2017-03-16 / Top News

Remember lost loved ones at Avow butterfly ceremony

The tent is opened and hundreds of butterflies flit away at the 2016 release. The tent is opened and hundreds of butterflies flit away at the 2016 release. Avow invites everyone to its annual butterfly release and community memorial service Saturday, March 25, at Cambier Park. Children’s activities begin and a walk-through tent with hundreds of live butterflies opens at 10 a.m.

The memorial service starts at noon and will include inspirational readings, music and a name-reading ceremony to honor the lives of loved ones. At the conclusion of the service, the exhibit tent will open, allowing more than 500 butterflies to float into the sky.

Jaysen Roa, Avow president and CEO, says the butterfly was chosen as the symbolic representation for this event because it undergoes a major transformative process as part of its normal life cycle. “The butterfly is a reminder of how beautiful, delicate and fragile life can be, so that we should remember to appreciate and be grateful for each moment,” he says.

COURTESY PHOTOS COURTESY PHOTOS Many view the butterfly as a symbol of joy, happiness, rebirth, and renewal. The butterfly evokes an image that is mild and gentle, one that can touch the heart and provide strength during difficult times.

The Avow butterfly release is generously endowed by the Gorlach family. Admission is free. Early arrival is recommended to allow for parking, check-in, and time to experience the butterfly exhibit prior to the start of the ceremony.

Those who wish to have a loved one’s name read during the remembrance ceremony can do so by donating $40 per name (through March 24) to support Avow’s hospice and community programs. A limited number of name registrations will be available on the day of the event for $50 per name, prior to the start of the ceremony.

To register a name for the remembrance ceremony or for more information about the event, call Avow at 649-3683 or visit www.avowcares.org/butterflyrelease. ¦

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