Families who have lost an infant or young child or who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or ectopic pregnancy are invited to participate in Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s butterfly release on Saturday, June 8, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens.
“Bereaved families often value a ceremony like this that allows them to recognize and honor their child’s memory,” said Jenny Ash, the tendercare and outreach educator for Cheyenne Regional’s Women and Children’s Services. “For many, this event is a source of support and healing both for the families and for our employees who work with families during a time of loss.”
The butterfly release is also a way for families and Cheyenne Regional staff to reconnect.
“Many of the families and our staff have formed bonds and friendships, and this allows them a chance to celebrate those bonds while they also remember and grieve their loss,” Ash said. “It’s wonderful to see the families from year to year, to see the growth and healing that takes place over time.”
This will be the sixth year for Cheyenne Regional to offer the butterfly release.
“Even though it’s a simple event, we often hear how much it means to families that we continue to do this each year,” Ash said. “Many parents have told us how thankful they are to be able to come and share with others who have gone through a loss and that they have this time to remember and celebrate their child.”
To participate families can either fill out the online form on the Cheyenne Regional website by clicking here or can call (307) 633-7803.
“There are a lot of tears and hugging,” Ash said. “But there is also a sense of joy in being able to celebrate a child in a tangible way.”