On September 10, 2016 more than 400 butterflies were released and elegantly took to the skies in Lebanon, NH at VNH’s 7th Annual Wings of Hope event. Hundreds of friends and neighbors from all across our region came together to attend the butterfly release to celebrate life and remember loved ones lost. The butterflies were very friendly and remained in the area for quite some time, frequently landing on people. The sheer joy and feeling of connection between those in attendance was almost palpable, and it was a truly memorable, beautiful event to be a part of.
In addition to the butterfly release ceremony, the day also featured inspirational reflections from VNH employees and performances from the First Congregational Church of Lebanon Choir & Friends, vocalists Lily and Darcy Sylvestre and a Scottish Highland Bagpipe performance by Matt Phelps. Children gathered at the playground picnic table to get their faces painted and color pictures of butterflies, which were displayed on a clothesline in front of the gazebo. There was a memory board where people could post notes to their loved ones. “I love you and miss you so much, Pepere,” one note read. Next to the memory board, a TV screen displayed a rolling list of the names of those being honored and remembered through the purchase of butterflies.
Proceeds from the event are used to support VNH Hospice programs and services, which are provided to all, regardless of ability to pay, in more than 160 communities in Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Wings of Hope Memorial Butterfly Release truly represents new life and hope. We look forward to seeing you at the 8th Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release next year.
“It’s the end of the world,” said the caterpillar.
And what did the butterfly say?
“It’s only just the beginning.”