Hospice celebrates butterfly release

Monarchs set to fly free on June 9 and 10


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  • Butterflies in tulle cages: Attendees can witness the Monarch butterflies awaiting their release at the conclusion of each Butterfly Release Celebration. The annual celebrations will be hosted in Sussex and Warren Counties in New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania on June 9 and 10. Photos provided




  • The event’s butterflies, placed in delicate tulle cages, await their release




  • Erin Optiz welcomes a newly released butterfly at a previous Butterfly Release Celebration.




  • Robert McCracken, center, is pictured with his professional team from Smith-McCracken Funeral Home in Newton, NJ and Wood Funeral Home in Branchville, NJ. They have been the sponsor for the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice Butterfly Release Celebration for 18 years. From left: Rebecca Schick, Andrew Jorritsma, Robert McCracken, Pam Milone, Christina Iannucci and Rachael Zeberl.




— Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice will host its 18th annual Butterfly Release Celebration with three events held in Sussex and Warren Counties, New Jersey and Pike County, Pennsylvania on the weekend of June 9 and 10.

“This beautiful event honors the life of family and friends who are still with us and celebrates the memory of those loved ones we have lost,” Cecelia Clayton, Executive Director of Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, said.

Since its inception, Smith-McCracken and Wood Funeral Homes have been central to the success of the event, leading the way as the major sponsor.

“We are very proud to support hospice and the annual Butterfly Release Celebration. This event and the hospice exemplify the importance of friends and family,” Robert McCracken said.

Participation begins with the purchase of a butterfly for $20.00 in the name of a loved one. Included in the purchase is a commemorative butterfly lapel pin which will be sent along with a personalized acknowledgement card to the designated recipient. Monarch Sponsors donating $100.00 receive a stunning butterfly sun catcher. A new design in the series is featured annually offering a thoughtful collection opportunity. Participants are encouraged to visit our website to register and purchase a butterfly in advance at www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/butterfly. Once registered, a butterfly pin and acknowledgment card will be mailed to designated recipients and the celebrated name will be printed in the event program. Butterfly celebration pins and name recognition can also be purchased the day of the event before the ceremony begins.

Each celebration integrates live music with the reading of each name being celebrated and concludes with the release of dozens of butterflies.

Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, currently celebrating its 38th year of providing hospice care to patients and their families, is pleased to welcome the community to the Warren County Butterfly Release Celebration hosted at the Karen Nash Memorial Butterfly Garden on the grounds of Memorial Elementary School in Washington, NJ at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 9. Also, hospice supporters and area residents are welcomed to gather at the gazebo in Memorial Park in Milford for the Pike County Butterfly Release Celebration hosted at at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 9. Sunday’s Butterfly Release Celebration will be hosted at the gazebo on the college green of the Sussex County Community College on Sunday, June 10, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The celebrations are hosted rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, the butterflies will be released when conditions are suitable. For additional information about the Butterfly Release Celebration or to celebrate the name of a loved one, please visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org/butterfly or call 973-383-0115 or 800-882-1117.

The Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation is passionately dedicated to providing Hospice care for the terminally ill and bereavement counseling for those who have lost loved ones. Serving Sussex and Warren Counties NJ and Northeast PA; please call 800-882-1117 to reach any of our services at either office; Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ and Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 104 Bennett Ave., Milford, PA. Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice is an independently owned hospice program and proud to be the preferred hospice provider for Newton Medical Center and area Atlantic Health Care System. The award-winning Home for Hospice is located in Fredon, NJ. The Joseph T. Quinlan Bereavement Center is open to hospice families and the community for bereavement support, counseling and educational opportunities; it is located at 5 Plains Rd. in Augusta with satellite offices in Pike and Warren Counties. For hospice programs, events, and more information visit www.karenannquinlanhospice.org or Facebook.com/KarenAnnQuinlanHospice.org.






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