Camp 9 24MADISONVILLE, Ky. (9/24/17) — Several area youth released butterflies in memory of their loved ones during the Baptist Health Madisonville Camp Butterfly held Saturday at BHM Hospice House.

“I’m going to miss you, butterfly,” one young man said, as the insect flew away.

Organizers explained children attending the one-day camp made memory pillows and participated in group sessions designed to help them deal with grief.

Cyndi Wagner, Baptist Heath Hospice Director, said children participating had lost someone important in their lives.

“We come together and have different sessions to talk about feelings, grief and what that means,” Wagner said.

One child drew pictures of trucks in memory of his father, because his father loved trucks, camp counselors said. Another child drew pictures of the park to remember times spent there with their grandmother.

Rebecca Cartright, Director of Baptist Health Homecare Hospice, said the children also had a lot fun during Saturday’s activities. The youth had the opportunity to say the names of their loved ones aloud during a candlelight ceremony.

At the end of the day, the group gathered under a large oak tree and sang “This Little Light of Mine” before releasing the butterflies. Camp organizer Kellie Gipson explained the significance of the butterfly release.

“The souls are carried through the air by the butterfly, and all who observe their flight are connected by a special understanding of the event that is taking place,” Gipson said. “In other words, the butterflies you are holding are a symbol of your loved one.”

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Doreen Dennis
SurfKY News Director
Region 2


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