MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Home Hospice is hosting their 14th butterfly release memorial, an event that symbolizes butterflies as loved ones who have passed.

The 4th grade students at Lamar Elementary raised the butterflies that will be released at the memorial.

“My students actually when we talk about it and when I ask them what the reason was for getting these butterflies, their immediate response was to serve others instead of learning about the butterfly cycle. Which was really awesome,” said teacher Mrs. Lozano.

Home Hospice’s very own grief counselor holds this memorial especially close to her heart.

“My father died seven years ago this month and my mom died about two and half years ago. And so I’ve lost both of them in the last several years.”

Betsy Brininstool, a Home Hospice Grief Counselor, described the feeling of attending her first memorial grieving the loss of her father and the power of simply hearing his name being announced.

“There were tears for sure but it was a joyful experience too to be there and hear his name said and release the butterfly; it was just a neat way to remember his memory.”

Names will be read during the memorial service, and butterflies will be released. There will be musical entertainment, refreshments and live butterflies will be handed out to participants at no cost.

The memorial is April 27th, 2-4 p.m. at Midland College’s Carassco room.