INDIANAPOLIS, I.N.—Peace and comfort are the two words that embody Deborah Carrithers goal for the Threshold Singers.
The group is part of a worldwide organization that has made providing soothing music to the sick and dying its mission. The Threshold Singers visit two nursing homes or hospice facilities a month and sing hymns—"Amazing Grace" is a special favorite amongst those they serve.
"We know that the right kind of song can actually reduce blood pressure or pain," Carrithers said. "Our music...addresses the fears and concerns of those at the end of life: 'You are Loved," 'All Is Forgiven,' 'May You Be at Peace.'"
Corinthian Martin, who lives at a hospice facility the group visits, says that when she's having a bad day "the music...soothes me."
The group's volunteers say that, contrary to what you might assume, singing in these places brings them peace and hope.
"[Sadness] gets blown away with the beauty of what we're doing," Sarah Mishler said of her time volunteering.
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