HSHS Hospice Illinois invites community members to join them for a butterfly release ceremony at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese on Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Healing Garden of the hospital.

Shawna O’Dell, director of post-acute care, shared, “The butterfly represents the transformation of the spirit as our loved ones transition from this life. We look forward to sharing in this special time with the families in our communities.”

Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one who has passed.  The ceremony will include a butterfly release and the reading of the names of those being honored.  

If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please RSVP to Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement coordinator, at 217-685-0702.  

Butterflies will be released for all of those honored, but you are invited to personally release a butterfly for your loved one by reserving a butterfly for $15 to be paid prior to the ceremony. 

Media Contact

Ashley Gramann


HSHS Illinois
Office: 618-651-2588 or x12588
Ashley.Gramann@hshs.org

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