Published on August 13, 2020

300 Butterflies Released Honor Loved Ones, Raise Funds

Photo of a painted lady butterfly sitting a a persons finger.In honor and memory of those that have lost a loved one, 300 butterflies were recently released at parks in Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Midland, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch, as part of the annual Butterflies in the Park event. Hosted by MidMichigan Home Care, under the auspices of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, the event included a live butterfly release and special commemoration presentation.

“The butterfly, especially a painted lady, is a carefully chosen symbol we use year after year to signify the transformation we experience during our time of loss. That is what makes the Butterflies in the Park event so special,” said Cindy Lutz, volunteer supervisor, MidMichigan Home Care. “The butterfly itself undergoes a major change in its lifetime, from a caterpillar to a butterfly. This transformation is a symbol of change in our own lives. In fact, to many, the butterfly also represents an array of emotions. From love, grace, playfulness, celebration, growth, change, peace and hope throughout the world, to pause and release the butterfly is an acknowledgement of these emotions we go through while honoring those we love.”

Lutz continued, “The painted lady butterfly is one of the largest species of butterflies and stands out amongst their surroundings, allowing participants to see and enjoy the beautiful sight of being sent into the air. They are slow, graceful fliers, enabling participants to watch their movements and be mesmerized by the beauty of their presence at the event.”

More than $8,000 was raised from the event to benefit patients in need of home care and hospice services, medication and medical supplies. Those who would like more information on these services may call toll-free at (800) 862-5002 or visit www.midmichigan.org/hospice.