Lincoln Hospice Announces Date for 3rd Annual Celebration of Life Butterfly Release

Lincoln Health System and Lincoln Hospice have set the date for the 3rd Annual Celebration of Life Butterfly Release. This year’s event will be held on April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Stone Bridge Park.

Last year’s event celebrated the lives of more than 200 people with the release of beautiful butterflies signifying each life.  Lincoln Hospice’s Chaplain, Harold Dawkins gave the invocation and Josh Ogle provided beautiful music for the event.  As the names of those who have past were read, families released their butterflies into the sunny sky.

The Celebration of Life Butterfly Release started in 2016 as a way for Lincoln Hospice to memorialize their patients and honor their memories with the families they have served.  Due to the amazing response in 2016, Lincoln Hospice decided to expand the event to help raise funds to support their program and increase awareness for the services Hospice provides.

Lincoln Hospice is a non-profit organization that provides care for more than 125 hospice patients each year providing vital end of life care as well as support for families and caregivers.  Although Medicare and other insurance benefits pay for hospice care, some supplies and medications costs exceed those payments.  The bereavement program, which provides support to families for a year after the death of a patient, is not included in any insurance reimbursement.  Lincoln Hospice also provides care to all hospice eligible patients regardless of their ability to pay. The use of volunteers along with generous donations helps to offset the costs of providing this care along with supporting the bereavement program and community outreach and education.  The Butterfly Release is the largest fundraiser for the organization.

“Being a part of a community-owned health system is something that all of us here at Lincoln Health System takes great pride in.  Hospice is a branch of the system that is dear to us because through hospice, we are able to provide care and comfort to our community during one of the most difficult times in life.  This Celebration of Life gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the lives of our loved ones who have passed and I am proud to be part of this event” stated Candie Starr, Chief Executive Office of Lincoln Health System.

More information on this year’s event can be found at www.LincolnHealthSystem.com or on the Health System’s Facebook Page.  Lincoln Hospice is grateful to the community for the past support of this event and they hope to expand the event even more this year.

For more information on hospice, the services they provide or becoming a hospice volunteer, please call 9631-433-8088.