The FOP community is a family. As a family, we share both joyful and difficult moments. There is a lot of meaningful caring and support in all we experience together. Last year we offered our first Celebration of Life and Memorial Butterfly Release in support of those who have lost someone they hold near and dear to their heart. As a community, we came together from around the globe to celebrate the lives of 55 loved ones who have passed away.
We invite you to join us again this year on Tuesday, August 30, which is National Grief Awareness Day, to honor and remember our loved ones and friends with FOP who have passed away.
This special event will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom, and while we won’t be together physically we heard from participants who joined us last year that the event is a meaningful opportunity to come together and benefit from the support and understanding of our close-knit community.
“I’m looking forward to the second live Memorial Butterfly Release. It was stunning last year to hear all the names and realize I knew most of the people who have died. It reminded me of all the families and friends who grieve their FOP members. And the memorial scroll of names at the end of the program tied us together as a community. It was a lovely event.”
—Marilyn Hair, Mother of Sarah who passed away from FOP complications in 2017
A celebration of life is a helpful part of the grieving process, whether your loss is recent or long ago. Coming together in this way encourages healing and strengthens our connectedness with each other and with those who live on in our hearts. Sharon Neumann, Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist and sibling of IFOPA founding member Nancy Sando, will host the program.
It will include:
- A brief explanation of the importance of memorializing and celebrating those we have lost and it's role in our grief processing
- An introduction to the monarch butterfly journey and why it can be a beautiful way to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed on
- A recording of the pre-filmed butterfly release including the reading of names and release of butterflies for those who choose to purchase a butterfly for their loved one
- A closing opportunity for reflection and connection where attendees can see and hear from one another through sharing of memories.
If you have questions, please contact Hope Newport at +1 785-294-1607 or [email protected].