My good friend Jojo is a member of the Threshold Choir, which is primarily a women’s a cappella choir that sings in small groups for people on the threshold of life, mainly in hospices but also in hospitals and other places. Kate Munger, who started the choir, got the idea while singing for her friend who was in a coma. By March of 2000 she had an official gathering of women in El Cerrito, CA that helped her launch the choir. Today there are over 100 branches worldwide. They have a wonderful songbook of original songs and songs they have gathered that are usually rounds or short healing songs that are repeated in harmony for the patients and their families.
Jojo told me of a musician in a famous group who had a break down and wound up on the street where she was attacked and ended up in hospice. Jojo and two other members of the choir got to sing this beautiful song to her which said that she was loved, over and over. The gentle dignity this afforded a musician who had brought so much happiness to others and who would have died alone ignominiously, moved me greatly. This loving act allowed her to pass peacefully. There are so many people who struggle through life and are never afforded this kindness.
It is a beautiful service, motivated and upheld with benevolence. I believe it has a balancing effect on the planet, like the Buddhist monks that pray for peace, and the nuns that pray for healing. This choir is more of a bridge between visualized prayers and active assistance.
Melanie Demore is an adjunct to the Threshold Choir and her song is similar to those song in the small groups.
Singing to one another, in whatever form we can manifest, even if it is silently or in the shower, opens and connects us to our true unlabeled being.