Wings of Hope

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the 
8th Annual

Wings of Hope Butterfly Release on Saturday, September 9!


In addition to a moving butterfly release ceremony with over 400 Monarch butterflies being released, there will also be:

  • Scottish Highland Bagpiper Matt Phelps
  • Kurn Hattin Select Choir
  • Solo Performance by Kattie Russ
  • Inspirational Reflections by VNH Employees
  • Free Refreshments
  • T-Shirt Sales
  • Face Painting and Coloring Station


“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


The Wings of Hope Butterfly Release provides a unique and special occasion for families, friends, our staff, and the community to come together to honor lost loved ones. Following a short program of readings and beautiful music, everyone releases their butterflies. Some fly away immediately, while others land on shoulders and fingertips wanting to stay a while. There is something captivating and magical about watching the delicate winged creatures as they launch and softly dance away into the sky.


It is a powerful experience, whether as part of your grieving process or for a time to share happy memories with others who endure similar feelings of loss. There are smiles and laughter, tears of sadness and of joy, and mostly a feeling of peace and uplift. For some, this is when the healing begins.


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 Wings of Hope will support VNH Hospice care across the region.


We look forward to welcoming you to experience this special event with your friends, family, and neighbors. Amidst your feelings of loss, reserve your butterflies now and plan to let happiness “alight upon you” in September.


To print the butterfly donation form, please click here



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