Blessing’s “Butterfly Moments” prepares to take off

    Blessing’s “Butterfly Moments” prepares to take off

    Area resident who wish to honor the memory of a deceased loved one are invited to reserve a butterfly and attend the Sixth Annual Butterfly Moments event hosted by Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care at the Wavering Park Large Pavilion on North 36th Street in Quincy on Sunday, August 12, at 2 pm.

    Those participating reserve live butterflies through Blessing, at the cost of $7 per butterfly, for deceased loved ones being honored. Each butterfly ordered comes with a commemorative window cling. There is no limit on the number of butterflies that can be purchased. Friday, July 20 at 4:30 pm is the cut-off to reserve butterflies.

    At the event, participants receive their butterfly and, in unison, release them. The butterfly symbolizes the transition between life and death. The caterpillar forms its cocoon and prepares to leave the life it knows, becoming a lovely butterfly and beginning a new life.

    Blessing Hospice & Palliative Care introduced Butterfly Moments as part of its commitment to provide end-of-life care to the whole person – body, mind and spirit – providing area residents with a unique and beautiful way to remember deceased loved ones.

    Here is how to get involved:

    * Print order forms at

    * To pay in person with a cash, check or credit card, bring the completed form and payment to the Blessing Foundation office,1121 Broadway in Quincy, using the alley entrance north of Broadway.

    * To pay by mail with a check only, send the completed form and check for the number of butterflies ordered to The Blessing Foundation, Butterfly Moments, 1121 Broadway, PO Box 7005, Quincy, IL 62305-7005.

    Those participating are welcome at the park on August 12 any time after 1 pm to socialize and prepare for the release. Butterflies will be distributed shortly before the release, scheduled to begin at 2 pm sharp.

    If individuals reserving butterflies cannot attend the event, the butterflies will be released by a member of the Blessing staff.

    In the event of rain, those reserving butterflies are asked to come to the park and pick up their butterfly to release at their homes.

    Questions can be directed to Steve Felde, Blessing Hospital, 217-223-8400, ext. 4191, or email at, during business hours.

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