Butterflies released to help community with grieving process

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- People dealing with the loss of a loved one were able to reflect on their personal grief during a special ceremony by AseraCare Hospice at the DoubleTree Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

The special ceremony included prayers, songs, and a butterfly release.

Wilfrid Wilkinson attended the ceremony with his daughter to reflect on the loss of his wife.

Wilkinson described his wife as a wonderful and beautiful woman he used to travel around the world with when they got married 58 years ago.

He said those are some of the precious moments he had with her before she passed away last July.

"The 58 years," Wilkinson said. "The five children and we traveled the world in the Navy."

During the ceremony, Wilkinson placed his wife's wedding picture on the table along with other framed photos of people who passed away.

Malina Rivers, director of hospice at AseraCare, said the ceremony is meant to make every moment count for those going through the grieving process.

"AseraCare's tagline is making moments matter and this is part of the moments we want to make matter," Rivers said.

She also said the butterfly release is not a symbol of freedom but a transition for those dealing with loss.

"It's kind of a world known symbol of transition," she said. "Not necessarily of freedom or loss, but of transition."

This moment is something Wilkinson hopes to cherish with his family by his side.

"My children. A couple of them are nearby," Wilkinson said. "Some of my grandchildren. They stick with me and help me through the tough times and help me to remember the good times."

The ceremony is one of many happening across the country in 50 AseraCare Hospice agencies.




 
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