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Butterfly release brings healing

Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 5/19 10:44 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — Ann Coggins lost her husband, Ralph, a few months ago.

"He was a wonderful man, and he gave us much love and fun," Coggins said.

She lost her father just weeks before that.

Both were at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice during their final days.

Since then, her family has been trying to heal.

"I know it's a difficult time for her, but we came to support her," Coggins' granddaughter, Shay, said.

Hospice workers held a butterfly release for families Sunday.

"We've all experienced loss, and we know that pain that comes with that," Bereavement Coordinator Jamie Grissom said.

They, too, are healing with the families who've lost loved ones.

"We all share this bond together," NMMC Hospice Director Ashley Harris said. "I think it is a powerful healing tool."

The butterflies are meant to symbolize change.

"They were a beautiful caterpillar, and now they're a beautiful butterfly," Grissom said. "That's life, you know. We transform throughout life."

Coggins believes the release did more than just help her heal.

"It made me draw closer to my family and the memory of my husband," Coggins said.

It also gave her the opportunity to bond with others dealing with the same loss.

"It helps to know that I'm not the only one," Coggins said.
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