of the sacred texts as an act of devotion rather than for profit. This is especially important in the Bhakti tradition where teaching and learning are essential ways bhakti is exchanged in daily life. It also keeps affordable for all this most important activity, sharing knowledge for upliftment.
At The Bhakti Center we honor these important principles of education: that teaching is done purely out of love, and that it is kept affordable. Therefore, for all of our classes on the sacred texts we don’t charge a set price.
So how do teachers survive? The answer is that pure teachers depend on God and good students honor that by sharing a donation from the heart and according to their means. Gratitude and generosity from student to teacher is also part of the yoga tradition.
For the class “Caring for the Dying” we suggest a donation of $20, although all donations will be welcomed.
All students must be registered online for this class.