An Evening of Song with Threshold Choir - Free to Attend

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An Evening of Song with Threshold Choir - Presented by The Death Doula Network of BC FREE TO ATTEND

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presented by The Death Doula Network of BC:

The Threshold Choir - an Evening of Song

with special guest Dr. David R. Grube, MD

Take a journey with Dr. David R. Grube, MD as he shares the magic of the Threshold Choir and their vision of a world where all at life’s thresholds may be honored with compassion shared through song.

In this informative workshop you will learn about:

- Threshold Choir's history and how they began

- The gift of song at the threshold, and the positive benefits to individuals, caregivers, and families

- Their plans for chapter expansion and how you can help create a chapter in your community or facility

You will experience:

- A live zoom performance with threshold choir singers, who regularly honour those at life's threshold with their shared compassion and song

Presenter - Dr. David Grube, MD & Threshold Choir Board Member:

Dr. David Grube taught premedical and medical students for his entire career. He has lectured nationally on topics such as Medical Aid in Dying, Professionalism, Medical Ethics, and Humor in Medicine. He has served on his local school board, hospital board, and on his local hospital board, Lumina, and was Chair of its Ethics Committee. He is currently the National Medical Director for Compassion and Choices. He is a baritone in his local Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and also in the Heart of the Valley Threshold Singers.

Free to Attend - Open to the Public

Your Hosts:

Jo-Anne Haun, End of Life Alternatives

Karen Hendrickson, Take the Journey


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David R Grube MD ~ Board Member

I have sung as long as I can remember.

As a little boy, our family did not have a TV, but we had a piano; and I had a mother who wrote small beautiful songs. I was wedged between two brothers. I imagine to keep herself sane with three boys (only 4 ½ years apart in age!), each evening after dinner we “had” to gather around her piano bench and sing for 30 minutes. We sang in parts from the beginning, mom teaching as well as accompanying us. Hymns, folk songs, sea chanties, Stephen Foster, ballads, and even show tunes. In high school I was not in choir because at that class hour of each day I had a clarinet stuck in my mouth. But I have sung in choirs in college and in church ever since.

I was a family physician in a very small rural town for almost 40 years. If I had a special focus, it was improving care at the end of life, and so I have also been involved in hospice since 1980; and have taught pre-medical and medical students about the importance of comfort and respect, especially for the terminally ill. Yes, I sang at a number of patient’s funerals over the years.

Since retirement I have been the National Medical Director for Compassion and Choices, the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities, and beliefs.

My wife, Lynn, a retired nurse, and I have been members of the Heart of the Valley Threshold Singers (Corvallis, OR) for several years. Singing at bedside has brought us great joy and allows me to continue two great passions in life: singing and caring for the dying.

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