Butterfly Release Commemorates Loss of Loved Ones
One butterfly released for every three lives lost at Trillium Health Partners to COVID-19
May 29, 2021
Today, Heart House Hospice released 100 butterflies at Credit Valley Hospital as part of a Second Annual Butterfly Release that commemorates the loss of loved ones in our community. Each butterfly that was released at Credit Valley Hospital today signified three lives that have been lost across Trillium Health Partners sites during the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s ceremony at Trillium Health Partners was made possible by a generous donation from the Gupta Family with Dr. Asha Gupta, Palliative Care Physician at Trillium Health Partners and board member at Heart House Hospice, and her mother Meera Gupta releasing the butterflies on behalf of the family. “In these very challenging times for patients, families and staff at our hospital, we wanted to find a way to acknowledge the lives that have been lost within our walls, especially from COVID-19” said Dr. Gupta. “We have not been able to grieve and spend time with families in the way we would normally. And although we this does not make up for the loss, I hope it will help families and staff alike to take a moment to reflect and remember that each death was the loss of someone who was loved. I hope each butterfly will allow us some release of our compounded grief so that we may go on caring for each other with the dignity and compassion we all deserve.”
Dr. Asha Gupta, her sister Abha, and her mother Meera were joined by Heart House Hospice Board Chair Karen Priest, and Trillium Health Partners Chaplain Andrew Petaroudas, who offered a prayer in memory of loved ones lost to the pandemic.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie said, “Heart House Hospice has always been close to my heart with its vision of making a meaningful difference in the end-of-life experience of so many people. COVID-19 has been incredibly devastating for so many people across Mississauga. The butterflies being released today will honour the families, friends, neighbours, and community members we have lost to COVID-19. I want to sincerely thank Heart House Hospice for organizing this beautiful tribute.”
Trillium Health Partners CEO Michelle DiEmanuele said, “Heart House Hospice Butterfly Release is a beautiful ceremony commemorating those we have lost over the past year to COVID-19. They were fathers, mothers, friends, siblings, whose lives were cut short by this unforgiving pandemic” she said. “Today and every day we remember them, those who loved them and those who cared for them in their final days.”
More than 300 butterflies commemorating the loss of loved were also released privately by supporters of Heart House Hospice who are participating in this virtual fundraising and memorial event.
Virtual events like the Butterfly Release account for a significant portion of the organization’s annual operating budget, especially after the onset of the pandemic and associated restrictions on traditional fundraising events. “Our donors, sponsors and partners help us bridge the gap between the exceptional level of service that we provide and the funding received from the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care“ said Executive Director Theresa Greer. “We simply couldn’t provide the level of service to as many people as we do without the support from our generous donors and partners.”
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About Heart House Hospice
Heart House Hospice plays a critical role in the region’s health care system by providing compassionate, person-centered, community-based hospice care. Each year, more than 1,000 individuals who are living with a life-limiting illness and over 2,500 loved ones benefit from our services. Our success is made possible by the generosity of our partners, donors, and the dedication of almost 200 volunteers. Donations to Heart House Hospice provide a significant portion of the annual operating budget each year, bridging the gap between our exceptional level of service that we provide and the funding that we receive by the Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care.
Board of Directors:
- Karen Priest, Chair of the Board and Fund Development Committee, President of Diamond Marketing and Communications, Secretary of the Port Credit Community Foundation Board, and past member of the Trillium Health Partners Foundation Board and Living Arts Centre Board.
- Brad Butt, Vice-Chair of the Board and Hospice Centre Committee Chair, Vice-President of Government & Stakeholder Relations at the Mississauga Board of Trade, and past Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville.
- Michael Massolin, CPA, CA, Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Accounting Manager at Morguard.
- Cheryl Englander, Board Secretary, Governance Committee Chair, Quality and Excellence Committee Chair, and Past Chair of the Credit Valley Hospital Board.
- Sebastion Patrizio, President of Felara Financial Corporation, Chair of the City of Mississauga Committee of Adjustment.
- Asha Gupta, Palliative Care Physician at Credit Valley Hospital.
- Charlene Shevlen, Past Director of Mission and Values at St. Michael’s Hospital.
- Doris DeAngelis, Account Executive at Manulife Financial.
- Ruben R. Goulart, Founding Partner at Goulart Workplace Lawyers.
- Sandro Iannicca, Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, and founder at SI Consulting.
Ryan Lester, Campaign Director, Heart House Hospice
Office: 905-712-8119 x 234