Annual Butterfly Release and Walk to Remember

Release a live butterfly in memory of a loved one….

Check back for our Spring 2020 event date

Thank you to everyone who joined us in 2019 for a sunny afternoon of ceremony, releasing live butterflies and walking in memory our loved ones

Sunday June 9 2019.  3:00-5:30pm. Doors open at 2:00
Location:  Beechwood National Cemetery of Canada

A special spring community memorial and fundraising event to honour and remember our loved ones. The event is open to the public.  Registration is required to purchase a butterfly to release in memory of your loved one.

The event begins with a remembrance ceremony in the Sacred Space inside the Beechwood National Memorial Center. It features live harp, piano and flute music, an inspirational reading and speaking the names of our loved ones.

From the ceremony, we move outside to the hill overlooking the garden and pond, to share a symbolic release of live butterflies.  Butterflies are a symbol of hope and transformation.

Lastly, a remembrance walk gives individuals an opportunity to reflect and share memories as they enjoy the beautiful gardens and peaceful grounds of the Beechwood National Cemetery.  At your own pace, complete a full or partial figure 8 walk.

Light refreshments follow.

This is an Annual Community Memorial Event & Fundraiser.  We hope you will join us and bring your family and friends to support both yourself and BFO at this beautiful event.

Registration Fee:
Adult (includes 1 butterfly) $40
Youth (18 yrs and under) FREE
Extra Butterfly $20
The event includes your loved one’s name on a big screen.  We are unable to accommodate this for registration at the door on event day. SOLD OUT. THERE ARE NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR

Help support Bereaved Families-Ottawa by collecting PLEDGES for your walk: 100% of pledges go to programs to support grieving families and individuals in Ottawa. Income tax receipts are issued for pledges/donations over $20.

The $40 Registration fee (includes 1 butterfly) is waived or refunded for every $100 in pledges collected in memory of your loved one. (if you collect $500, up to 5 registration fees are waived)

Download the pledge form 2019 Pledge Form for Walk to Remember

Bereaved Families-Ottawa receives $0 government funding. We rely on the generosity of fundraising, donations, and community support. Thank-you!

*NOTE:  Doors open at 2:00 – arrive early to sign-in, enjoy the outdoor gardens, and listen to the indoor harpist.*

Click Here to Register

Download a poster 2019 BFO-ButterflyReleasePoster

For more information – contact our office at 613-567-4278 or at


The ancient Native legend tells us that:
If anyone desires a wish to come true,
they must capture a butterfly and whisper
that wish to it.  Since they make no sound, they can’t tell
anyone but the Great Spirit.  So by making the wish
and releasing the butterfly, it will be taken to
the heavens and be granted.