July 9, 2011 The Compassionate Friends East of the River Chapter hosted a group release of about 100 butterflies on the day of our first (what we hope will be annual) Walk To Remember.
Butterflies were available for individual release, when pre-paid.
In July of 2011 The Available butterflies to pre-order were:
WHY BUTTERFLIES ARE MEANINGFUL
- Butterflies are a symbol of The Compassionate Friends, and are seen as a connection to Renewed Life ~ Hope. The Compassionate Friends embrace the butterfly as a sign of hope that our children and siblings are living in another dimension with greater beauty and freedom. For many it is a belief that we will join with them in renewed life after own our passing from the earth.
- The butterfly doesnâ€™t begin by being a butterfly. It emerges after a first life, a â€œchanging deathâ€ and a metamorphosis into something free and beautiful. Symbolically, the caterpillar has been thought to be LIFE ON EARTH; the cocoon, DEATH; and the butterfly, EMERGENCE INTO A NEW, BEAUTIFUL FREER EXISTENCE.
- Native American legends say that if you have a secret wish, hold a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. Since butterflies cannot speak, your secret is ever safe in their keeping. Release the butterfly, and it will carry your wish. When we release our butterflies during a remembrance ceremony, we send our whispers to our children and siblings, carried on the wings of the butterflies.
- In addition to these personal and symbolic butterfly meanings, itâ€™s also important to note that releasing butterflies is far more environmentally sound that releasing balloons. In fact, in Connecticut it is illegal* to release more than 10 balloons at a time. Many of us feel strongly that we dishonor our deceased family members by breaking the law in their memory.
* Connecticut General Statutes Â§26-25c states:
No person, nonprofit organization, firm or corporation, including the state and its political subdivisions, shall knowingly release, organize the release of or intentionally cause to be released into the atmosphere within a twenty-four-hour period ten or more helium or other lighter-than-air gas balloons in the state. Â Any violation of subsection (a) of this section shall be an infraction.Â