Wings of Hope


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 140 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 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.