This year our butterfly release services will have a significant but necessary change.
After being contacted with concerns about the use of live butterflies during our services, and following extensive research and discussion, SiMBA has agreed that live butterflies will no longer be released during our services for the benefit of the environment and to safeguard wildlife. We understand how meaningful this part of the service has been over the years and aim to continue holding the most special events to honour all our babies.
We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to reshape our events with your support. By sharing with us your baby’s name, or a name you know your baby by, we will create our own very special Butterfly Remembrance tribute at each event.
When you register for the service, instead of ordering a live butterfly, there will be a space to write your baby’s name, or the name you know your baby by. We will gather all the names shared with us to display on butterfly bunting. At the service, during our butterfly remembrance poem and music of reflection, we will display this beautiful bunting, and together we will honour all our babies in a positive and meaningful way.
On the day, alongside the Order of Service, you will also receive a packet of butterfly friendly wildflower seeds to take away and plant somewhere special to you, so we can all attract butterflies in their natural habitat.
We have listened and made this positive change to provide the best possible service for everyone. The important purpose of these occasions remains the same; bringing together family, friends, healthcare professionals, and the community to honour all our babies in a gentle and meaningful way.
People affected by baby loss are at the heart of what we do, and we aim to provide the best for every person who needs SiMBA. We hope that you will welcome this positive change, and we would be honoured to welcome you to our Butterfly Remembrance events.
With special thanks to the Scottish Government for funding these special occasions.