Sunday, 13 May 2012

From finding hope to giving hope - White Butterfly Reflection Service 2012





It's hard to believe that has been two years since I had first heard of The White Butterfly Project and attended a Reflection Service. Attending the Reflection Service in 2010 opened the door of my heart to healing from the grief I had experienced from the loss to miscarriage. Later on in the same year, I attended a White Butterfly Retreat where I learned to embrace my grief and loss journey.
This year I had the honour of sharing part of my story at the White Butterfly Reflection Service. As I reflected on all that had happened over the last 2 years, I marveled at how God had brought me so far along in my journey, that I was now able to stand up and share my story. And in doing so, give other people hope in their own journey. 


Vanessa Hoyes founder of Soul Centre and Pastor of Generation Church who lost a child at 20 weeks. 
Birgit Peterson Glasson White Butterfly Project  Counsellor/Facilitator who has lost 6 babies including twin to her 7 year old son.




Shane and his wife have lost 2 children to miscarriage and shared from a father's perspective.

Me sharing my story.

Pare who lost a child at 37 weeks 23 years ago also shared her story.






Placing blossoms on the tree to represent our babies.
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White Butterfly Project angels and leather wrist bands.
(These are great as a  gift if you don't know what to say to someone who has experienced
 a loss through pregnancy or infancy.)
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Wearing my leather wrist bands to remember my daughter that I will one day see in Eternity.

After the service an elderly gentlemen approached me, thanked me and kissed me on the cheek. It was such a brief encounter, but one I find myself thinking about. As he walked off I wondered what his story was. Did he come to the Reflection Service to acknowledge a loss of his own?

His 'thank you' and kiss on the cheek impacted me. In one divine moment this man represented my Heavenly Father. And it was as if God Himself was kissing me on the cheek, thanking me His daughter, for sharing my story and giving people hope.



Still taking lessons from the King,






11 comments:

  1. thanks for sharing, it bought a tear to my eye reading it. have you read the book "heaven is for real" it is a great book and helped me with my healing journey :)

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    1. Thanks meek. I haven't read that book, but I have seen part of a video documentary about the book with the part about the little boy telling his mum he had met his sibling in Heaven. We did a series on Heaven last year at our church and they played it.

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  2. so proud of you Jo, that reflection service looks so beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. The reflection service is so beautiful and Heaven breathed on the service that morning xo

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  3. Wow Jo, this post is beautiful as are the photos capturing the service. What a special way to remember little lost ones and to honor the grieving process. Thanks so much for sharing! So important for us all to understand even a little bit of the pain of loss.

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    1. It is a very special way to remember our little ones that have gone before us. xo

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  4. A beautiful post and a wonderful idea. The elderley gentleman must have a story to tell...

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    1. Thank you Liz. It is a beautiful service. I do wonder what story the elderly gentleman has to tell too xo

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  5. Thank you for this moving and beautiful post.

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  6. Thank you Jo :'o)

    It brought a tear to my eye as I read and the pictures brought a new level of healing in my heart for the wee person I can't wait to meet in heaven one day. Thank you for the reminder that heaven is for real and so is my baby even though the only evidence I have of that person is my pregnancy test ... my heart still grieves for what might have been but was not ...

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Jo Princess Warrior xo