Is a butterfly just a butterfly, or could it be the soul of a loved one? In My Mommy Is a Butterfly, eight-year-old Shelly thinks she knows the answer to that question when the power of love, the belief in angels, and a very special butterfly give her a reason to have hope.
This heartwarming story of everlasting love teaches children that our feelings of love survive the death of the physical body and keep us connected forever. This unique approach to comforting a grieving child encourages the child to focus on the power of love and to have faith and trust in a continuing bond with their loved one.
Children who are grieving commonly see signs from spirits because their hearts and minds are naturally open. These signs are known as after-death communications, or ADCs, and children are among the estimated 60-120 million Americans who experience them. Signs may include dreams, visions, auditory messages, or simply sensations of a presence.
The author hopes that this book will empower children and inspire them to see death not only as an ending, but also as a new beginning of a different type of relationship—one that shows them that love doesn't die.
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"Michelle Beber's new book, My Mommy Is a Butterfly, expertly and gently explains how love endures long after our physical bodies die. It is an age appropriate story that is well illustrated and poignant. Michelle draws from her past experiences to introduce children to the concept of after-death communications and continuing bonds with deceased loved ones in a very powerful manner.... A great resource for any human services professional working with children and families who are dealing with challenges presented by loss due to death." —David Roberts, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Utica College, Past Huffington Post Contributor, and Bereavement Specialist
"This is a wonderful book explaining to children that love does not end because someone has died. It is easy to read and understand but has a profound message for children as well as for adults who might be reading it to them. Clinicians who work with grieving children will find this a valuable resource.” —Marilyn A. Mendoza, PhD, Psychologist, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at Tulane Medical Center, Author of We Do Not Die Alone, and Featured Writer for Psychology Today
Balboa Press, paperback, July 2018, ISBN: 978-1982205379