The threat of a downpour did not deter participants who attended the Community Nurses, Inc.'s annual Butterfly Release for Hospice, held Sunday afternoon at Pinecrest Manor.
Now in its fourth year, the release is a poignant and special way to honor and remember loved ones who "have left the meadow we live in."
Opening music was played by Betty Schogren, Rene Smith and Pastor Craig Duffield. Rebecca Nelson, CEO of Community Nurses, Inc., welcomed everyone, and the Rev. David Pflieger, Hospice Chaplain in McKean County, gave the blessing. Karen Leithner, RN, Hospice manager, read a story called "The Transformation," about a caterpillar who became a butterfly, symbolizing the loved ones whose presence is no longer on earth but is still in our hearts and memories.
The names of those whom butterflies had been purchased in memory of were then read by Ann Bauer, volunteer coordinator and public relations coordinator for Community Nurses, Inc.; Brenda Porter, RN, Chief Operating Officer for Community Nurses, Inc.; and Charlene Snelick, Certified Dietary Manager for Community Nurses, Inc. The reading of the names was accompanied by Dr. Paul Fehrenbach on classical guitar.
As attendees filed out into the atrium at Pinecrest, they were given small envelopes containing their butterflies. Pat Martin, RN, Hospice volunteer, Snelick and a young helper then released a number of butterflies from a large mesh container while others let their individual butterflies go and Fehrenbach played "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes.
Proceeds from the event benefitted the Hospice Program.