Corwin-Renner, who gives private piano and recorder lessons, was already leading a group of women who met regularly to sing rounds. In May 2007 she asked whether they would be willing to train to sing for dying people. The timing, as it turned out, was perfect for some of the women in the group.
Gabriella vanGeloven was helping to care for a close friend who was dying: “You know how you usually just stand around helpless and don’t know what to do in those situations? [By] singing for someone who is passing, you can do something for that person, and also for the people who stay behind.”
Susan Schilperoort had a friend whose seventeen-year-old daughter had been killed in a car accident earlier in 2007: “I’d done some hospice work and been a hospital chaplain, but to be a part of that home funeral—I just feel like it changed me forever. And so it felt like a natural thing for this group to flow into doing that.” According to Munger, “The shiver down the back when a singer has heard about our work has been the best and most accurate audition” for the groups.