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Monday, October 1, 2018

13th Annual Butterfly Release honors memory of loved ones

The Monarch butterfly served as a powerful and emotional symbol on Sunday afternoon for the hundreds of family members gathered for Hospice &  Palliative Care of Iredell County’s 13th Annual Butterfly Release.

“Monarch butterflies have long been symbolic of change and new beginnings — today you are here in celebration of life and in memory of loved ones,” HPCIC President and CEO Terri Phillips said. 

Nearly 400 butterflies were released during the ceremony, which included a chance for families to reflect on the memory of their loved ones.

“While your heart might ache with sadness, hospice is about hope and healing the spirit,” Phillips said.”To get through the hardest journey, we need only take one step at a time. Peace to you as you walk this journey — you are not alone.”

Bereavement coordinator Randy Berryhill read a poem before inviting attendees to release their butterflies: 

“As you release this butterfly in honor of me / Know that I am with you and always will be / Hold a hand, say a prayer / Close your eyes / see me there. Though you may feel a bit torn apart / Please know that I am forever in your heart / Now fly away butterfly, as high as you can go / but know I’m right here with you, my love, in more ways than you can know.”

Sunday’s ceremony also marked the 13th anniversary of the Gordon Hospice House, Iredell County’s only in-patient hospice unit.