Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11 a.m.

Join us for a uniquely beautiful way to honor and remember loved ones.

Enjoy music, light refreshments and have the opportunity to share memories with others at this moving celebration. The event officially begins with the reading of names of loved ones for whom the butterflies have been dedicated, and ends with the release of hundreds of butterflies. It is a truly spectacular sight and experience.


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“My children and I were selected as the first-ever people to release butterflies at this event nine years ago after we lost their dad, and my husband, David. We continue to hold a special place for it now, as we did then. After suffering and sadness, the butterfly release represents freedom and hope of better days for us and for the special person we lost. It reminds us of our blessings and makes us feel gratitude for what we have had and for the opportunity to look at life in a new way.” -Tammy Caron, Butterfly Release participant

Dedicate a butterfly

  • Anyone is welcome to dedicate a butterfly; you don’t have to have used our services to be able to attend
  • Dedication includes the reading of a loved one’s name during the ceremony followed by the release of the butterfly
  • $30 per butterfly dedication

How to purchase a butterfly dedication

  • Visit the reception desk at the Hospice House on Stetson Road in Auburn through Friday, August 3 at noon.
  • Visit the reception desk at our Strawberry Avenue office in Lewiston through Friday, August 3 at noon.
  • Call 207.795.9407 or email us
  • Purchase butterflies at the event

Event Details

11th Annual Butterfly Release
Saturday, July 27, 2019

Geiger Elementary School
610 College Street
Lewiston, ME

Weather: This is an outdoor event and due to the likelihood of inclement weather on Saturday, July 27, the event will now take place on Sunday, July 28.

Proceeds from the Butterfly Release benefit patient care and family supportive services at the Hospice House.

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“When we lose someone we love, we are always looking for a sign that they are okay and still with us in spirit. That is the purpose of this event. It is said that when a butterfly lands on you it is a sign from a loved one. That is what happened to me. I truly believe it was my mother’s way of communicating her love and presence, not just on this very special day, but every day.” – longtime event volunteer Barbara Doyle