The Cumberland House Hospice Auxiliary hosts its 16th Celebration of Life Butterfly Release on Saturday.
Volunteer Sherry Koch said after a year of loss, they hope the butterflies will bring a sense of new life.
“As the butterfly emerges from the cocoon and flies off and spreads its wings and usually flies upwards,” Koch said “So we consider our Celebration of Life Butterfly Release an uplifting, joyful experience.”
Koch said it’s an emotional and moving event for all involved. Koch said they’ll have a reading of the names the butterflies are honoring, poetry readings, food trucks and uplifting music to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed.
Koch said to accommodate for growing popularity they will be moving the event from the courthouse lawn in Crossville to the amphitheater shelter on 29th Division Street. Koch said they will also have a plethora of flowers from various Crossville gardeners.
Koch said they are also offering a drive-thru service this year for those who might feel more comfortable doing personal butterfly release.
“For 15 minutes we’re going to have a drive-thru line and we’ll hand them their butterflies in their car windows and they can drive off and take them home and release them in their own yards around their own flowers,” Koch said.
Koch said if you were unable to buy a butterfly, you can also mail donations for the Cumberland County Hospice center.