Munson Healthcare Hospice 2020 Virtual Memorial Butterfly Release 

Munson Healthcare Hospice Memorial Butterfly Releases were held at or near Munson Healthcare Hospital facilities in the following communities:

  • Traverse City (video recording above): August 19, 2020
  • Cadillac, Manistee, and Frankfort: September 2, 2020                                 
  • Charlevoix, Gaylord, Grayling, and Kalkaska, September 10, 2020                            

Butterflies were blessed, names were read, prayers were said, and butterflies were released.

Thank you for sharing this special time of remembrance with us. Heartfelt thanks to GT Butterfly House & Bug Zoo for their loving care and assistance with butterflies, and to the Munson Healthcare Hospice staff and volunteers for their generous assistance in making these events possible.

Memorial Butterfly Release
(Traverse City)

Harp Prelude

  • Mary Mintz, Munson Healthcare Hospice Volunteer


  • Erin Gray, LPC, and Sharon Neumann, SPMC, GRSC, Munson Healthcare Hospice Bereavement Coordinators

Loved Ones Remembered and Reading of Names

  • Shari Wilson, President, Munson Healthcare Home Health
  • Lisa White, Director, Munson Healthcare Home Care, Palliative & Hospice
  • Joy Marotzke, Munson Healthcare Hospice Regional Manager
  • Munson Healthcare Hospice Clinical Supervisors Meg Guthrie (Traverse City), Susan Kilbourn (Grayling), Damie Powell (Cadillac), and Shannon Suarez (Hospice House)

Release of Butterflies

  • Erin Gray, LPC, and Sharon Neumann, SPMC, GRSC, Munson Healthcare Hospice Bereavement Coordinators


With closed eyes, I see you among the flowers,
High above the clouds.
Your presence blows through me with the breeze. Your smile beams down
on through the sun.
The full moon brings the light of your laughter to my mind.
And the Butterfly – in all its splendor – reminds me of your beauty and freedom
now. Leaving your love for me lingering in my world.

Author Unknown

We hope to resume in-person Memorial Butterfly Release events in 2021. To learn more about Munson Healthcare Hospice or to reserve your butterfly please visit or call 800-252-2065.