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      Butterfly Moments fill up the park

      One of the released Monarch Butterflies from Sunday's event.

      Sometimes all it takes is the beauty of a butterfly flying away to help you in a time of grieving.

      Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care held an event to help those who lost someone close to them in honoring a life.

      The rain couldn't dampen the spirits of one group at Jaycee Park in Carthage.

      People waited and waited for the rain to stop ... just so they can release their butterflies and honor lost loved ones.

      "We all have to deal with end of life issues at some point. It's really nice to take a moment and sit back and reflect on the people we really cherish," Tarie Kendall with Blessing said. " This is the first ever "Butterfly Moments.""

      For some of the participants, each butterfly released honored a loved one.

      For Greg Ufkes, his butterflies honored his parents.

      He said the butterflies actually personified his parents with the way one of them flew away immediately while the other was hesitant to fly away.

      "My dad would have flew away like the first one did. He was always moving around he was in real estate. And my mom was more of a homebody so she hung on," Ufkes said.

      Penny Boley lost her father and sister to cancer.

      She said it was nice to see everyone supporting each other and honoring each other's lost loved ones.

      "Remembering our loved ones and releasing the butterfly with no pain and no worries ... that's what it means to me," Boley said.

      It is the first of four butterfly releases that will be held this year.

      Other locations include the cities Pittsfield, Carrollton, and Quincy.

      Nearly 100 people participated in this event.