Thank you for once again joining us for TRU’s annual butterfly release and memorial. Over 450 beautiful painted lady butterflies were released in memory of loved ones. Many participants gathered with families at Whitetail Park and enjoyed a healing sense of community. Some honored loved ones at cemeteries and memorial sites, and others found comfort in their own backyard, in the mountains, and elsewhere.
Grief Counselor Joan Hummel reminded participants that even in the midst of grief, hope is not forgotten. We have not lost the ability to be happy. She shared that happy thoughts are transformational, especially if we give ourselves permission to have them.
Read Joan’s talk, Hope in Grief, here, and please enjoy this slideshow on TRU’s YouTube Channel:
Thanks to Chris at Tone Images for taking many of these photos and to Laurie Rugenstein for again making beautiful music at the event on her flute.
Thank you also to our sponsors – Ewing-Leavitt Insurance Agency, Horan & McConaty Funeral Service, the Daily Camera, Home Instead, Gregg and Kelly Rogers, Pete Kelley, Scott and Marlene Gresser, Lily Kurylko, Jerry and Lilliann Osborne Durst, Kitty deKieffer, and the Heyart Family – for their support, and thank you all again for participating in this special event.