Why Butterflies

  Since the early centuries of the Christian Church, the butterfly has symbolized the resurrection and the life after death. The caterpillar signified life here on earth; the cocoon, death; and the butterfly, the emergence of the dead into a new, beautiful and freer existence .

  Frequently, the butterfly is seen with the word “Nika” which means victory. Elisabeth Kubler Ross movingly tells of seeing butterflies drawn all over the walls of the children' s dormitories in the World War II concentration camps. Since Elisabeth believes in the innate intuitiveness of children she concludes that these children knew their fate and were leaving us a message.

  The Compassionate Friends has adopted the butterfly as one of its symbols- a sign of hope to us that our children are living in another dimension with greater beauty and freedom.