RYE, N.Y. -- The Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester had its fifth annual Celebration of Life Memorial Butterfly Release May 31 at the Wainwright House in Rye.
Hundreds of families, friends and community members joined the agency for two remembrance ceremonies, each concluding with the release of Monarch butterflies that honored the memories of loved ones, according to a press release.
Staff and volunteers offered readings relating to loss and bereavement. Before the program began, children and their families were invited to participate in crafts relating to the Monarch butterfly, as well as enjoy the beautiful weather by walking the labyrinth on the grounds of Wainwright House, according to a press release.
Following each remembrance program, bereavement coordinators read the names of those being remembered. Guests then gathered for the release of butterflies in memory of their loved ones.
“This annual event was designed to help members of the community remember the lives of their loved ones,” Executive Director Mary Spengler said in a press release. “We are proud that we have been able to offer this celebration to families around Westchester County for five years and are already looking forward to next year’s event.”