Thanks for ‘A Healing Journey’ success

The Grief Center of Northern Illinois Hospice extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who supported A Healing Journey: On Butterfly Wings. June 24, 350 people came together at Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden to release 29 dozen butterflies in celebration of loved ones who have died.

A special thank you to our sponsors: Buck-Wheeler Hyland Funeral Home; the Rockford Register Star; Harder Sign Co.; 23 WIFR; Cremation Society of Illinois; Fitgerald Funeral Home & Crematory; Meridian, Inc.; and Sundberg Funeral Home, Ltd. A special thank you to our in-kind contributors, who didn’t hesitate a minute to help: Jeff Gray/Gray’s Foods, State Street McDonald’s of Belvidere/The Koteles Organization, and Woodman’s. Our local media, thank you as well for your coverage.

We also would like to thank Associated Bank customers, RVC Psych/Soc Club and other donors who helped grieving individuals facing financial challenges attend the event. Klehm, thank you for sharing your magnificent Fountain Garden with us; Fr. Beauvais, your healing message was a gift to our participants; and volunteers – what an amazing group you are!

Though a butterfly release does not eliminate grief, we hope our participants draw comfort from the knowledge that so many in our community care and support them.

Lisa Novak
Executive Director
Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center

From the July 11-17, 2012, issue

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