The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Foundation and local funeral homes are organizing an open-air event to celebrate the life and memory of loved ones.
On Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM, the Foundation Board and staff along with sponsors and invited guests will release Monarch butterflies at two locations, the Wellington Park or the garden behind Whattam Funeral Home. Guests will have the opportunity to release a butterfly in honour and memory of a loved one who has passed away and was remembered through a memorial gift to the PECMH Foundation last year.
This beautiful remembrance of loved ones lost has been sponsored by Ainsworth Funeral Home, and by Whattam Funeral Home and Hicks Funeral Home.
The Monarchs will be delivered to each location in a tailored package, keeping the butterfly in a comfortable, hibernated state until the time of release. Once the package is opened, the natural heat and light will awaken these sleeping beauties and inspire them to take flight.
“Both the Wellington Park and garden behind Whattam Funeral Home are tranquil settings that will be a beautiful first home for the butterflies before they begin their long migration south for the winter,” said Monica Alyea, chairperson of the Foundation. “Butterflies are an acknowledgement of a life lived. Their release signifies freedom and encourages those left behind to take another step in the healing process. We are honoured to take this next stride with our guests as we think of those remembered through a gift to the Hospital Foundation.”
This idea stemmed from a conversation between Foundation Communications and Donations Co-ordinator, Briar Boyce and long-time donor and friend to the Foundation, Marion Smith. Briar asked Marion what the most memorable event she ever attended was and the answer came quickly and simply – a butterfly release. It is our hope this will be a memorable event for all those who attend as there is no doubt the butterfly has significant meaning to so many.
“Ainsworth Funeral Home is very pleased to partner with the PECMHF in this unique remembrance memorial. Not only is it a great way to recognize and support our County Hospital, but, it is an opportunity to honour the memory of those who have passed in a special and meaningful way. My family and I are looking forward to releasing the Monarch butterflies in the park with the families we have been privileged to serve,” said Tod Lavender, owner and funeral director.
“Gayle and I have been excited about the butterfly release since speaking with Penny over a year ago. Much credit to Briar, Penny and the directors on the PECMHF board for the hard work finalizing the logistics of this event. Not only is this an opportunity to remember loved ones but also an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of the many memorial donations made to the Foundation in their memory,” said Bob Osborne, owner of the Whattam and Hicks Funeral Homes.
If you are interested in joining us to release a butterfly in memory of a loved one, contact Briar with your preferred release site at 613-476-1008 ext. 4425 or firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, September 8. Butterflies can be purchased at a cost-recovery price of $15 each. This is a rain or shine event.