The singing volunteers of the Hospice Threshold Choir
“Music, the greatest good that mortals know, and all of heaven we have below.” - Joseph Addison
With the music we make in the Hospice of Memorial Hospital Threshold Choir, we hope to bring comfort to hospice patients and their families during what are often very trying times. Our choir has been singing together since March of 2013. During that time, we have sung to many, many people. In fact, we have been called in to action sometimes five times a week.
The ladies and me rehearsing very seriously :-)
Our team is made up of volunteers who are passionate about hospice care, and dedicated to the Threshold Choir. Some of the choir members have expressed that that these experiences are some of the best of their lives.
Sue Timmons, Janet Provenzale, Judy Stiger,
What is a Threshold Choir?
Juanita Burr, Florence Forwalder.
Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling: some with living, some with dying. The voice, as the original human instrument, is a true and gracious vehicle for compassion and comfort.
When invited, small groups of 2 or 3 singers visit the bedsides of people who are sick, dying, or in a coma. Music is chosen to respond to each client’s musical taste, spiritual direction and physical capacity. Songs might include rounds, chants, lullabies, hymns, spirituals and classical choral music.
Threshold Choir is a network of a cappella choirs of primarily women's voices: A community whose mission is to sing for and with those at the thresholds of life.
What we do
Our goal is to bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying. A calm and focused presence at the bedside, with gentle voices and simple songs can be soothing and reassuring to clients, family, and caregivers alike.
A session typically lasts about 20 minutes; if there appears to be benefit, we might sing longer. Using soft, lullaby voices, we blend in harmony or sometimes in unison, if that provides the most comfort. We offer our singing as gentle blessings, not as entertainment.
We sing by invitation:
- at bedsides;
- in hospitals;
- in skilled nursing facilities;
- in assisted living facilities;
- in private residences.
I’d like to end with one of my favorites quotes, “Music gives voice to that within us that has no language. Music has the power to offer the beauty of our sadness and joy, strength and weakness, captivity and freedom, love and loneliness on the altar of life in thanksgiving.” – Author unknown.
Halloween fun with Janet Provenzale, Sandi Nearhood,
Florence Forwalder, Juanita Burr, Judy Stiger and Kim Strudthoff
If you are interested in joining the Hospice Threshold Choir, call me at Hospice of Memorial Hospital at 419.547.6419 Ext. # 4121. The threshold choir is open to all women age 18 and over. We practice every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, and as I mentioned before, get called in to duty quite frequently.
About the Author:
Brenda Kuieck is the Hospice of Memorial Hospital Community Outreach Coordinator. Brenda works with community members and her hospice colleagues to create programs that increase awareness in regards to the many important services that hospice provides. She has been with Hospice of Memorial Hospital since 2012. Brenda is actively involved in the community with organizations such as Grace Community Church, Kiwanis, Sandusky County Cancer Coalition, Leadership Sandusky County, Alzheimer’s Association, Sandusky County Senior Coalition and many others. Brenda is a Fremont native and resident.