Hospice of Westchester Celebrates Life with Sixth Annual Memorial Butterfly Release

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Hundreds of community members come together to celebrate life and remember loved ones lost

Children pose with Monarch butterflies that landed on them during HOW’s Sixth Annual Memorial Butterfly Release on May 15 in Rye, N.Y.

This event provides our families and members of the community a meaningful opportunity to remember and acknowledge their loved ones with a beautiful tribute.

Hospice of Westchester (HOW), an organization which has provided exceptional end-of-life care to residents of Westchester County for over 24 years, recently hosted its sixth annual Celebration of Life Memorial Butterfly Release. Hundreds of families, friends and community members joined HOW for two remembrance ceremonies, each concluding with the release of Monarch butterflies that honored the memories of loved ones who have passed away. The event took place at the Wainwright House in Rye, N.Y. on May 15, 2016.

The ceremonies featured welcome remarks from Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer of HOW. Hospice staff and representatives from the Comfort Crew Pediatric Palliative Care Program shared readings related to loss and bereavement, as well as information about the journey of the Monarch butterfly, which is often viewed as a symbol of loved ones who have passed away. David Devine, MHTP, as well as The Soundettes, performed musical interludes during the ceremonies.

Following each remembrance program, HOW bereavement coordinators read the names of those being remembered. Guests then gathered for the release of butterflies in memory of their loved ones.

Children and their families were invited to participate in crafts centered on the Monarch butterfly. Guests were also invited to walk the grounds of Wainwright House throughout the day.

“This event provides our families and members of the community a meaningful opportunity to remember and acknowledge their loved ones with a beautiful tribute,” said Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer, HOW. “Many of those in attendance were able to renew their connections with our staff and volunteers who served their loved ones or provided bereavement support. It is a truly special event that we look forward to every year.”

About Hospice of Westchester:
Hospice of Westchester (HOW) is a private, not-for-profit healthcare agency that provides skilled, compassionate and comprehensive end-of-life home care to patients diagnosed with any serious or life-limiting illness and gives support to their families and loved ones. Hospice of Westchester is located at 1025 Westchester Avenue, Suite 200, White Plains, NY. For additional information, visit http://www.hospiceofwestchester.com or call (914) 682-1484. For the latest news and updates, find HOW on Facebook.

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