"Butterfly to Remember" Memorial Held at Oak Hill Cemetary

AseraCare Hospice hosted the 5th annual "Butterfly to Remember" memorial at Oak Hill Cemetery. The memorial honors those who have recently passed. 

Volunteer Coordinator Latoya Hardiman says, "The transition from this life to the next, the butterfly has done that. It started as a caterpillar and turned into a beautiful butterfly."

Death to a caterpillar gives life to a butterfly. 

A symbol reminding people transitioning into another life, or passing on, isn't always a bad thing. 

Jessica Thomas says, "There's a beginning and an end and we just kind of flow together until that's not there anymore. This has kind of helped me fill that void I've had."

The memorial allows everyone to release a live butterfly in honor of loved ones who passed away. 

Butterflies, heaven sent kisses from loved one's angels. 

"It's beautiful from the harp playing to the releasing of the butterflies," Thomas says. "It's beautiful."

As the butterflies spread their wings, so do the messages whispered to them.

"That is kind of releasing your grief and pain every message you didn't get to your loved one you whisper to the butterfly and it takes it up to heaven," Hardiman says. 

Many see butterflies as a symbol from the soul who passed, giving those grieving hope. 

Guest speaker Susan Caufield says, "There's another life beyond this life and I know my father has flown away and he's in heaven so it's very peaceful."

This is the second year the event was open to the public. More than 100 people came as many say it was uniting to see other people who have gone through similar experiences.  

(This story was originally published June 8, 2017)


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