for the Dying
Ganga Prem Hospice, Rishikesh, India
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End of Life Care International has chosen as its first project to support Ganga Prem Hospice in the town of Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganga River in India. Ganga Prem Hospice is a project of the Delhi based Shradha Cancer Care Trust, a public charity set-up to establish urgently needed cancer care facilities in Northern India. Rishikesh is famous not only for its spiritual culture but also for its many well-developed holistic therapy centers. The hospice offers terminally ill cancer patients
The goals that ELCI will help Ganga Prem Hospice achieve are:
- To provide excellent medical and holistic care to terminally ill cancer patients
- To provide counseling and support for patients and relatives as they face the social and emotional challenges surrounding the impending death.
- To provide cultural and spiritual support for patients and relatives in the form of counseling and spiritual activities.
- To provide support for relatives and friends during their bereavement.
Dr. AK Dewan is the Medical Director of Ganga Prem Hospice and the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Center in Delhi and one of the top oncological surgeons in India. He has conducted over 13,000 surgeries in his career.
Patients flock to have his consultations not just because of the high level of expertise that he possesses in his very specialized work, but also because of his empathy and innate goodness. As an unusually dedicated oncologist, his life is totally devoted to prevention, detection and treatment of the disease.
The first ambulance of Ganga Prem Hospice was flagged off on July 25, 2010 from the Punjab Sindh Kshetra Nanki Devi Hospital in Rishikesh. The flag-off took place in a simple ceremony during the monthly cancer clinic of Ganga Prem Hospice on the Guru Purnima day which saw 46 patients in all.
The Ganga Prem Hospice ambulance is being used to provide home care to cancer patients in Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun areas, and to provide free ambulance services to cancer patients. It is the first service of its kind in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.
The Vision of Ganga Prem Hospice
The Ganga Prem Hospice is a spiritually oriented, non-profit hospice for terminally ill cancer patients. Our vision is to help alleviate the physical and psychological discomfort associated with progressive and incurable cancer.
Death is more than just a physical event. Care at Ganga Prem Hospice will touch every aspect of a patient's life: physical, emotional, spiritual and social.
The hospice will create a caring and supportive environment in which patients can pass through this transition with a minimum of distress.
Volunteer comforts cancer patient
Recently donated wheelchair
Pooja in stage IV bone cancer
Outreach cancer patient in Haridwar
Sadhu ArjunNath died in his hut
Mouth cancer patient & Dr. Dewan at Clinic
Pharmacist dispenses medicines to patient
Orthopedic technician tests woman's bone density
Nani Ma is one of the guiding forces of Ganga Prem Hospice and is responsible for the spiritual leanings of the hospice project. Born and brought up in England, she spent the majority of her life on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh with her guru until his Nirvana in 1987. She now lives in a small ashram near Uttarkashi.
Years of austerity and meditation have awakened a compassion in Nani Ma that has inspired her to become part of the Ganga Prem Hospice project and to help it by sharing her love and insight with terminally ill patients and their families at the most difficult time of their lives. She feels, as do the ancient scriptures of all religions, that death is not an end but a transition which can be met with fearlessness and peaceful anticipation rather than turmoil and sorrow.
first-class medical facilities with a choice of allopathic and non-allopathic treatment.
The staff includes cancer specialists, professionals from holistic care systems, physiotherapists, dieticians and specialists in complementary medicine techniques such as yoga, massage and aromatherapy.
Dr. Rupali Dewan and child patient