Wings of Hope


On September 8, more than 400 Monarch butterflies took flight in Lebanon, NH in honor of lost loved ones. Hundreds of families, friends, VNH staff, and members of the community came together to celebrate life at VNH’s 9th Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release. Many thanks to all the sponsors, community supporters, volunteers and participants who helped make the event a success! It was a truly beautiful event and we couldn’t have done it without you.

In addition to the butterfly release, the day featured inspirational reflections from VNH President & CEO Johanna Beliveau, VNH Hospice Spiritual Care Counselors Heidi Smith and Gary Shapiro, and Medical Director for Jack Byrne Center for Palliative & Hospice Care Ruth Thomson, and performances from the Kurn Hattin Select Choir and Scottish Highland bagpiper Lezlie Webster. The “Before I Die” wall stood prominently as a symbol of hope and celebration, filled with dreams of many in attendance.

VNH is honored to serve so many during some of the most difficult days at the end of life. Our programs and services are provided to all residents, regardless of ability to pay, in more than 160 Vermont and New Hampshire communities. Proceeds from the event support VNH Hospice care across the region.

We look forward to welcoming you to experience this special event with your friends, family, and neighbors next year!


“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

                Nathaniel Hawthorne


To learn more about what Wings of Hope is, watch the video below.