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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. – A a butterfly release ceremony on Mother’s Day at a Central Virginia cemetery honored moms who are no longer living.

Officials with Forest Lawn Cemetery said the event aimed to bring peace to those who have lost their mothers or for mothers who have lost their children.

Those who attended were provided an envelope with a butterfly to set free.

Organizers said the release can be a healing experience for those affected by loss.

"When you think of Mother's Day you think of spring, and you automatically think of butterflies,” Forest Lawn Cemetery Family Service Manager Heather Gilham said. “They are beautiful, and they take flight and take our wishes to heaven.”

The release also featured a special dance performance from a mother-daughter duo.

This is the second year the cemetery has held the event.