Hospice to Hold Memorial Butterfly Release

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Chautauqua Hospice

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will hold its annual Service of Remembrance and Butterfly Release on Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2pm. This year’s event will take place on the SUNY Fredonia Campus at the Science Building Courtyard.

The Service of Remembrance and Butterfly Release is presented by Hospice as a way for the community to honor and memorialize loved ones who have passed away. The short program will include music and poetry and will be followed by the release of live butterflies. All community members are encouraged to participate.

“Everyone is invited to participate in the service, whether they have been served by Hospice or not,” says Shauna Anderson, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care President & CEO. “The annual Service of Remembrance and Butterfly Release is offered through our bereavement program to anyone who has suffered a loss, as a way to remember their loved ones in a special and significant way.”

Requests to include a non-hospice patient in the event booklet should be directed to the Director of Bereavement Services, Jamie Probst, at 716-338- 0035, ext. 212, or via email at jprobst@hospicechautco.org. A photo or poem can be included in the service by sending a non-returnable copy to the office or by email.

Butterflies may be purchased to release at the event for a suggested $10 donation by visiting www.hospicechautco.org, or by calling the Hospice offices. Requests and butterfly reservations must be made by May 27th.
In the event of rain, the Remembrance Service will still take place and butterflies will be given to participants to release on their own when the skies clear. Butterflies are treated humanely and a species that is common locally is used for the Service.

Specialized bereavement counseling is available through Hospice to assist with grief and loss of a friend or loved one. Additional support, such as establishing connections with community service providers or mental health services, is also available regardless of when or how a loved one died, and no past affiliation with Hospice is required.

“We know that the pain of loss can leave family and friends feeling lost and alone, uncertain of how to move forward,” Probst says. “Hospice Grief Counseling services are offered at no cost to anyone who is interested in our services. We are always there to help.”

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care is an independent, not-for-profit healthcare organization that has been serving residents of Chautauqua County for 35 years. Its mission is to provide end-of-life
education and care in Chautauqua County. For more information about their services visit www.hospicechautco.org or call the Lakewood office at 716-338- 0033.