The Butterfly


The butterfly is a symbol of hope,
the symbol of new life and
the symbol of those who are bereaved.
Before it becomes a butterfly though,
it must spend time in a cocoon.

We have to grieve, hurt, be angry, and
struggle to free ourselves from the cocoon of grief.
And one day we do emerge
– a beautiful butterfly
a stronger person,
a more compassionate person,
a more understanding person.

– Author unknown


Christian tradition views the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. According to the New Testament, Christ died on the cross, was buried in a tomb for three days, and came to life again to offer hope of life after death. For Christians, butterflies are especially significant symbols during the Easter season. The butterfly can be seen as the insect who “dies” as a caterpillar, is buried in the cocoon for a length of time, and emerges in a new life. Symbolically, butterflies are creatures with the ability to transcend the ordinary and take flight into the heavens. (Owlcation-edited)

“Transformation literally means going beyond your form.”
~ Wayne Dyer

The butterfly unquestioningly embraces the changes of her environment and her body. This unwavering acceptance of her metamorphosis is also symbolic of faith. Here the butterfly beckons us to keep our faith as we undergo transitions in our lives. She understands that our toiling, fretting and anger are useless against the turning tides of nature – she asks us to recognize the same. (Avia)

“For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” (1 Corinthians 15:52b)

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“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)

Metaphorically speaking, our children have become butterflies. We shall, one day, too.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)

18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

(((HUGS)))  Jude Gibbs, Author of ‘Gifts from the Ashes’ available at: Xulon PressAmazon, Barnes & Noble and DeeperShopping. Additional international retailers:,jude-gibbs-9781498496728

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4 thoughts on “The Butterfly

  1. I’ve always adored butterflies, but after my son was killed, he used them to reach me. Not every one is sent from him, there’s always significance in it’s appearance, when, where, how… Like the dish soap suds shaped like a butterfly the day I finally got the kitchen in order. The Eastern Swallowtail that flew in circles around Alyssa and I… SO many…

    I am grateful but it doesn’t make missing him any easier.


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