Thanks so much to Laurie Howard, Development Director at the Hope & Healing Place, for stopping by HPPR to talk about the "Wings of Hope: Butterfly Release & Remember."
On Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. to noon, they will be releasing 500 butterflies in memory and honor of lost loved ones. Laurie says, "The butterfly carries so many similarities to the grief journey. It is a continuous journey, sometimes dark and sometimes celebratory." It's free and open to the public, and it'll include a chalk walk, crafts for kids, and more. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park and enjoy remembering and releasing. Also, you can reserve a butterfly online for a fee or at the event to keep our free grief services up and going. Laurie continued, "We are hopeful this beautiful butterfly release is a way that opens a new door to the grief process for kids and adults alike -- a place for them to know they are not alone. There is an entire grieving community right here in the Texas panhandle." The Hope & Healing Place is a grief counseling center serving the Amarillo area. Their mission is to provide a safe place to promote the healing journey for grieving children, families and individuals. They offer a variety of programs, twice a year -- in the fall and in the spring, free of charge. Programs they offer include:o Survivors of Suicide (Adult group)o Emerge ( Teen survivors of suicide)o Heartprints (Pregnancy & infant loss)o Generations (All kinds of loss support groups, for ages 5 and up) For more information, call Laurie at 806.371.8998, ext. 7. Hear the full interview here: