Hospice butterfly release celebrates life in Carlisle

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Originally published by The Sentinel on July 9, 2017 - Read Full Article

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Native Americans believed butterflies to be of the spirit world. If someone whispered a message to a butterfly, it could carry the message to a loved one on the other side.

If those releasing butterflies took that suggestion from Hospice of Central PA Chaplain Alan Echard to heart, then there are many messages on their way.

The live butterfly release was held Sunday afternoon at the amphitheater at Thornwald Park in Carlisle. The ceremony included inspirational readings and a message from Echard.

“Today is about remembering those we said goodbye to,” said Gil Brown, president and CEO of Hospice of Central PA.

Funds raised from the butterfly release are used for the four largest needs at the hospice. The first of these is charity care.

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