Butterfly Release Memorial













On Saturday, Levine Children's Hospital held the Butterfly Release Memorial for all the children from the NICU who went to Heaven this past year. It was a very beautiful memorial and we were able to celebrate the lives of all the children who fought so hard and left a mark on many hearts.

Every year, the NICU staff donates a brick to a special little angel and this year they had more than one. Kayleigh was one of those who received a special brick and it was already placed on the walkway at Frazier Park near downtown Charlotte, NC.

Tears were flowing as the gospel choir sang Amazing Grace and as poems were read aloud. When the butterflies took to the air and fluttered to the sky, all heads were raised with smiles that broke through all saddened faces and comfort surrounded our hearts.

Thank you so much to all the Levine Children's Hospital NICU doctors, nurses and staff who took care of our precious Kayleigh as well as all the other children. You certainly made this day a special one for all of us to remember.

God Bless you ALL!

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow...that is so awesome. Our prayers are with all the families....

TheSooner7

Laura said...

That sounds like a great hospital that cares deeply about their patients and their families!

Val said...

I can only imagine how beautiful that was to see. I still think of your family every day.

Hope said...

That is so beautiful that they do that every year! God Bless those workers for treating those sick children and God Bless the children who have both past on and who are still with us today! God Bless you and Aimee... you are a beautiful family!

The mom of 4 monkeys! said...

What a special moment for all of you. The picture of Aimee's hand releasing the butterfly is unbelievably beautiful! You should get it blown up and framed.
God Bless you all!
I miss you sweet Kayleigh!

Anonymous said...

Wow how amazing you all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers I miss Kayleigh so much what an angel she was and still is! Praying for many blessing for your family!
Summer & Family in California

Erika said...

So sweet. This post made me cry. Kayleigh will always be remembered. My heart goes out to you guys. I know that Kayleigh is in Heaven now and that's a good thing, but it's so hard on the family she's left behind. That's at least how I feel about my girls in Heaven. I miss them so much, and my heart hurts even though I know they are in that "better place." Sending you love...

margaret said...

How wonderful. What a wonderful hospital to honour Kayleigh's life and what she meant to them.

Heather said...

Adam-anything you write brings tears to my eyes. Even if it is a happy post, it still make my eyes well up with tears. What a special day that must have been for you and your family. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kirsten: said...

I love the butterfly release! I'm so glad sweet Kayleigh got a brick! :)

Carol Ann said...

How beautiful! I'm glad to see your family is doing well. Y'all are still in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Take care.
The Nadeaus

Jennifer and Daniel said...

Absolutely Beautiful !! God Bless all of you, and God Bless you
Little Angel Kayleigh. You have touched so many lives with your beautiful story, your daughter was truly an inspiration.

Kara Nicholson said...

Such a nice thing for the hospital to do! Your family is in our prayers always!

Adam and Sherry said...

O- Adam and Aimee that is so beautiful!!! What a wonderful thing to be a part of. I am so happy that we have gotten to be a very small part of Kayleigh's amazing little life. And we are so happy that we have gotten to know your family:)

Jenifer said...

That's Amazing they do that to remember the children

4 Lettre Words said...

What an amazing tribute...and hospital.

Lovely photos, Adam.

Michele said...

How beautiful.

Karen said...

What an amazing tribute to all the little angels. There still isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about your family & sweet little Kayleigh. I still pray for you all every day.
God Bless,
Karen

Holly said...

What a beautiful memorial!

Misty Rice said...

That's so beautiful.... miss this sweet little girl and her bright eyes.

A butterfly, an angel... so precious she was.

God Bless.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing to me how much I can miss this little girl I never even met! I still think of and pray for your family often. The butterfly pictures are great! Hugs!!

Shalyn said...

What a Wonderful Way to Honor the Babies that Bless our hearts but not our homes :)That's awesome Kayleigh received a brick at the park in her honor :)

Jenn said...

Ah, and the tears flow once again! As many of the other posters it is amazing how many times I think about Kayleigh and how much I miss seeing her beautiful pictures!

Levine's Hospital is such a speacial hospital, I am glad to know that they care so deeply.

Sending love and prayers towards you guys.

Jenn

Hopeful Terri said...

That was amazing... How sweet. Thank you to all the NICU nurses, and doctors. My little one attended by the NICU staff for 5 days - thank you.

Bless your family --

Ms. Sarah said...

beautiful

Melissa G. said...

Wow, that was beautiful.

jan kessler said...

It is so amazing. Adam, you and Aimee are so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing Kayleigh with us. She is amazing little girl who has touched so many lives. You and Aimee have truly touched my life and I thank you guys for that. I believe than I will be a better nurse because of it. Thank you for sharing your lives with me. You guys have touched my heart deeply.
God Bless,

Jan

ALISHA EDMONDS said...

That is such a wonderful thing for the hospital to do for the families of lost children. It looks like it was such a beautiful ceremony. Glad things are going well.

Forever in our thoughts and prayers
Alisha, Jay, Josh and Ryan
www.ryanschd.blogspot.com

Shawna&Co. said...

WOW! I can only imagine how proud you were to stand up in front of everyone and have your daughter honored in that way. I wish I could have seen the butterflies :)

Jen and Bernardo said...

What a wonderful post and perfect way of celebrating these little angels. I wish I could have seen the beautiful site. Thanks for sharing.

Nichol said...

Truly beautiful. I can just imagine how beautiful it must have been. God bless!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate Kayleigh and the other NICU angels. We will be celebrating my nieces' birth on Oct 20th and remebering her death on the 26th. They will all forever be in our hearts.

Mrs. G said...

This is amazing! Prayers go out to you and your family!

daisy2biker said...

I just had to mention, I read your blog and prayed for your precious Kayleigh. I can't even imagine what your family has gone through. I just heard a new song (at least to me) the other day and it just really reminded me of your precious angle. It is Heaven is the Face by Steven Curtis Chapman.
Also, What a beautiful thing the hospital does for the NICU families.
I am sure Kayleigh is smiling down on all of you.
~Bekky

The Snyder's said...

Wow!! I have been slacking on my blogging!! This is truly an amazing deal.. Wow.. I know at Christmas last year they did a memorial service for Samuel and the others that passed at the hospital down here.. God bless YOU!!

ButterflyRelease said...

Love this!!!! Butterfly releases are amazing! I would like to use your pictures in my butterfly release pictures.

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