Many of us may have had an experience with a friend or family member at the end of their lives. It is a time of many emotions and difficult decisions. What could we do to help them find comfort? What could we do to help them relax and be more peaceful?
Music could be a gift in these circumstances. It was for this situation that the Threshold Choir was brought into being.
The Threshold Choir is a growing international organization that is dedicated to bringing gentle vocal music to the dying and others in pain at any of life’s thresholds. The music is simple, soothing lullaby style songs that are short, positive and non-denominational.
Nelson Threshold Singers is our local chapter of this choir. We have been preparing since the fall of 2016.
Most of the songs we sing are written by choir members, many by the choir’s founder Kate Munger. We sing a capella (without accompaniment) songs that are in harmony, repetitive and written primarily for women’s voices. We go to the bedside in groups of 2 or 3.
Our singers are volunteers and our service is freely given. Donations are accepted.
The person to whom we sing is our most important audience. They are our focus and we choose songs especially for them and the situation at hand. There are over 350 songs in the repertoire of the Threshold Choir so there are many choices for many situations.
We will sing for your loved ones if requested in the Nelson area.
Nelson Threshold singers are associated with the Nelson End of Life Society (NELS). We will be presenting an evening at the Senior’s Centre on Vernon street on Monday September 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. We will talk and sing to introduce our community to our work. If you are interested in singing or know someone who might benefit from this music please attend to learn more about this service which is available in our area.
To learn more about the international organization please visit thresholdchoir.org. To request bedside singing in the Nelson area please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindness Made Audible is our motto.