For more than four years, the East End Threshold Singers have sung to patients and their loved ones at East End Hospice’s Kanas Center for Hospice Care.
The Kanas Center was designed to provide the most comforting and peaceful environment for patients and their families. The singers say they feel honored to be a part of that comfort through song.
The East End Threshold Singers are a group of 12-16 volunteers who love to sing. They are part of Threshold Choir International, a network of 200 chapters of acapella choirs whose mission is to sing for and with those at the threshold of life.
Their secular repertoire includes calming lullabies, chants, and traditional melodies. They perform in common areas of the Kanas Center and at bedside when invited, and they participate in the annual Tree of Lights and Memorial Rock Garden Dedication Services.
“For us, singing for the patients is not a performance but a special kind of service,” said choir member and volunteer Alice Froehlich, choir member and volunteer. “We work together to create a sound to communicate a calming presence. It is truly a privilege to be a part of the amazing team that provides such loving care for the patients at the Kanas Center.”
Families that experience the choir have said that their presence helped them find peace and comfort. “Their voices helped ease my father as he left this life and went to the next. You helped him experience complete peace during his final moments.” said a grateful family member.
We are grateful for the East End Threshold Singers whose voices bring peace and solace to so many.