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RRH Butterfly release offers healing

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital– 

Ridgecrest Regional Hospital (RRH) will once again host the annual Butterfly Release on Saturday, May 20, at 11 a.m. on the front lawn of RRH.

What started as a fundraiser for hospice has evolved over the years to provide a bonding experience around the families with a loved one receiving comfort or palliative treatment and the compassionate professionals who provide that care.

This youngster gazes with fascination at this beautiful butterfly at a recent RRH Butterfly Release. / Laura Austin Photo

“This is a celebration of our loved ones,” said Kim Metcalf, director of the RRH Foundation. The program includes remarks from the Medical Director of RRH Home Health and Hospice Services, Dr. Love Singh, special music, and a butterfly release.

Families can purchase painted lady butterflies ($20 each) in honor or memory of a loved one. The names will be read during the ceremony, and families and friends will release the butterflies. A small gathering for refreshments and fellowship will follow.

“In addition to honoring those who have been in RRH Hospice or a related program, this is also a thank-you to the amazing staff who care for our patients,” said Metcalf. “Taking care of people in the final stages of their lives is not something most of us could do every day. It is a calling. And we are so fortunate to have people who do this for our community.”

Metcalf said that during COVID, the hospital learned that out-of-town families appreciate having a virtual way to participate through online streaming. So this year will be a hybrid that includes video and in-person participation.

“Last year was the most well-attended event we have had to date, and I believe we can build on that this year.”

Sponsorship forms for the butterflies are available at the Home Health office on Triangle Drive, the Butterfly Boutique on Balsam Street, RRH Outreach on Ridgecrest Boulevard, or by contacting 760-499-3955