Featured Team Profile
Palliative Care Coordinator
Ganga Prem Hospice
Sarojini Murthy's life
and work have been devoted to offering services
to people who are in distress. From her early
years at the Shivananda Ashram charity hospital
in Rishikesh, to her present work as a palliative
care coordinator for Ganga Prem Hospice, Sarojini
has been a pillar of strength for hundreds of
patients who have been under her care. The patients
at the Ganga Prem Hospice clinic are met each
month by the welcoming smile of Sarojini as she
sits at the registration desk and takes down patients'
details before sending them in to consult with
the doctors. After consultation Sarojini again
lovingly explains the doctors' advice to
them. Despite being very busy at the registration
desk, Sarojini is known to listen carefully to
each patient's problems and fears and to
give them encouragement and support.
"My work is about going through patients'
suffering with them," says Sarojini, who
has cared for many of GPH's terminally-ill patients
and has helped them medically, emotionally, and
spiritually. Sarojini has also accompanied cancer
patients to the hospital for tests and treatment.
One of GPH's terminally ill patients, Madhu Rana,
in her last days, did not recognise her family
members and friends but she recognised Sarojini,
which is sufficient testimony for the consistent
love and support which she extends to the patients
in her care.
Sarojini attributes her natural instinct for caring,
to her very early years when she was chosen by
her uncle, Swami Chidananda ji, the former President
of the Divine Life Society, to be the one among
his nephews and nieces, who would dedicate her
life to service. During her 22 years at the Shivananda
Ashram, Sarojini worked in various capacities
at the ashram's temple and library but principally
she worked at the hospital. Usually, she would
handle the out-patient department and on other
occasions, assist in minor surgeries which were
performed in the hospital's operation theatre.
A typical day in Sarojini Murthy's life involves
caring for her patients, her elderly mother and
brother, and lending a helping hand to the neighbours.
She regularly devotes time in the morning to her
meditation and sadhana and during the evenings,
she goes down to the river Ganga for evening prayers.
For both patients and staff, Sarojini is undoubtedly
a trusted and much loved member of the Ganga Prem