Families and staff in private homes, nursing homes and hospitals may request Evensong’s singing free of charge by contacting:
Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County at (207) 667-2531 or email us at [email protected]
Evensong is a group of singers whose gift is to offer songs for peace and comfort in the homes and at the bedsides of those who are in transition or nearing the end of life’s journey.
The singers have all had hospice orientation, and many are regular hospice volunteers, so they are comfortable and familiar with the hospice philosophy of care.
It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to share this most intimate time in a person’s life. The singers enter this place with gentleness, respect and with open hearts.
Depending on a person’s need and preferences, Evensong offers a choice of music ranging from spirituals to secular, hymns and gospel to folk and popular, even special requests. They sing in groups from as few as four to as many as twenty.
Patients and their families often respond emotionally to the music and find comfort in the deep human connection with the singers who have come to be present with them.
“The Gift of Music” by Masumi Hayashi-Smith produced at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. More from the Salt Institute
Take the gift I bring, Friends carry me over, Deep within me life is singing, Love call me home. Time ferry me down the river, Friends carry me safely over, Life tend me on my journey. Love call me home.
~ Peggy Seeger
“You sang with your heart, your smiles spoke of your love…”
~ Note from a hospice patient