May 13, 2007
Hospice of Rapidan has been working in Orange and Madison counties for the past 23 years, providing end-of-life care for people who are terminally ill.
They held their annual butterfly release on Sunday.
"This event was designed to be a life-affirming expression of hope, because that is what hospice truly is all about," said Craig Wilt.
Kathy Clements said, "Being able to do this work and help those families, it can really be inspirational to us all to be doing this."
The names of those they lost were read. Butterflies, who have grown so much this year, were released back into the wild, helping those families release some of the pain that's grown in them as well.
"Butterflies have always had that symbolism of, you know, the emergence from the cocoon into the butterfly and taking flight. I think that often times we kind of go through that transformation ourselves," said Wilt.
Kevin Wood is a Charlottesville resident who spent this mother's day there with his own family. He says the butterflies weren't the only things released today.
"I guess it releases in me some of the thoughts that I have of my grandmother who passed last year," Wood said. "It's just sort of nice to spend a little time thinking about her because we spent a lot of time with her over the last year and it's nice to be with the grandmother who is still living."
"The loved ones who we honored today and memorialized today they brought life and color to people to their lives, just as a butterfly brings to us as we happen to see them in this beautiful garden," said Wilt.
Victims and families of the Virginia Tech tragedy were also honored with butterflies at today's service.