First National Symposium on

‘Integrating Spirituality & Religiosity in End-of-Life Care: The Way Forward’

Date: 2nd September, 2017.

Venue: Kosish – the Hospice

Organized by: Kosish – the Hospice & SANDHI, IIT Kharagpur




8.30 AM: Prayer & Welcome address

  • Abhijit Dam, Secretary, Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) and Director, Koshish-the Hospice
  • Suhita Chopra Chatterjee. Dept. of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur
  • Lamp Lighting by President & Ex-Presidents of IAPC




  • Prof. Mary Ann Muckaden, President IAPC
  • Sukhdev Nayak, Department of Anesthesiology, AIIMS- Bhubaneshwar


Session1: Addressing Spiritual & Religious Issues

  • Spirituality in a multi-faith, multi-cultural environment
    • Dr. Stanley C. Macaden, Banglore Baptist Trust, Bengaluru
  • Do we need to address Spiritual issues?
    • Gayatri Palat, MNJ Institute of Oncology, Hyderabad
  • The Brain at the time of Death: Understanding Receptivity
    • Roop Gursahani, Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai
  • Scope of research & funding in addressing Spirituality & Religiosity in India
    • Sanghamitra Mustafi Borah, North East Cancer Hospital & Research Institute, Guwahati


Session 2: Assessing Spiritual Needs

  • Patient and Caregiver’s needs : A Clinician’s Perspective
    • Nagesh Simha, Karunashraya, Bangalore
  • Lay  Perspectives on Spiritual needs
    • Natwar Nagar, Vice president,  HVS Consultants, New Delhi
  • Barriers to addressing Spiritual needs in Medical Institutions
    • Jaydeep Sengupta, SKB University, Purulia


Session 3:  Religiosity in End-of-Life Care

  • Should Religious leaders be involved in addressing spiritual issues?
    • Radhakrisha Menon, Member-IAPC
  •  End- of- Life Care: Role of Hospitals affiliated  to Religious Organizations
    • Suhita Chopra Chatterjee, Dept of HSS, IIT Kharagpur
  • Significance of Rituals in End-of-Life Care
    • Abhijit Dam, Secretary, Indian Association of Palliative Care and Director, Koshish-the Hospice
  • Yoga and Healing in End-of-Life Care
    • Joshi, Chairman, Unnat Gramsamaj Nirman Kendra, Vadodara


Vote of Thanks


A few photos of the venue of the forthcoming Symposium and CC meet