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.|
|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.)
|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,