Hospice Holds Memorial Service, Butterfly Release

Hospice Chautauqua County held its Memorial Service and Butterfly Release recently. People who sponsored butterflies in memory and honor of loved ones were invited to release a butterfly in the Hospice Abbe Mattison Memorial Garden after a memorial service, which was held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Honeyspine played music in the background as the butterflies were released. Cathy Pugh, wife of recently deceased Mike Pugh, released the first butterfly in honor of her husband. As Cathy’s butterfly was released, she said, “I’m letting my husband go.”

The indoor program began with a remembrance of loved ones, a moment of silence and personal stories related by Ron Sellers, president and CEO of Hospice Chautauqua County. The event continued with a dedication and the display of loved ones’ names for which butterflies were sponsored, and music and inspirational readings. Lastly, attendees gathered outdoors at the garden, and the butterflies were released.

Through hospice, a team of nurses, physicians, home health aides, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pastoral care and bereavement counselors work together with volunteers to provide a special kind of care for the terminally ill and supportive services for their loved ones. Complementary therapies, including music, massage pet therapy and Reiki are also available.

If you or anyone you know is in need of Hospice services, or would like more information, visit www.hospicechautco.org or call 338-0033.