Beautiful Butterfly Release Event


Hundreds gathered on June 29 at Serenity Hospice and Home’s garden in Oregon, IL, to remember loved ones who have died. Annually, Serenity holds this special event to honor those who have passed and release monarch butterflies to experience a time of hope and joy.

Sitting in lawn chairs and Serenity’s benches, a large crowd gathered to hear the names of those who have passed. Lynn Knodle, C.E.O., shared words of inspiration and encouragement, followed by staff sharing the names of those memorialized. It was a touching presentation featuring the names of Veterans read first while the crowd quietly honored all those who had passed. 

After reading the names, individuals released 360 monarch butterflies, delighting everyone from young to young at heart. Participants followed butterflies around the garden; some enjoyed cupcakes, and family and friends enjoyed sharing community in the gardens. Serenity Hospice and Home was thankful for the opportunity to organize the event and incredibly grateful to the Village of Progress for providing a shuttle service for participants to and from Serenity Home. The Memorial Butterfly Release helped all who attended remember family and friends in a truly special way. 

About Serenity Hospice & Home
Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon, IL is a non profit hospice and palliative care provider serving nine counties in northern Illinois. Serenity is rated five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and offers care in private residences, nursing homes, or assisted living facilities.