Providing comforting song to those at the threshold of life
Compassionate Singing Class
We offer a 12-week training for our members who want to sing for individuals who are ill or dying. This course teaches participants everything they need to know to qualify as bedside singers with Bellingham Threshold Singers. Topics to be covered include:
History of the international Threshold Choir movement
20 songs every threshold singer should know
Hand signals used at the bedside
Singing techniques for the bedside
Facing our feelings about death and dying
Families in stressful times
Grounding before and after sings
Managing our feelings at the bedside
Blending with each other and our environment
Building trust in the sisterhood of singers
What to wear/bring to a sing
Maintaining boundaries, confidentiality
Singing experience and ability to read music are not required.
The class meets on Tuesday evenings and includes 6 regular rehearsals, which complement and support the training. It is offered twice a year. There is no charge.
All BTS members are eligible to take this class. To become a member, attend three rehearsals within a 3-month period and experience being sung to in our reclining chair at rehearsal.