Singing For Those at the End of Life: Blessed Quietness

On Saturday, October 24th, the Harbour Singers hosted the first statewide conference on bed side singing. In attendance were nine Hospice Choirs from Maine and New Hampshire who shared with the conference attendees what they're doing regarding repertoire and logistics. We discussed how to grow the movement: including what the process is and what resources are available to seed Hospice Choirs in communities not currently served, and how to collaborate with others whose shared mission is singing for those at the end of life.
Click to read the story published in the Morning Sentinel.

 

Who We Are

The Harbour Singers was formed in 2008 to support persons in end of life care settings at a hospice, hospital, nursing home, or at home throughout the Southern Maine region. We offer a gift of song at bedside from a small group of caring volunteers.
The Harbour Singers is a non-denominational chorus with non-profit status under the umbrella of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford. The choir is open to all who wish to sing. Any person, whether they come with a religious affiliation, spiritual practice or social concern, is welcome to join.

 

What We Offer

The Harbour Singers offers music that respects and touches each individual’s spiritual or personal needs.
As a chorus we sing at group gatherings in nursing homes or hospitals.
In small groups we sing bedside at home or in a facility that welcomes such support for patients. We hope that our music will provide comfort and enjoyment to all who hear it.

 

Community Support

The Harbour Singers have collaborated in this program with the four hospice organizations in Southern Maine. With their assistance the Singers have received basic training to insure that our presence in your home or at the bedside of a loved one will be a discreet and loving experience. Privacy is of the utmost importance.
The services of The Harbour Singers are free to all who request it. Donations are welcome as appropriate to help with the cost of music and other miscellaneous expenses.

 

 

“Bringing the Harbour Singers in to sing for one of my patients was such a joy. The generous, thoughtful, talented group brought a lightness into the room, with their smiles, their gentleness and most importantly their voices.”

Chaplain Sage Currie, Allegiance Hospice