Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care will hold its annual Remembrance Service and Butterfly Release on Sunday, June 7th to commemorate loved ones who have passed away.
The service will be held at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood, NY at 2pm. A Hospice Chaplain will officiate and the program will include music and poetry.
Following the service, a Butterfly Release will take place in the Hospice Memorial Garden across the street from the church. A reception will follow. Anyone wishing to honor a loved one by releasing a butterfly should go to www.hospicechautco.org and reserve a butterfly in remembrance for a suggested $10 donation.
“All community members who have lost family or friends are invited to participate in the Remembrance Service and Butterfly Release whether or not their loved one was a Hospice patient,” said Ron Sellers, President & CEO of Hospice. “We’re here to support community members and this is a special service we hope our neighbors and friends will appreciate.”
While all Hospice patients who have passed will be recognized in the service, requests to specifically include a non-hospice patient or exclude a loved one from the event program should be directed to Jamie Probst at 716-338-0035, ext 212, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A photo or poem can be included in our service by sending a non-returnable copy to the office or by email. Requests and butterfly reservations must be made by June 1st.
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.
Specialized bereavement counseling is always available through Hospice to assist with grief and loss for 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 your loved one died, and no past affiliation with Hospice is required.
“Hospice is committed to helping our community cope with loss,” said Jamie Probst, Bereavement Counselor. “And all of our grief support services are provided without charge.”
Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care provides end-of-life care and education to the residents of Chautauqua County. It also provides community-based palliative care to patients who may be undergoing curative treatment. For more information, visit www.hospicechautco.org or call 338-0033.