Bellingham Threshold Singers was established in 2007 and had about 33 volunteers in 2014.
Our mission is to relieve distress, pain and anxiety with comforting song — to bring ease and peace at life’s thresholds. We have a unique repertoire of soft, lullaby-like songs, which we sing unaccompanied by musical instruments.
We are part of an international network of Threshold Choirs and are not religiously affiliated. There is never a charge for our service.
We are called by family members and caregivers to sing for people in care facilities, in the hospital, or in their homes in Whatcom County. We currently make more than 50 bedside visits each month. We also honor requests to sing at vigils, funerals and memorial services.
Every sing is a special occasion for us. We assemble a small group of singers, sometimes on short notice, and prepare ourselves to be fully present for our client. We position ourselves around the bedside, and with loving intention focused on our client, our lead singer begins to hum or sing and the other singers join in. We stay usually 15 to 20 minutes and then slip away quietly. We don’t expect attention or applause. We consider it an honor to be invited to witness these threshold moments in our clients’ lives.