CHPC Memorial Service and Butterfly Release set for Saturday, June 3
Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will host its annual service of remembrance and memorial butterfly release on Saturday, June 3.
The event offers an opportunity for individuals to honor and commemorate their loved ones, both virtually and in-person, at Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care’s Lakewood offices.
“In many cultures, butterflies symbolize the remarkable transformation between worlds,” explains Jamie Probst, Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care director of bereavement services. “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.”
Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care extends an open invitation to community members to join in the service of remembrance and memorial butterfly release. The 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,” said Mike Testa, CEO of Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. “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 3, between 10 a.m. and noon at the Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care office, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, or the Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Fredonia Office, 3780 Eagle St., Fredonia. For those living outside the area, the option to purchase a butterfly in memory of a loved one remains available. Staff will release the butterfly on their behalf during the online service.
The deadline to purchase butterflies and submit loved ones’ names is Tuesday. 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 https://chpc.care/butterfly.
In addition to the small gathering at the located at Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care Lakewood office there will be a live stream June 3 at 1 p.m. Additional information can be found at chpc.care/butterfly.