Hospice of Chautauqua County will hold a Service of Remembrance and Memorial Butterfly Release on Sunday, June 3, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 W. Fairmount Ave. in Lakewood.
The event will begin with a memorial service at 1 p.m., followed by a butterfly release ceremony and reception at Hospice Memorial Garden across the street. Those who attend will release butterflies that have been reserved with the intention to never forget those they have personally lost.
The afternoon of healing is free to participants with the purpose to provide a renewing, nurturing experience for people grieving the loss of a loved one. Hospice requests that those wishing to participate register prior to the event at www.hospicechautco.org or by calling 338-0033. Everyone should plan to arrive 15 minutes early for check-in.
Although the event is free, donations will be welcomed both online and at the memorial. Donations help support on-site counseling and support services to the therapeutic community outreach activities and events. Furthermore, they provide for an array of programs that help people when they need it the most. Hospice of Chautauqua County enables the opportunity for anyone to access services no matter what their financial situation or life circumstances.
Hospice of Chautauqua County is a nonprofit agency that was established more than 30 years ago to fill the need for compassionate hospice care in Chautauqua County. Since its inception, it has grown in services, staffs and clients, currently providing a full spectrum of programs to terminally ill clients and their families including bereavement support. Hospice hosts fundraising events such as the Service of Remembrance and Memorial Butterfly Release to continue fulfilling its mission of maintaining comfort, dignity and highest quality of life for those it serves.