Memorial Butterfly Release

2022 Memorial Butterfly Release

Despite the rainy day, the 2022 Memorial Butterfly Release was a huge success thanks to the flexibility of our amazing supporters.
While many chose to pick up their butterflies and release at home, others stayed for the indoor ceremony. Just as the ceremony ended, the skies cleared and participants were able to release their butterflies outdoors.
Organized by Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care and St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation, the Memorial Butterfly Release provides a safe place for people to come together and honour and remember loved ones in a meaningful way.
“The butterfly release is an important event for our community as it allows families to recognize their lost loved ones in a meaningful, yet simple way," MVHPC Executive Director Lisa Hubers said. "The proceeds of this event fund our grief and bereavement program which includes, one to one support for individuals for a year following a death, facilitated grief groups two times per year, specialized grief events, and grief education.”
Thank you to everyone who made this day possible, including those who reserved butterflies and donated to the cause, as well as our incredible sponsors including our event sponsor, Zohr Family Funeral Home, our Chrysalis sponsors Church Street Flowers and Greg Kelly Insurance, and our Caterpillar level sponsors including Madawaska Valley Lions Club, Heubner Funeral Home, Campbell Monuments and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 406.
Thank you also goes out to the Opeongo Seniors Centre and volunteers who opened their doors to us so that we could host our indoor ceremony.
Watch the video below for highlights from the Memorial Butterfly Release.