Hospice Chaplain & Member of the ‘Spiritual Care Association’
Bob is an energetic and experienced spiritual care professional interested in working with innovative hospice teams. He has extensive experience working with hospice programs along with an in-depth understanding of diverse spiritual traditions.
Relevant practice and training started at the Hartford Street Zen Center in San Francisco along with a one year CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) internship at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. His initial hospice work began at Maitri Hospice, one of the first non-profit organizations to develop a grass roots community based hospice program in the San Francisco Bay Area. Following his internship, he served as a volunteer chaplain at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco while working as a special education teacher. Currently he is the full time spiritual counselor (Chaplain) at Emblem Hospice.
Professionally he is committed to a broad understanding of human spirituality and maintains an active respect for individuality and diversity. He believes in encouraging dynamic growth, emotional/spiritual integration and self-realization, and that cutting edge hospice care is the active integration of custom designed services, addressing the needs of the whole (body-mind-spirit) person. The health/hospice program that excels at providing customized service and education is the one that will gain a positive community reputation and will naturally grow and gain recognition.
Additionally he is a trained and experienced meditation teacher and engages the complimentary practices of guided imagery, music and art along with other self-empowering techniques to assist in the management of pain, anxiety and mental stability. Key to his work is to involve himself in education and outreach, creating relationships with complimentary programs and conducting interactive workshops for personal development and fostering greater awareness of hospice and palliative care.
He values good communication, diversity, excellent service, a work environment that is fun and creative (not afraid to think or jump outside the box), community involvement and a solid mission that is realizable. Nothing is better than a vision that comes to life and grows!
Doreen A. Cunningham
(Damayanti devi dasi)
Hospice Care Consultant
Damayanti began studying eastern philosophy in the early 60s and was subsequently initiated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Toronto in 1976. After becoming acquainted with different yoga systems, Ayurveda constitution, consciousness healing, world religions and other spiritual paths, she decided to follow the path of Bhakti Yoga.
She studied theology, urban planning, geology, history of music and kineseology at McMaster University and York University. She has also received certification in Reflexology Massage from the Canadian College of Hydrotherapy and Massage and re-certification in 2001 & 2010 in Chair-Massage & Elder Massage.
- Trained and certified In-Home-Hospice Caregiver
- ISKCON Mediator (retired), CPO certified clearance
- Certified Recovery Yoga Coach / Addiction specialist
- (Spiritual) Counselor, learning hospice bereavement for patient and client
Damayanti is currently living and serving in Victoria, B.C. Canada.
Roger Siegel (Gurudas) C.H.T., B.A.
(Bhakti Sastri, Hypnotherapist & Pastoral Counseling)
Gurudas is a professional counselor and certified Hypnotherapist. He has extensive experience in counseling, spanning over 35 years. He has worked with private patients, couples, groups, and has facilitated healing seminars. Gurudas has also worked with orphans, minorities, families, homeless individuals and communities, the visually impaired, and the developmentally disabled.
Many people have expressed their gratitude for how Gurudas has cared for them, and now he has founded the Vedic Care Charitable Trust for more structured and stable care.
Krishna Kumari devi dasi
Hospice Worker and Consultant
After seven years of college without feeling she had found her calling, Krsna-Kumari met devotees in Gainesville, Florida in 1971 while on vacation. She dropped her studies that day and accepted the eternal service of the Lord as her life and soul.
Krnsa-Kumari served in many ISKCON projects and became a hospice care giver; service that became invaluable to her in taking care of her husband who departed in the year 2000. Since then, she’s been helping care for devotees coming to Vrindavan Dham to leave their body in the Holy Dham – to go back Home.
She now resides in the forest of Patagonia, Arizona and travels around the world speaking about the need to develop close and meaningful personal relationships in Bhakti.