Rupa Khoraja Pun: In Memory

Each person who inhabits this planet deserves a book written about their life because every life has value and meaning. However, if I were to write a book about Rupa it would be in volumes…close to the Encyclopedia Britannica in magnitude…or a modern day Wikipedia. Volumes to describe the many lives she touched and healed; the many lives she birthed into this world, and the many lives she helped ease into their journey beyond. She was a nurse-midwife, daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, healer, and farmer. Her spirit was quiet and courageous…she could move mountains with her dedication and passion for helping others. She is missed with a pain that is as deep as the Kali Gandaki Gorge and as sharp as the mighty Himalaya peaks.

On July 4, 2017, Rupa passed away to continue her own soul’s journey. She had been battling metastatic kidney cancer since 2015 and was hospitalized on June 25th in a coma from which she never recovered consciousness. Her husband Boj knew her wishes were to return to Nangi, to the village, people and home she loved. He checked her out of the hospital on July 3rd and began a journey that was more than mere travel…it was Rupa’s heart and soul traversing the valley, river, and mountains that she loved. She died en route, but Boj said she was at peace because she was on her way home. She gave her spirit up from this world trusting body and soul would arrive in Nangi for her final rest and celebration of her life.

In the weeks to come, I will publish stories and photographs about Rupa. If you have a story and/or photograph you would like to share please email me at debra@himanchal.org

 

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