OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — Though COVID-19 has compelled Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky to cut again on direct volunteers, oblique volunteers have nonetheless been doing work challenging to generate a optimistic influence for hospice households.

Two such volunteers are Bonnie Nance and Mary Alice Riherd, learn gardeners who established the butterfly back garden exterior the Heartford Household and have been keeping it for the previous 4 a long time.

Nance and Riherd have been hospice volunteers considering the fact that 2013 on the volunteer landscaping committee headed by James Morgan, in accordance to hospice.

The Butterfly Back garden is a registered Butterfly Waystation by MonarchWatch.org.


A waystation acts as a butterfly habitat for Monarchs, offering nectar sources, milkweed and shelter needed to sustain the butterflies as they migrate south, said Nance.

The yard, she reported, was crafted to enable carry pleasure to residents who are nearing the conclusion of life and their families who go to them.

“It was her (Riherd’s) notion to put a butterfly back garden on the campus there she believed that the inhabitants would enjoy viewing the butterflies,” Nance said. “It’s a tricky time … for them.”

Also, she explained butterflies are symbolic for rebirth and transformation, which is a fitting concept for the Heartford Dwelling and its shoppers.

“It’s very much a joint issue,” Nance reported. “We’ve been doing the job alongside one another on it, and each of us maintain it. It’s anything we both of those delight in performing, giving again to the neighborhood, and primarily the citizens and the families at the Heartford Home.”

Adding to the butterfly topic, she claimed, is the butterfly bench sculpture beside the backyard, which is intended to welcome readers as they generate up to the Heartford Household.

The bench was also Riherd’s plan immediately after she observed a comparable bench in Muhlenberg County and assumed it would make a great addition to the backyard garden.

The bench, Nance reported, is also in memory of the two her and Riherd’s mothers, who have been also avant gardeners.

Nance and Riherd donated money to have the bench designed, as very well as for the concrete foundation the place it is installed. Lanham Brothers, an Owensboro contracting firm, made available volunteer products and services to help install the bench.

“We offer you our honest appreciation to Mary Alice and Bonnie for their ongoing devotion and lots of contributions to the Heartford Property, as properly as the Lanham Brothers, the volunteer Landscape Committee, and all the volunteers, people today, clubs, companies and companies who have donated their time, skills and funding as a result of the decades to make the Heartford Property grounds and landscaping so gorgeous for our clients, households, readers and personnel,” Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky said in an announcement. “We are regularly humbled and definitely grateful for the involvement and help.”

While hospice is not in a position to implement volunteers who aid with immediate patient desires at this time due to COVID-19, volunteer coordinator Edna Duggins reported oblique volunteers these types of as Riherd, Nance and Morgan, in addition to immediate volunteers who could not be presently energetic, are assets to the hospice facility and its mission.

“We’re serving people today who are at the finish of life, and we worth the involvement and contribution of our volunteers,” she stated. “They are just a great assist, not only for the families we serve, but to our staff members as properly.

“Hospice was established by volunteers, and they continue being an integral part of the companies we give. We’re just blessed with volunteers who are truly compassionate men and women.”