More than 325 butterflies were released to remember loved ones as part of a program filled with music and uplifting reflections during the annual Celebrating Life’s Stories® Butterfly Release held on May 21 on the campus of Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare.
This year’s release raised more than $11,000 to directly support patient care and services at the not-for-profit organization.
More than 300 community members gathered on a beautiful day around the picturesque pond to celebrate and remember those family and friends they hold in their hearts. After the program, some attendees chose to take butterflies to release in their gardens at home, a cemetery or another location with special meaning. For those not able to attend, butterflies were released on their behalf. Butterflies also were released by patients and family in the Stanley C. and Flo K. Gault Inpatient Pavilion.
“We’re truly grateful to those that supported and attended our annual Butterfly Release,” said Katherine Ritchie, development director at Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare. “This event provides peaceful moments to remember loved ones as a community, and we are honored to provide this opportunity to celebrate.”
Special thanks to Wooster Color Point for their continued support as the presenting sponsor for this event and to the Romich Foundation for their in-kind support.
Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, a not-for-profit organization established in 1982, is an affiliate of Ohio’s Hospice that serves communities in northeast Ohio. It embodies the spirit of neighbors caring for neighbors with a commitment to relieve suffering, ease fears, and provide companionship along life’s last journey. Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare addresses patient and family needs wherever the patient calls home. Services also include access to the Stanley C. and Flo K. Gault Inpatient Pavilion, providing short-term patient care to manage acute symptoms, adjust medications, or stabilize patient condition. The Marilyn B. and Mark E. Gustafson Center for Supportive Care includes Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare’s Volunteer Services, the Pathways of HopeSM Grief Counseling Center, and transportation service and support.