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Sunday, July 12, 2015
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Butterflies take nectar from surrounding plants at
the 2014 Niagara Hospice Butterfly Release.
(CONTRIBUTED FILE PHOTO)
TOWN OF LOCKPORT — Niagara Hospice will hold its 12th Annual Butterfly Release from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday in the Memorial Gardens located at 4675 Sunset Dr.

In many cultures, butterflies are recognized as a universal symbol of hope, making them the perfect way to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones. The event is open to the community, and organizers invite families and individuals to release butterflies in memory or in honor of someone special to them, regardless of whether or not they ever received hospice care.

In addition to the release, there will be activities for the whole family including a bounce house, kids’ games, balloon art, refreshments, and live music.

“This will not be a sad, memorial-type service, but rather a day of rejoicing the life your loved one lived,” says Patricia Degan, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Niagara Hospice. “Families are welcome, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to show younger children that, along with the grief of death, there is also a time of hope and renewal.”

The event attracts and welcomes families from all over Niagara County. According to Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Raff, over 350 butterflies are released into the gardens each year. “The butterfly release is definitely one of our most-loved annual events,” says Raff. “It provides an opportunity for families and individuals to celebrate the people closest to them, and it brings the community together in a very special way.”

Niagara Hospice has provided end-of-life comfort, care and support since 1988 to over 25,000 Niagara County individuals and families faced with terminal illness. No one is ever denied hospice care due to inability to pay. For more information, visit NiagaraHospice.org or call 439-4417.



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