Sunday, September 28, 2014


Butterflies, what beautiful creatures. They have a unique quality about them, changing from caterpillar to butterfly. I have not thought about them much. 

The other day, our child life specialists, Beth, was at the house working with both kids. There activity for the day was to make a butterfly out of tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Beth always has a reason for her activities, the kids don't get that, but that is one reason she is so good. 

Sometimes, Beth will call me after her visits to fill me in. Which is what she did after this visit because it seemed to have a lot of meaning for Becca.  Beth told Becca that some people view butterflies as a symbol for transitions or soul. I have to say, I hate the fact that my 11 year-old has to have these conversations at all, but I love our team, along with Brian and I are doing everything we can to make sure her transition is as easy as it can be. I decided to look into the meaning behind butterflies ... there are many symbolic meanings associated with the butterfly. Different sites had different meanings.

Symbolic Butterfly Meanings
  • Time
  • Soul
  • Grace
  • Elegance
  • Expansion
  • Lightness
  • Surrender
  • Transition
  • Expression
  • Celebration
  • Resurrection
  • Vulnerability
While working with Becca, Beth explained that sometimes butterflies are considered as the souls of those who have passed away. What a wonderful way to look at it...looking at the whole process as a beautiful thing.

Another meaning...the butterfly symbolizes new life from the old one....this can be looked at in many different ways....for me I choose for this to be the new life we will have once has passed whenever that shall be...helping me to come to terms with our new "normal" at that time. 

When I started this particular blog, I was not sure where I was going with it, part of me is still not sure where I am going with it...but for now it is done....look at our beautiful butterflies. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Marlene Ettlin Beautiful!!!!!

Jennifer Larsen Orlando Beautiful!

Lisa Goldberg Burgunder I love this one. Beth is so talented, thoughtful and creative. I'm so glad both kids have her.

Jennifer Paradise Baker I love butterflies so glad your kids enjoyed making them.,

Jay Weiner As always, Marci, this is beautiful and touching. Thanks for sharing.

Carye George Everett Beautiful way of helping everyone! I certainly learned a new way to think about butterflies!

Gina Cohen I've always loved butterflies & so did my grandma. After she passed, i got a butterfly tattoo as a memorial.

Carye George Everett I was doing a math lesson today and the pictures that went with the lesson were butterflies. I thought about you guys all day and thought how I could use your story with my boys since so many of them lost their fathers. I just have to figure out a way to incorporate it. Hope you had a good day!💗

Ruth Cohen Ross Butterflies are so beautiful, they live a short life, but one so uplifting! They leave beautiful memories behind. Very appropriate project! Love to you all.