Butterfly release for hospice coming up

ST. MARYS – A poignant ceremony that offers area residents the opportunity to honor someone special will again be held by Community Nurses, Inc. The Community Nurses Butterfly Release for Hospice will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at The Serenity Garden, behind the organization's building on the campus of Elk Regional Health Center in St. Marys. The general public is invited to the release, which allows area residents to honor their loved ones and benefits the Community Nurses' Hospice program. Community Nurses Marketing/Public Relations Coordinator Ann Bauer said that the release is always "a touching ceremony" and that it gives families an inspirational way to celebrate someone's life, whether that person is alive or alive only in memories. "An important part of hospice is providing bereavement support for families for a year following a death," Bauer said. "The butterfly release helps us remember those who have passed, celebrate those who are living, and accept the changes and transitions that are occurring in our own lives.”Bauer said many participants purchase a butterfly in honor of or in memory of a loved one, and that anyone who would like to sponsor a butterfly should pre-order them by July 31. Order forms for butterflies are available at St. Marys Pharmacy, DD’s Bakery, the lobbies of Elk Regional Health Center and Pinecrest Manor, and the Community Nurses office in St. Marys; BiLo in Ridgway and Johnsonburg; Emporium Pharmacy; Bennetts Valley Pharmacy; and Judi’s Place in Kane; or online at www.communitynurses.org under "Special Events." Those interested are asked to submit their order forms as soon as possible. A limited number of butterflies will be available for purchase for an additional cost on the day of the event, which will feature music, inspirational readings, the reading of names, light refreshments, and the butterfly release. Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, July 24, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.