CHPC Memorial Service and Butterfly Release Set for June 3

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Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPC) proudly presents its annual Service of Remembrance and Memorial Butterfly Release on Saturday, June 3rd. This heartfelt event offers a profound opportunity for individuals to honor and commemorate their loved ones, both virtually and in-person at our Lakewood offices.

In many cultures, butterflies symbolize the remarkable transformation between worlds,” explains Jamie Probst, Director of Bereavement Services at CHPC. “As butterflies emerge from their chrysalis, they signify both an end and a beginning—a profound representation of the journey of grief. It is through this journey that we discover new ways to cherish and preserve the bonds we shared.”

Year after year, CHPC extends an open invitation to community members to join us for the Service of Remembrance and Memorial Butterfly Release. This extraordinary occasion allows guests to acquire a butterfly as a symbolic gesture of remembrance and honor for their cherished ones.

“We, at CHPC, consider it a privilege to assist caregivers during such a sensitive time,” affirms Mike Testa, CEO of CHPC. “Through the Butterfly Release and Remembrance, we continue to provide unwavering support while fostering deeper connections with the community we serve.”

Butterflies can be picked up on Saturday, June 3rd, between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at two convenient locations: the CHPC Lakewood Office, situated at 20 W Fairmount Ave, Lakewood, NY, or the CHPC Fredonia Office, located at 3780 Eagle St, Fredonia, NY. For those residing outside the area, the option to purchase a butterfly in memory of a loved one remains available. Our compassionate staff will release the butterfly on your behalf during the online service.

The deadline to purchase butterflies and submit loved ones’ names is Tuesday, May 30. A single butterfly can represent the memory of multiple individuals. The butterfly web page will feature a list of those being memorialized, and a downloadable program will be accessible for all. To purchase a butterfly, kindly visit

This special occasion will be a hybrid event, blending a small gathering at our Lakewood office (20 W Fairmount Ave) with a live stream on Saturday, June 3rd, at 1 p.m. Additional information can be found at