May 31, 2010 7:49 PM by Andy Koen
Losing a loved one is painful and Pikes Peak Hospice hopes to relieve some of that pain for the families of patients they serve.
Their annual Memorial Day Commemorative Celebration gives families and caregivers the chance to grieve together.
"People have to reframe after they lose someone very special," explains hospice CEO Martha Barton.
"I think that people have a private duty in their hearts when they remember folks and I also think that people like to be among those that understand that."
The ceremony, held at the Hillside Gardens and Nursery, has grown in the last 20 years from a couple dozen people to several hundred.
Names loved ones are read aloud and then dozens of Monarch butterflies are released within the gardens.
"Understanding that life has cycles and there's something beautifully symbolic about being in this setting," Barton said.
Pikes Peak Hospice has launched an online storytelling campaign to give families another avenue to remember their loved ones.
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