ST. CLOUD --Summertime by George was not the only event occupying the park tonight (Wednesday). Across the lake people gathered for the Quiet Oaks Hospice House's 2nd Annual Butterfly Release.

Joe Bauer and his wife Mary are the Co-Founders of Quiet Oaks. They put on this event to help families remember their loved ones.

Joe says people have been very supportive of what they do for families.

"We never get so much as a whisper of complaint from anyone."

Joe and Mary started Quiet Oaks after dealing with the passing of Joe's brother, and wanted to help families of those who had a love one that needed care.

Over the past two years Mary says she has noticed not only Quiet Oaks families attend but others who may have lost a loved one.

"We found that people who didn't have any connection to Quiet Oaks but lost a loved one come out and participate."

As for the meaning behind the butterfly release, Mary and Joe feel that the symbol of the butterfly has such a powerful meaning.

"We all want a connection to that loved one who is gone," says Mary. "I think the story and the creation of a butterfly ties in nicely with life, death, and rebirth."

 

People release their butterflies at the 2nd Annual Butterfly Release. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)