This year, people will have the option to do a butterfly release in person or privately.
Madawaska Valley Hospice Palliative Care is once again offering the butterfly release fundraiser. Volunteer and retired grief councillor Dawn Cruchet says people enjoyed the virtual release so much that they now have the option of picking them up and doing a private ceremony however they wish. An event will be able to be held in person as well.
Cruchet believes that releasing a butterfly to heal from grief is important, and thinks that the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly is similar to the transformation of grief. She says the pandemic has caused the loss of connections, support, normalcy, and family rituals. By offering the release, people are given a concrete way to honour some of these losses.
Butterflies must be reserved by July 11th so they have time to grow. They cost $35 for one or $100 for three. You can register online at the St. Francis Valley Healthcare Foundation website, or call 613-756-2045 ext. 217