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Butterfly Release2023-02-23T08:05:55-05:00

Annual Butterfly Release

Every year, HCS hosts a butterfly release to memorialize and remember those who have died. Butterfly Park, the City of Keene’s beautiful Community Space, is the traditional location for our event and we were thrilled to expand the butterfly release to a second location in 2022 and greatly enjoyed working with Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Planning for the 2023 events in both locations are underway! See below for more information. Save the date!

HCS and Cathedral of the Pines are partnering up to host 3 Butterfly Release events in 2023. The Thursday dates will be our traditional event, meditative and serene, one in each beautiful location.

While all are welcome to participate in each Butterfly Release event, this year, HCS is holding some “extra space” during our Saturday event for families with children. Children often grieve and remember loved ones differently than adults. Our Saturday event will include special activities and learning opportunities for children about butterflies, and we hope will have a sunny and celebratory atmosphere.

Join us for one or for all events!

Butterflies are now on sale for the 2023 Butterfly Release events. You may order butterflies by printing and mailing this form or clicking the button below to order online. 

This year we are offering both Monarch Butterflies and Painted Lady Butterflies. Monarch butterflies possess two pairs of brilliant orange-red wings, featuring black veins and white spots along the edges and have an average wingspan of 4 inches. Painted Lady butterflies have beautifully elaborate wings with patterns of reddish orange, pink, brown, white, and blue scales and an average wingspan of 2 inches.

Monarch Butterfly

Painted Lady Butterfly

Our 2022 Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors who make this event possible.

If you are interested in being a 2023 event sponsor, please reach out to us today!

Monarch Sponsors


Cremation Society of New Hampshire

Enclara Pharmacia

Ganio Land Management

Halliday Real Estate | Bean Group

Ann Heffernon & Jay Ward

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium


SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

The Sloane Family

Weidner Services, LLC

Zinnia Sponsors

Covenant Living of Keene

Dublin Road Taproom & Eatery

Gem Graphics

Keene Signworx

Stephen Maloney

Maple Hill Nursery &  Greenhouses

Monadnock Community Hospital

Peterborough Marble & Granite Works

The Shattuck

Frequently Asked Questions about the Butterfly Release

What are the dates for the 2023 Butterfly Release?2023-02-21T07:55:42-05:00

Join us for the 12th Annual HCS Butterfly Release! We now have three event dates to choose from:

June 15, 2023 – Cathedral of the Pines

June 17, 2023 – Butterfly Park

June 22, 2023 – Butterfly Park

I want to sponsor the butterfly release. What are the sponsorship levels?2023-02-21T08:06:48-05:00

We have revised our sponsorship levels for 2023 and named each level after butterflies found in New Hampshire. If you would like to be a sponsor, reach out to us today!

$1000 – Monarch level 

Includes 4 butterflies

$500 – Swallowtail Level 

Includes 3 butterflies

$250 – Skipper Level 

Includes 2 butterflies

$100 – Painted Lady Level 

Includes 1 butterfly


Do I have to purchase a butterfly to attend the event?2023-02-21T08:08:16-05:00

No, you are welcome to come and enjoy the event without releasing a butterfly, however if you would like to release a butterfly (or several!) we recommend purchasing the butterflies through our shop well in advance.

  • Hospice Team

Questions about the butterfly release or want to be a sponsor?

Contact the HCS Development Department!



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