FAIRBURY – Before being released into the sunny sky, butterflies fluttered around in a box with a ribbon on it. Each butterfly representing someone who has passed on. Each butterfly carrying precious memories as they flew away.
AseraCare Hospice hosted a butterfly release, helping family and friends cope with the recent loss of a loved one.
The evening began with a light meal, followed by songs and a message delivered by Chaplain Sharon Schuster.
Schuster spoke from recent experience, having just lost someone very close to her. She told the crowd a touching story of a sweet surprise she came across while collecting Memorial Day flowers.
Schuster tells News Channel Nebraska, “And as I spoke, it wasn’t very long ago when we were retrieving the flowers off of my parents’ grave – and I lost my mother six months ago, and what a great Christian woman she was. Little did I know, when we were going to pick up the flowers, that I found a rock.”
That rock had the words “Fly High” painted on it.
Painted rocks have become a recent local trend. Folks have been leaving the rocks around with inspirational messages and designs in hopes of when another person discovers the rock, it brightens their day. Read more on that trend here.
Schuster says, “The sun was just going down, and it caught a shimmer, and I thought what is this? As I was just about ready to go and all of the sudden there was a rock just sitting – just right there, my parents’ graves. I knew that, the true meaning was – God was looking down on me and that I had some great friends.”
As the butterflies flew away, some smiles spread across faces. Others held a hand over their heart and hope blossomed again.