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Our Common Fate Can Be Eased Through Singing

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, December 31, 2018
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I am not talking about singing as you pay your taxes. Instead, it is the one fate that regardless of wealth, we all will experience: death. It is about joining your voice with others to ease the fear and pain of people who are facing the end of their lives. The seed for Threshold Choir began in 1990 when Kate Munger sang for her friend who was in a coma and dying of HIV/AIDS. In the 2 ½ hours that she sang, it comforted her while it comforted him. An idea was slowly born. Finally, through technology and the grace of women gathering together, Threshold Choir was born.

Today their web site for this nonprofit states:

As of 2017, there were more than 150 chapters of the Threshold Choir. Please see our list of Chapters by Region and our interactive MAP to see our current chapter locations.

Each Threshold Choir chapter is firmly rooted in its local community while also being an important part of our shared community as an international organization. We sing from the same repertoire and share our experiences at regional and international gatherings. Choir members know they are welcome at rehearsals and gatherings outside their area and often make plans to visit when traveling. We also stay in touch by email, blog, and newsletter and through this website. Most important, of course, we share a culture of compassion and respect for individuals at the threshold.

I just filled out an on-line form, asking to learn more about my local chapter. You see, death will be our ultimate test in growth and resiliency. If I can add my voice to others and—as my work schedule permits—help a soul on its final journey, what a privilege that would be. In the bargain, I might develop insights to help me face our common fate.

I think this could be one of my stretch assignments for 2019… along with learning to type. The first is immortal. The second is maybe impossible. I am an “old dog”.

 

 



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