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      Butterfly release helps families let go of loved-ones and remember

      Around a 120 butterflies were released

      There was a special ceremony for deceased friends and family in Pittsfield Sunday. It was the 2nd annual Butterfly Moments in Lowry Park.

      At the event, people released butterflies to honor the memories of their loved ones.

      "We have to remember our loved ones no matter what. We have to remember our loved ones and this is a good way to do that," Pittsfield resident Melinda Narup said.

      It's been a painful year for Narup.

      Narup lost two of her loved ones to cancer.

      "I wanted to release a butterfly in the honor of my dad that I lost in April, and my boyfriend that I just lost four weeks ago,?? Narup said.

      In order to honor and celebrate both men, she came to a special ceremony for bereaved families.

      "Today's event was a butterfly release for the Pittsfield community," Cantrell said. ??For anyone who wanted to come out and have a positive day of remembering those we've loved and lost."

      Sarah Cantrell is a marketing and outreach coordinator for Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care. She put together this farewell.

      Cantrell believes ceremonies like this one, give people a chance to properly send-off their deceased relatives and friends. She also feels it helps begin the healing process.

      "It is definitely an emotional experience for people, especially, when it's a family there. We did have some people who were here, and it was just them,?? Cantrell said.

      Cantrell said the release of a butterfly symbolizes a new chapter for the people and the ones they've lost.

      "Butterflies are kind of the circle of life type of thing in its own little way,?? Cantrell said. ??We have a saying that, "Just when the caterpillar thought his life was over, it became a butterfly"; and that's really special to a lot of people as they're losing loved ones."

      When it came time for Narup to release her butterfly, it didn't leave her.

      Narup took this as a sign that both men's spirits were in her presence.

      ??I just kept trying to coax it to fly off and it just didn't want to fly. It didn't want to leave," Narup said.

      Narup is thankful for the chance to finally say goodbye.

      It's an opportunity Narup will never forget.

      "I miss them both dearly and this is a great honor that the hospital does,?? Narup said.

      More than a 150 people attended Sunday??s ceremony.