A local a cappella group is offering their voices as gifts to residents of Clallam County that find themselves at the thresholds of life.
The Clallam County Threshold Choir is a group of volunteers in Sequim and Port Angeles that softly sing at the bedsides of those going through life’s transitions, from experiencing grief and illness to facing death.
Betty Marcoux, musical director for Threshold Choir said it was very clear there was a need for the service in the community.
“What we’re offering is peace and comfort for people,” she said.
“We try and make their day a little bit better for them.”
The Clallam County Chapter formed in 2016 but the group has started besides singing since November.
It is part of a larger nonprofit organization called Threshold Choir that started in 2000 and now has 125 chapters around the nation and the world.
Nicknamed “The Lullaby Ladies” the Clallam County chapter sends two to four singers at the request of family or loved ones to sing at the bedside of an individual, their family or caregivers going through a difficult time free of charge.
“We are open to singing to the person or family or caregivers,” she said.
“Not necessarily the person in the bed.”
Marcoux said the group only sings at the consent of the recipient. She added sometimes the group will receive an emergency call from someone close to death and the group does its best to be there.
“We’ve been successfully in getting to some bedsides,” she said. “Some not.”
Marcoux said she joined because she wants to share her gift of singing as do the nine other women in the group that have joined.
“These ladies are kind and caring,” Marcoux said.
“We try to contribute to the community by singing.”
Marcoux said the group is always looking for more singers and the group is not religiously affiliated. She said the only requirements the group has is an individual must carry a tune, but also kindness.
“We’re just singers who like to share; we’re not anything more or less,” she said.
“Anybody is very welcome to join us.”
The Clallam County Threshold Choir rehearse the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Port Angeles. For more information or to request service, call Midge James at 360-797-1006, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://thresholdchoir.org/clallamcounty.