Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of greater Denver-an AccentCare company recently held a Butterfly Memorial at the Olinger Crown Hill-Pavilion of Reflection in Westminster where the lives of loved ones were remembered, honored and celebrated.
Nearly 100 people attended and 35 names of those that have died under our service were read, followed by a bell that was rung after each name to honor their passing. When all the names were read, the butterflies were released.
Butterflies are often used as symbols of peace, hope, life, spirit, and transformation. The memorial ceremony also included meditation and reflection from Seasons chaplains, including live music from a Seasons music therapist and a poetry reading.
Will Reller, a chaplain based in Westminster and one of the Seasons chaplains that provided reflection during the ceremony shared as part of his homily, “I am connected to each of you; I am connected to the butterflies that we will release; I am connected to my friends and loved ones who have died; I love them and they love me, love is eternal and never dies.”
Debbie Hastings, who was in attendance to honor her father who passed away while under the care of Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care shared, “This is a special and moving ceremony for all of us here, whether we have lost a family member, had the honor of serving a patient under our care, or for anyone who has suffered a loss. This ceremony gave me the space and time to release, relax and reflect.” Debbie is also a hospice aide for Seasons.
This was the 4th annual Butterfly Release Memorial that Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care has arranged for families from the greater Denver community. While yes this is a memorial service for those we have lost, it is also an event that allows the grieving to express their gratitude to the hospice team that cared for their loved one.
The Monarch butterflies released are native to Colorado, and the Olinger Crown Hill-Pavilion of Reflection has grounds that are ready to accommodate the butterflies.