Nathan Adelson Hospice, Southern Nevada’s oldest, largest and only non-profit hospice, today announced the 16th Annual John Anderson ‘Celebration of Life’ Live Butterfly Release will take place on The Lawn at Downtown Summerlin at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The event is open to the public.
Southern Nevada community members are invited to celebrate and honor the memory of lost loved ones during this annual event, which takes place on the large lawn area at the shopping center at 1980 Festival Plaza Drive. The butterfly release will commence promptly at 2:30 p.m. The event brings together hundreds of friends and families to release more than 500 butterflies in memory of loved ones who have passed away.
“The annual ‘Celebration of Life’ butterfly release is a touching ceremony that gives our community the chance to honor and remember loved ones who have passed,” said Carole Fisher, president and CEO of Nathan Adelson Hospice. “In our work, we know grief doesn’t fade quickly. This symbolic experience helps provide emotional and spiritual healing to those still grieving.”
A Native American legend is the premise of the butterfly release and claims that if anyone desired a wish to come true, they had to capture a butterfly and whisper that wish to it. The butterfly, which makes no sound, could not reveal the wish to anyone but the Great Spirit, who hears and sees all. The butterfly carried the wish to the heavens to be granted. The event is named for Nathan Adelson Hospice family member John Anderson, who worked for at the hospice for 23 years and passed away in 2007.
Butterflies can be reserved in advance for $50 a box, with each box containing two butterflies, by contacting Stephanie Forbes at 702.938.3910 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are available.