Posted 22 July 2007 - 11:19 PM
I'm not sure if this is the proper forum to ask (if it's not, I apologise and please move it to the appropriate forum), but I have a question regarding losing a loved one and butterflies. Is it true that butterflies are known as symbols of communication after death? I have just read this on another site. I am asking this because my father died almost a year ago (on July 28), and the day he died and in the immediate days after, I saw a lot more butterflies than usual. I mean they seemed to fly around close by if I was outside on the patio and quite often. We would see them every now and then around before he passed away, but nothing like this. Now, my dad was one that loved the outdoors and was always outside, working in the yard and that kind of thing. He loved nature in all respects. To add a twist to this, a little over a week ago, on Friday, we had to put our beloved 12 year old (he would have been 12 in September) golden retriever to sleep due to cancer. My dad loved this dog and the dog loved my dad. Usually if you saw my dad, the dog was nearby, always laid at his feet at night when my dad was watching tv, etc. The day we had to take the dog in to be euthanized (one of the hardest things we've ever had to do), we put him in the back of the truck and we came inside to get our stuff to go. When I came inside the door, I turned around and looked back out at the truck and the dog (the rear of the truck was facing the door) and there was this large butterfly flying above the bed of the truck and the dog. As soon as I saw it, I immediately thought of my dad. Maybe that was just coincidental, but it just seemed so appropriate and just like after my dad died. So, I really am curious if there is a connection with butterflies and death. If anyone has any insight at all to this, I would love to hear it.