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Marysville Cemetery holds butterfly release ceremony


August 30, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Rhilyn Davis holds a butterfly in her hands at the Marysville Cemetery's butterfly release ceremony on Aug. 26.

More than a hundred butterflies were released on Aug. 26 at the Marysville Cemetery as part of a ceremony to honor those who have passed away.

The Marysville Cemetery participated along with seven other cemeteries in the Pacific Northwest to release butterflies during the day.

Participants gathered in the afternoon at the cemetery and some chose to read some preselected quotes before the ceremony began.

The butterflies were delivered to the cemetery the night before and were kept hibernating in the refrigerator before being awoken for the event.

The event was meant to honor loved ones with butterflies used as a symbol of life and peace.

"We wanted to see the hundred butterflies released," said local Sheralyn Craig, who got to participate in releasing the butterflies.

"We've never seen it before, so we're quite interested," she said.

Local Sarah Smith brought her family to the event to see the butterflies.

"It was beautiful. It was very nice," she said.

"We wanted to come down so she [Smith's daughter] could see the butterflies. It's a learning experience," said Smith.

Smith said that they were planning on purchasing their own larvae soon to help her daughter learn about butterflies.

"We're going to start a kit," she said.

"It starts out as a larvae in a tub and they eat the stuff in there," and becomes a butterfly to eventually be released, said Smith.

The cemetery got the butterflies from a farm that produces classroom kits and provides the insects for a number of other event opportunities as well.

Christopher Andersson

Dylan Wolfe, center left, Sheralyn Craig, center, and Cassidy Wolfe, center right, release butterflies at the Marysville Cemetery's butterfly release ceremony on Aug. 26.

They are native to the area and are natural pollinators as well.

This is the first time that the Marysville Cemetery has help a butterfly release, but it may become an annual event to help locals honor loved ones who have passed away.

Family Services Counselor Beth Opel said that if the cemetery company thinks it's a good addition to the Marysville Cemetery then they will bring it back next year.

Marysville Cemetery is one of the eight Pacific Northwest cemeteries that are under StoneMor Partners that held butterfly release ceremonies this year.

Although this was the first year for Marysville, StoneMor's other cemeteries have held butterfly releases in the past.

More information about the Marysville Cemetery is available at their office at 8801 State Ave., Marysville or by calling their office at 360-659-5762.


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