From the Trust Family Bulletin, 15 June 2015:
Dear Baba Family,
In 1995 Baba’s doctor, Goher Irani, asked a visiting pilgrim, Sarah Schall (who happened to have a degree in laboratory work) to become a resident at Meherabad and help her in the lab at Meher Free Dispensary, Meherazad. Michael McDonald had been working as a lab tech at MFD since l983 but the patient load had increased and the number of lab tests required had skyrocketed. Sarah moved to Meherabad that same year and worked very well alongside Michael in Goher’s lab for many years, as well as in the lab at Meher Health Centre in Arangaon. Sarah and Mike also developed a deep interest in homeopathy which inspired them to take a UK correspondence course qualifying them as homeopathic doctors.
Sarah was very close to Baba’s dear Katie Irani whose personal care in Katie’s last years she attended to most devotedly and whose memory she lovingly honored through the sharing of videos of Katie and written accounts of her life with Baba.
In August of 2010, Sarah and Michael married, confirming the commitment to each other and to Baba that had already existed for many years.
Dear Sarah returned to her Beloved’s arms on 15th June, 2015 at 2:15 am in ICU at Ruby Hall Hospital in Pune, having suffered from irreversible liver failure. Her cremation will take place at Meherabad cremation ground at 4 pm this afternoon, 15th June.
We salute you, our dear friend in Baba, for your unceasing care for others, your readiness to render help no matter the inconvenience to yourself and the life you lived wholeheartedly for Him.
You will be missed…
Avatar Meher Baba ki Jai
From Duncan Herkett:
…I would like to offer some insights into Sarah’s compassionate nature, her devotion to Baba, and her faith in prayer, through a few quotes taken from the loving messages she sent me over the last year and a half.
First, I should explain that despite my very limited contact with Sarah since her time spent in the Pacific Northwest many years ago, she repeatedly reached out to me and my family with much loving kindness after learning of the serious illness that had befallen my son, Peter, about two years ago. Most significantly, Sarah kept Peter and his family in her prayers during and after his lengthy hospitalization. Peter’s amazing and unexpected recovery from a 5 month long coma due to a rare and deadly illness of unknown origins was, of course, Baba’s grace, as prayed for by Sarah and many other loving souls.
Here are a few of the inspirational messages that Sarah sent me during me and my family’s trying time:
“Know that our loving prayers continue not only for Peter but also for you and all your family members and his fiancée”
“Mani Irani said a few things that we cherish and live by. One of the things she said is that prayers for others help them. Also, I remember that Katie had a long list of nearly 50 people that she prayed for after Arti in Beloved Baba’s room, year after year. The list might vary, but her steadfastness was absolute.”
“Another thing that has helped me a lot, is the recent realization a year ago, that Mehera had to be a divine descent, because none of the other women mandali had any of her other worldly qualities. And so I started praying to her whenever Maya was troubling me, as she is divine Maya – Baba already knows we are on the train, but Mehera helps with making the journey a bit more manageable, at least for me”
“There is no such thing as retirement over here – you just work till you drop! Yet the Samadhi is a source of inspiration for each of us.”
“One thing I remember often, is a question someone once asked Mother Teresa, “How do you know what is God’s will” and she replied, “It’s simple. It is what happens.” This has helped me get through many a tough moment as a resident living in Meherabad.”
Dear Sarah, may you be radiant with joy in Baba’s eternal presence!
In His love,