Post # 1
Hi all, my SIL passed away, and we want to do a butterfly release after her funeral. We think her kids will like it, and every time they see a butterfly, they will hopefully think it’s her coming to say hi.
Has anyone done a butterfly release at their wedding? If so how did it work, any tips? I ordered 50 butterflies in individual envelopes for the family to release after mass.
Post # 3
@BrooklynWife: So sorry for your loss! 🙁 Hugs! I’m just popping into *bump* to hope you find someone who has done this!
Post # 4
Just be careful where you keep them. I saw this on one of the wedding shows and they just fell to the ground…I think half of them were dead! 🙁
Post # 5
@BrooklynWife: I’m so sorry about your loss. As PP said you should really find a practical way to keep them alive. Butterflies are very delicate and I can’t imagine one would stay alive for long in an envelope. Personally I consider it animal cruelty but if it has special meaning to you then good luck!
Post # 6
Please, please don’t do this. It’s cruelty to animals. The butterflies rarely live, and then what you’re doing is dropping dead butterflies on the ground, which is not exactly the sentiment you’re going for.
Post # 7
@pengoala Thank you so much for the kind words, hug, and bump.
I actually found out that there is a butterfly preserve 15 minutes from where the funeral is, and we are having a staff member come out to deliver the butterflies and help us with the release.
I don’t see how butterfly releases are animal cruelty…they are just taking them from the butterfly sanctuary and we are releasing them back into the wild.
The sanctuary said they do this all of the time. We are lucky in that they are local and they can deliver them straight to us, but they do also ship them all over the country. The cold, dark, damp shipping containers put the butterflies into hibernation, and if you follow the rules on how to take care of them pre-release they will be alive when it’s time for release. I doubt a natianally known and respected butterfly sanctuary (whose main priority is for the conservation of and educating people about butterflies) would do this if it was, in fact, animal cruelty.