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Butterflies, Spirits Soar In Rye At Hospice Ceremony

Butterflies delighted children by landing on their fingers at the Fifth Annual HPCW Memorial Butterfly Release in Rye recently.
Butterflies delighted children by landing on their fingers at the Fifth Annual HPCW Memorial Butterfly Release in Rye recently. Photo Credit: Provided

RYE, N.Y. -- Butterflies were free to fly in a poignant celebration of hope and remembrance hosted recently by Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester.

Hundreds came to the May 31 event at the Wainwright House in Rye to release orange and black monarch butterflies in the memory of lost loved ones -- and in honor of those with life-threatening illnesses, said Mary K. Spengler, executive director of the private, not-for-profit agency.

Janette and David Devine provided the musical background to the ceremonies as children took part in crafts and others walked Wainwright House’s labyrinth. The names of those being remembered were read aloud after each release of butterflies.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Westchester is at 311 North St., Suite 204, White Plains, N.Y.

For more information, visit www.hospiceofwestchester.com , or call (914)-682-1484.

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