Butterflies released in celebration of life

Butterflies released in celebration of life

It was a beautiful sight to behold at St. Peter’s Hospital on June 26 as 190 guests released 175 butterflies in honour of their loved ones.

St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation hosted the fifth annual Celebration of Life and Memorial Wall Service. The Memorial Wall features names of loved ones whose families have donated $1,000 or more in their memory, and the wall serves as a way for families to show gratitude for the care their loved ones have received. Visitors to the Hospital frequently enjoy moments of peaceful reflection at the wall.

celebration wall


Chaplain Peter Lopinski welcomed guests at the emotional ceremony, while Luke Fillion, whose mother is featured on the wall, performed two beautiful songs. The Hamilton Suzuki School of Music performed throughout the ceremony.

“Many of you have told us that St. Peter’s Hospital was a compassionate home away from home for you and your loved one,” said Pearl Veenema, President and CEO, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, as she addressed the crowd. “It is so meaningful to me that you chose to honour your loved one’s memory by supporting St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation. In doing so, you have helped ensure that other people in your community will benefit from the compassionate, hands-on care that is provided by the dedicated staff at this hospital.”

“Josie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. This is a wonderful way to honour her memory.”

David Lasci, whose wife Josie was added to the wall this year after her courageous battle with cancer, spoke to the crowd on behalf of all the patient families.

“What better place for this gathering than the beautiful grounds of St. Peter’s Hospital, a place of tranquility, spirituality and love in the heart of our community” said David. “Josie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. This is a wonderful way to honour her memory.”

Guests and supporters of the Foundation had the opportunity to order butterflies, dedicate them in memory of a loved one, and then release them following the formal ceremony.

butterfly about to be released outside St. Peter's Hospital