Annual Butterfly Release June 24, 2017


Throughout the ages and in many cultures, butterflies have symbolized new life, hope and transformation. On Saturday, June 24, these symbols came alive in a butterfly release at the Matthews House Hospice on Hwy 89, in Alliston. Over 60 people attended, most to release a butterfly in honour of a loved one who had recently passed away. For others it signified their own transformation from grief to healing.

Sponsored by the Drury Funeral Centre Ltd, the event included music, poetry and light refreshments in the beautiful garden setting of the hospice. Students at Ernest Cumberland school coloured paper butterflies which hung from trees and added to the ethereal atmosphere. There were tears and moments of silence, but also laughter and wonder, as participants, including children, released their butterflies to ascend into the wild.

Matthews House Hospice, located in South Simcoe, Ontario, walks together with families through the journey of illness and grief. The annual butterfly release is a part of the support the hospice provides. There are also a variety of day programs, including counselling, wellness, caregiver respite and one-on-one support.

A four-bed residence, also located in Alliston, South Simcoe, provides 24-hour palliative care from physicians, nurses, care workers and volunteers. Matthews House Hospice is currently building a 10-bed residence, so that it can expand the care and comfort offered to the community. Further information is available at