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Honor Loved Ones, Support Hospice Families at Lake Regional Butterfly Release

Friday, July 1, 2022

If you are grieving a loved one — whether the loss was recent or years ago — Lake Regional Hospice invites you to honor their memory at the Lake Regional Memorial Butterfly Release at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Osage Beach City Park.

“When people lose someone, they often wish for more opportunities to talk about that person and to share how much they meant — and continue to mean — to them,” said Lake Regional Chaplain Rick Herald. “This Memorial Butterfly Release is a chance for people to have those conversations with others walking a similar path.”

This free event is open to all, regardless of whether their loved one used hospice. It will include opening music, poetry, reflections, a remembrance using loved ones’ names, a benediction and a beautiful butterfly release. Light refreshments will be provided. Feel free to bring a picture or memento of your loved one.

“This is a time to gather with others who empathize with what you have been through and to reconnect with Lake Regional Hospice nurses and staff if you used this service,” said Mariah Swinker, director of Lake Regional Post-Acute Care. “Come alone or with family and friends. Children are welcome.”

Those who would like to support Lake Regional Hospice may submit donations at Those who give $25 or more may submit a loved one’s name for the event program. Please submit donations by Thursday, Aug. 18, to be included on the program, and please use the comment box at the bottom of the form to provide your loved one’s name.

Hospice provides what the majority of Americans say they want at the end of life — the chance to spend their time at home, with support for them and their family members. Read the story of a local hospice family to learn the difference this care makes here.