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Memorial Butterfly Ceremony at St. Anthony's Hospital

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Thursday, May 19, 2022by bdust

HSHS Hospice Illinois invites community to Memorial Butterfly Release Ceremony at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital

HSHS Hospice llinois invites community members to join them for a butterfly release ceremony at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital on Thursday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the Healing Garden of the hospital.

Shawna O’Dell, director of post-acute care, shared, “The butterfly represents the transformation of the spirit as our loved ones transition from this life. We look forward to sharing in this special time with the families in our communities.”

Family and friends are invited to celebrate and remember the life of a loved one who has passed. The ceremony will include a butterfly release and the reading of the names of those being honored.

If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please RSVP to Valerie Engelbart, volunteer/bereavement coordinator, at 217-685-0702 or email  Butterflies will be released for all of those honored, but you are invited to personally release a butterfly for your loved one by reserving a butterfly for $15 to be paid prior to the ceremony.

For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit St. Anthony’s website at


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