We are an interfaith hospice choir based in Newton, Massachusetts. We are committed to singing for for people who are terminally ill, and on their final journey into death. Professional and family caregivers, and loved ones in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices are welcome to share in our gift of song. We also sing at Memorial services, Funerals and Celebrations of Life. JourneySongs also has a commitment to sing at local memorial services (sampling of sites: Good Shephard, Tippett House, Marist House, Parmenter, Hebrew Senior Life, Brigham and Women's Hospital).
Members of JourneySongs have been singing together for 12 years, sponsored by FUUSN, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Newton. Our repertoire is drawn from many faith and world traditions and includes lullabies, chants, rounds, spirituals, hymns, niguns and classical music. We choose songs meaningful to the client and their caregivers.
We believe in the healing power of music and calming presence during life’s transitions, whether that presence is in person or virtual. In this time of the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever to offer healing sound, song and a soothing presence to decrease isolation, and calm and uplift spirits.
To abide by visitor restrictions and in place of in person visits, we now offer audio and video recordings, including images of nature synched to our singing. These audio tracks and videos can be downloaded below for you to play on In-house television channels, upload to Google Drive or individual iPads. Please scroll down to the "Downloads" section of this website below, and click on the picture of the music notes. There you may enter your name, email address and facility name, and click on the download button for the items you wish to receive.
We look forward to singing in person as soon as is safely possible. We are hopeful!
Singing is our gift and donations of any amount are gratefully accepted when downloading our work or requesting a sing. If you find our work valuable for supporting patients / clients at this time, please scroll down to the Contribution section below. Thank you!
God's timing is perfect. Your gracious band of songbirds came to my mother's bedside when we needed a word - a note - of healing. Your voices and passion shone through every song. I will never hear "Dona Nobis Pacem" the same way again. Thank you and Bless you. “ ~ Krysia B
JourneySongs is a volunteer organization. However, there are administrative costs associated with our mission. If we have touched you or your family members and you feel moved to contribute, we gratefully accept donations. Please send checks made out to FUUSN, with JourneySongs in the memo line to: 1326 Washington Street West Newton, MA 02465.
Arranging a Visit
JourneySongs is open to singing bedside in the Metro West Boston area when invited by a client, a client’s family or caregivers as availability allows, after the urgency of the COVID19 pandemic has been resolved and it is safe to do so. The service is provided free of charge.
A member of the choir will talk with the person requesting the service to arrange an appropriate time for the patient.
Please contact visit@JourneySongs.org