Love beyond Dementia—Finding Your Spiritual Mission

This interview with John and Marcia Kulick took place at the ECK Worldwide Seminar in October 2016. John shares his personal experiences of dealing with dementia. Marcia, who gave loving support while facing her own severe health challenges, chimes in with insightful observations. Interviewed by ECKANKAR’s vice president, Doug Kunin, these two longtime ECK members reveal how they continued to make a difference through life’s many changing seasons.

John and Marcia passed on in March 2017 within three days of each other.

5 Responses to Love beyond Dementia—Finding Your Spiritual Mission

  1. Carol Cameron says:

    My mother had Alzheimer’s. I learned early on that people with this condition really do live until they die. And in the earlier stages they certainly continue to have a need to be acknowledged as the wonderful people they have always been. I work as a home companion w/folks who sometimes have this disease. It is still possible to connect in a warm and supportive way; they are very sensitive to how others treat them. Their “light” continues to shine through. They can be full of humor, wisdom, and surprises. These moments return us to what it means to be a spiritual being living a human life. I loved this video; and appreciated John and Marcia’s grace.

  2. Michelle says:

    I didn’t realize until after I watched this video how much my heart needed opening. Thanks for publishing it – it was good to see John and Marcia again – I thought this talk of theirs, which I heard live at the seminar, was lost to “once only” history – I am so grateful it wasn’t. “Don’t leave anything on the table!”

  3. Nnenna says:

    That’s really touching and at same very inspiring story from the experiences and challenges faced by John Kulick who was supported by his wife Marcia. This husband and wife have so much love for themselves and state that love with other people wherever they find themselves. The health challenges faced by this two loving Souls did not stop them for living for love and service. It teaches us a lot, that as Eckists we should be prepared at all time to continue to love and to serve, and that was the statement John made when prompted by the moderator and he said “don’t leave anything on your table…” He knew the time is coming and despite his health challenges both him and his wife kept serving and like two love birds they are, they translated almost the same time. Wah Z, thank you for using these experiences to teach us more about life, love, service, gratitude, detachment, humility, and others.

  4. Gillian says:

    Thank you for showing Marcia and John’s talk. He demonstrated that life can still be fulfilling after the diagnosis of dementia. There is so much fear associated with the condition, and it can be a difficult illness to talk about. He showed that love helps us cope and rise above life’s challenges. Love gives us strength when times are tough.

  5. Richard says:

    thank you very much for this presentation, very touching

    what a gift of the Mahanta that John and Marcia passed on together (or almost)

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