St. Ann’s residents, staff embrace beauty of change

St. Ann’s Community releases monarch butterflies to recognize the past 15 months of the pandemic.

Residents, staff and families at St. Ann’s Community recently gathered to release butterflies in recognition of the challenging 15 months brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The release represented the transformative beauty and strength of the members of St. Ann’s, including the loved ones they had to say goodbye to. Participants shared experiences and discussed how the last year shaped them.  

St. Ann’s residents and their families gather to release butterflies to commemorate the challenging time brought on by COVID-19.

“The transformation I have witnessed in all of our elders has been just amazing,” said Sue Murty, vice president and administrator. “They taught us how to persevere. During those challenging times, we had each other.” 

St. Ann’s music therapist played soothing music in the background while 50 monarch butterflies peacefully fluttered about, symbolic to each individual in their own way.  

Residents and staff at St. Ann’s Community remember the loved ones they lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as their strength and resilience.

“Caterpillars undergo change to become butterflies,” said Sister Mary Lou Mitchell, director of pastoral care. “Like the caterpillar, we are not the same people we were prior to the pandemic.”  

St. Ann’s residents and staff share experiences and how the past 15 months shaped them.