Butterfly Release Celebration

June 14, 2019


Memorial Service (2pm | Hospital Chapel) and Butterfly Release (3pm | Courtyard)

Each summer, Menno Place holds a special memorial event – the Butterfly Release Celebration. On Friday afternoon, we expect 300 people to gather in the Courtyard to participate in this cherished annual tradition. Moments of both joy and sorrow were shared as hundreds of new butterflies will take to flight to find their new home among the vibrant flowers.

This special afternoon of celebration and remembrance will begin with the Annual Memorial Service in the Hospital Chapel at 2pm. Over 150 family, friends, residents and staff are expected to come to honour those who have passed away in the previous year at Menno Place. Led by the Pastoral Care Team, the Memorial is a time to share memories and support one another as a community.

The butterflies that are released after the memorial (3pm in the Courtyard) can have a lot of meaning for those who have experienced a loss. The metamorphosis of a butterfly is a powerful symbol in so many ways for us when we are grieving. We find hope in the transformation of these butterflies, a hope that even through transition and loss, beauty and new life can be found.

Butterflies must be purchased in advance – $20 per butterfly – click here to purchase online or learn more about the event