Munson Healthcare Hospice 2022 Memorial Butterfly Release

Friday, July 22nd, 2022


Rotary Performing Arts Pavilion

Cadillac, MI


Welcome and Introductions

     Sam Killingbeck, RN, Regional Manager Munson Healthcare Hospice


Butterfly Meaning and Symbolism

Erin Gray, LPC, CAGCS, Bereavement Coordinator


Blessing of the Butterflies

James Martin, Spiritual Care Advisor

Loved Ones Remembered and Reading of Names

Munson Healthcare Hospice Patient Care Team Members


Release of Butterflies


Reflection and Closing

Erin Gray LPC, CGCS


The Butterfly

The small and delicate wings of the butterfly carries symbolism in a variety of cultures and belief systems across the world. Irish, Mexican and Native American cultures, Greek mythology, and Christianity all mention the butterfly and believe that it is in some way connected to the heavens or representative of our soul or resurrection.

From their short and swiftly changing lifecycles to the thousands of miles they may fly in their little time in this world, they are tiny creatures that remind us of our life’s journey and that we are never the same at the end as we were at the beginning.


Cadillac Program     Traverse City Program     Grayling Program


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

Memorial Butterfly Releases

In July 2022, Munson Healthcare Hospice Bereavement Program facilitated memorial butterfly releases in Traverse City, Grayling, and Cadillac. The following videos are a glimpse into the events and their importance.




Munson Healthcare Butterfly Release 2021 Program

Munson Healthcare Hospice Bereavement Support:

To register for support groups or classes, make an appointment for consultation, or for more information about Munson Healthcare Hospice, bereavement activities, and volunteer opportunities, please contact us at (800) 252-2065 or