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      Butterfly Moments help with healing process

      When someone deals with the loss of a loved one, it can often be a difficult process.

      Butterfly Moments has been an event held around the Tri-States, and it helps with the healing process.

      "I don't think enough people know what they can do for you as a family. Not only the service that they can provide for the patient, but for the family members. It's such a comfort. You hear people talk about what they did for us as a family, how they helped to prepare us for what was coming. I think we miss the boat so many times in healthcare to help people prepare for the event of dying," Illini Hospital C.E.O. Kathy Hull said.

      For some, they're remembering a parent.

      "We just wanted to set off a butterfly for my dad, he passed away this year. He loved to make people laugh and was just a good guy. It's just a good way to support the organization too," Jill Wiley said.

      For others, they're remembering someone they could never forget.

      "I released it in honor of my grandpa, because he passed away this year. I was really close, he was like a best friend for me. It's sad that we lost one, but it's nice to know that he's in a better place and everything," William Guthrie said.

      Some butterflies flew off immediately, others stayed around.

      "The symbolism of the life of that butterfly and seeing them in the envelope and they were really still and very silent in there, and then you open the envelope and they just flew out on their own. It was really cool to see some of them kind of hanging around on somebody's hand or sitting on someone's shoulder. I think that's pretty symbolic also of the loved ones that they've lost, so it was a really, really fun event," Hull said.

      The next Butterfly Moments will be held in Carrollton, Illinois on July 28th, and in Quincy on August 4th.

      For more information, contact Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care.