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Hospice Of Westchester Releases Butterflies In Rye

Children pose with Monarch butterflies that landed on them during HOW’s Sixth Annual Memorial Butterfly Release on May 15 Photo Credit: Submitted/Kayleigh Lentz
Tom and Peggy LoCastro, board member, HOW (Harrison); Mary K. Spengler, MS, chief executive officer, HOW (White Plains); Mark Fialk, MD, medical director, HOW (Scarsdale) Photo Credit: Submitted

RYE, N.Y. -- Butterflies were released during remembrance ceremonies at the Wainwright House in Rye on Sunday, May 15.

Hospice of Westchester (HOW) hosted its sixth annual Memorial Butterfly Release. Two remembrance ceremonies were held, each concluding with the release of Monarch butterflies, which are often viewed as symbols of loved ones who have passed away.

Hundreds of families, friends and community members participated.

Prior to the remembrance ceremonies, children and their families were invited to participate in crafts centered on the Monarch butterfly. 

The ceremonies featured welcome remarks from Mary K. Spengler of White Plains, chief executive officer of HOW. Hospice staff and representatives from the Comfort Crew Pediatric Palliative Care Program shared readings related to loss and bereavement, as well as information about the journey of the Monarch butterfly. 

David Devine, MHTP, as well as The Soundettes, performed musical interludes during the ceremonies. 

Following each remembrance program, HOW bereavement coordinators read the names of those being remembered. 

Guests then gathered for the release of butterflies in memory of their loved ones. Guests were also invited to walk the grounds of Wainwright House throughout the day. 

“This event provides our families and members of the community a meaningful opportunity to remember and acknowledge their loved ones with a beautiful tribute,” said Spengler. “Many of those in attendance were able to renew their connections with our staff and volunteers who served their loved ones or provided bereavement support. It is a truly special event that we look forward to every year.”

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