Hospice SLO Threshold Singers
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County is in the process of developing our own Threshold Choir, The Hospice SLO Threshold Singers. What is a Threshold Choir? It is a group of volunteers that have a talent for carrying a tune and want to bring that special experience to a client or a client’s family. Often times the sharing of their gift is at a client’s bedside.
When invited to a bedside, choir members serve to bring ease and comfort to those at the thresholds of living and dying. A calm and focused presence, with gentle voices, simple songs, and sincere kindness, can be soothing and reassuring to clients, family, and caregivers alike.
Using soft, lullaby voices, the singers blend in harmony or sometimes in unison, if that provides the most comfort. They offer their singing as gentle blessings, not as entertainment. Most of the songs are very short, so their repetition is conducive to rest and comfort.
Hospice SLO Threshold Singers need to do the following:
- Be able to carry a tune
- Be able to hold your own part (or sincerely want to learn to) while others sing harmony
- Be able to sing softly and blend your voice with others (or sincerely want to learn)
- Be able to communicate kindness with your voice
- Be willing to use self-monitoring and accept peer feedback as we work together to bring the sweetest, most blended, and graceful sound to our precious clients
As Hospice SLO Threshold Singers, the most important things you will share are a repertoire of beautiful, meaningful, and soothing songs, and a desire to provide comfort and peace at a significant and challenging stage of life.
Families that have had the experience of receiving this gift have said that the choir members’ presence helped them to “be” with their loved one after the “doing” was done. "Your voices were those of the angels my father had by his side as he left this life and went to the next. You helped him experience complete peace in his last moments . . ."