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Group Called the “Threshold Choir” Sings to Help Usher Hospice Patients Into the Great Beyond

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There has been a movement lately to start rethinking the process of death in a “new” (old) way. Many believe that we have lost sight of death as a part of life, a part that deserves to be honored and treated with dignity and compassion. To this end, many have begun to become death doulas and educators, seeking re-integrate this natural process into a world that has for too long chosen to fear it and push it aside.

Death educator and counselor Martha Jo Atkins writes, “Instead of feeling lost, fearful, anxious, and wondering am I doing this right? imagine feeling a sense of calm and hope around dying you didn’t know was possible. I’m not pretending this time isn’t difficult. Even though it’s painful, there exists a place inside you can tap into, one that allows you to lean in to what’s happening instead of pulling away so you can fully embrace everything that’s happening.”

Threshold Choirs are volunteer choral organizations all over the country (more than one hundred fifty!) who have come together to help sing to the dying. “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, simple songs, and sincere kindness, can be soothing and reassuring to clients, family, and caregivers alike.” Their performances are free of charge and non-religious, with music chosen to suit the taste of the listeners, and many composed by the choir for the purposes of bringing comfort to the dying. Listeners say the process is a deeply spiritual experience.

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