(7.2.1954 – 14.2.2019)
Prem Ruchi grew up in the Estern part of Switzerland. She became a sannyasin in the mid 70’s, at a very early age, and worked in the Pune commune and was part of the Zurich Commune (Gyandip/Kota). After meeting Avaroha she moved to Southern England.
Update 1a: Ruchi’s Funeral and Celebration will be held on Monday, 25th February, at 1-2.15pm, Westerleigh Crematorium, Bristol BS37 8QP – more details in this PDF file. Everyone is welcome for a beautiful sannyas send-off.
Update 1b: Webcast of Ruchi’s Celebration will be available on 25th February 2019, 1pm (UK time). Please login to view 10 minutes before the service is about to begin: wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view
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The webcast can be viewed until 7th March
Update 2: Andi, Ruchi’s brother, will show a Webcast of Ruchi’s Goodbye Ceremony on Monday, 25th February, 2-3:15pm (14:00-15:15) Continental Time in the Salon on the first floor of the retirement home where Ruchi’s mother is staying: Altersresidenz Singenberg, Rorschacherstrasse 80, 9000 St. Gallen (see singenberg.ch for directions). Ruchi’s friends and relatives are invited.
Dear friends of Prem Ruchi,
Ruchi left her body peacefully in the early hours of today, in a hospice near Stroud, UK. Her husband Avaroha was with her as she left.
Last Thursday (7th February), my housemate Shanti and I went to visit her in Stroud where she was being looked after by Avaroha and some friends. A few years ago, we were all living in the same Housing Co-op in Bristol. Ruchi moved back to her native Switzerland a few months ago, but later felt ill and went to hospital for a check-up. They found multiple metastases of the cancer she had been living with for several years and gave her a few months or weeks to live.
When Shanti and I visited, it was a beautiful sunny day and Ruchi wanted to meet outside, so she came out in a wheelchair. We spent a wonderful 2 hrs in the sun. Ruchi wanted to lie on the grass so, with the aid of an airbed, duvets and lots of blankets we managed that too. We reminisced, we imagined the next life to come, we did some healing, sang and laughed – it felt very special to all of us.
Ruchi joked about dying on her birthday – we asked her when it was – she said Today! – we thought she was joking, til a friend rang her to wish her Happy Birthday! So then we sang Happy Birthday:
On the following Monday, Ruchi felt clear that she needed to go to a hospice to better manage the pain. She felt ready to go and was pleased to be at the hospice. On Tuesday a few of us had a meditation for her intending her peacefulness which is what she had requested. She left her body peacefully at around 1.30 am this morning, Valentine’s Day.
Much love and thanks to you. Fly high Beloved Ruchi
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The last time I saw Ruchi was two summers ago. We decided to spend a day together and had the brilliant idea to go on a boat trip to one of the islands we see from Arillas, where she was having a holiday. She bought the tickets and we met at the appointed time at Vassilis Supermarket, where a little bus picked us up to take us the port.
We were in shock when we saw the vessel. I had expected to get on a tourist boat, as I had before, open on all sides to take in the view of the wonderful day, the islands and the sea. We were directed to what looked like a bus on water. We stepped into the closed haul (the open back was already loaded with crates of vegetables and drinks) – it was already heavily smelling of diesel fuel. The upholstered seats were arranged like in a cinema; they were low down and the windows high up so that there was no view. We were one of the firsts to hop into the boat, so we immediately clambered up the few steps to the captain’s cabin, and took our seats on the hard bench. There we could see out and open the windows.
Other holidaymakers stepped up as well and we saw their disappointed faces. They immediately turned around, took their seats in the depths of the ‘bus’ and got out at the first stop. But we wanted to go to the very end! We were not going to give up so quickly! But we did not know that the next island was going to be after what seemed like two more hours, and that the wind was going to pick up, creating huge waves. Most of the time I had to lean out of the window to get fresh air and fight back getting sea sick (it would have been my first!). All the while we were laughing at the situation we were in, and taking (wobbly) photos.
When we finally arrived at the island there was just enough time to order lunch, gobble it down and run back onto the boat/bus (which almost left without us!). This time there was space in the back and we spent the return journey at the stern, hanging onto the metal rafters like monkeys, bouncing up and down with the waves – the blue diesel fuel visibly surrounding us. The next morning, after showering and shampooing, and with new clothes on, I could still smell the diesel – from my mouth.
Well now, this would have given anyone ample opportunity to complain and blame. Did I hear a single word from Ruchi? The only complaints were about the photos I took of her. She did not like any of them; she looked too much like this or like that. I am including here a few of which she complained the least.
Not for a millisecond did I regret that I went on this trip with her. It was such a joy to have experienced Ruchi like this. It was wonderful to be with a women who can endure with humour some of the most horrendous and uncomfortable journeys!
Thank you, Ruchi, for this wonderful day with you!
Remembering you sweet Ruchi…..
What a wake up call, I wanted to come and see you after our last chat recently…. ❤ Your way of laughing and questoning was so unique ❤ I am sad I cannot meet you now, but you can be in the farthest corner of this universe, and will always remain a fellow traveller to me, in this amazing journey where we met and shared so easily, whenever we got together again, even in the face of your body’s difficulties and the challenges you faced. I wish you the most amazing and beautiful journey on; you have a place in many hearts here. So much love to you ❤ May blessings shower on you on and on ❤ Deep Peace ❤
To my beautiful friend Ruchi.
You are radiant as always as I sense your presence as I write this remembering your contagious smile (if there could be such a thing). I’m sure that those who knew you well, know exactly what I mean when I say that.
Our lives crossed paths so briefly but we became sisters, so much so that on the day before you passed, you included me in a messaging group with a few other of your close friends as a way to say, “I love you and goodbye”. (You opened the message group but never wrote a word in it, possibly losing track due to the illness, but we know what you were telling us, I’m sure.)
So now I can say, I love you too, Ruchi, and thank you for your final goodbye. Thank you for our brief meeting that still enriches my life and thank you for taking the time to say “goodbye” at least for now.
May your onward journey be a beautiful one. Love to you, Ruchi,