Local families gathered in East Park Saturday morning to honor and give remembrance to lost loved ones. A Butterfly to Remember, an annual program sponsored by AseraCare Hospice, drew a large group to the event.
The service began with a brief lesson as to why the butterfly is often used when referring to the passing of a loved one. The metamorphosis of the caterpillar into the butterfly is similar to the passing of one into another life. The passages and phrases of the stories and passages from various prayer books had an uplifting theme.
Next, the list of names of those remembered was read and a moment of silence ended the brief ceremony.
Following the ceremony, small blue envelopes containing butterflies were handed to the patrons. Once everyone has entered the grassy clearing, the butterflies were released and the bagpipes were played.
“The service was beautiful,” said Anne Sutton, who attended the event. “This is a great thing they’re doing.”
The service is designed to provide support to family, friends and community members who have lost a loved one. For more information or to inquire about future services, call AseraCare Hospice at 322-7017.