Butterfly Release Honors Lost Loved Ones at Piedmont Crossing

September 21, 2021

Thomasville, NC – It was a celebration of life and the release of nearly 50 butterflies at Piedmont Crossing, a retirement community in Thomasville, NC. Residents, friends, family, and team members gathered recently for a ceremonial event to release butterflies in memory of a loved one.

Rev. Bob Symanski, director of spiritual life at Piedmont Crossing, invited guests who had recently lost a loved one to release a Monarch butterfly following a short ceremony on life, death, renewal, and faith. After first emerging from the envelope, most of the butterflies alighted on the hands of the person releasing them, but soon began to fly to nearby flowers and shrubbery on the campus of Piedmont Crossing.

“Butterflies are a symbol of hope and life. The goal of the butterfly release is to allow those in attendance to gain a sense of closure from recently losing a loved one,” shared Symanski. “It’s a time to acknowledge the life someone lived, the love they shared with them, and the memories they had.”

In previous years, there was one release event. With COVID-19 safety in mind, the retirement community decided to host three different butterfly releases to keep the crowds limited. “This event is dear to me, many of our team members, and most definitely the families we have served. It was important for us to find a way to safely host our butterfly release. Rather than one large event, we held several smaller sessions which turned out to offer an intimate and meaningful setting for our guests,” shared Symanski.

A senior living community part of EveryAge (formerly United Church Homes and Services), Piedmont Crossing takes pride in its longstanding history and tradition of excellence. For more information about Piedmont Crossing, please visit www.piedmontcrossing.org.