Bye Bye Butterfly

A heartfelt story to help children understand that some things stay and some things go, that change and loss are ever present in our lives. Although some losses involve the death of a loved one or pet, children experience losses causing grief such as moving, changing schools, loss of friendships, a retiring favorite teacher, divorce or separation of parents, not make a team, and changes in themselves. The interactive reflections at the end of the story allow children to explore their feelings and validate their grief. A book about hellos and goodbyes.

Category: Grief, Death, Bereavement, Loss, Family Life, Marriage & Divorce, Emotions

32 Pages
Jan 2024

“We are all traveling down the same road; we just arrive at different times.”

~ J.I. Willett

Award Winning Author

Several years ago, Janice experienced a low in her life that so many of us can relate to. As she questioned her purpose, she turned to God for guidance. That was the monumental pivoting point wherein she left her unfulfilled life, including a 33 year career in the service industry, and used her savings to live and follow the path that led to writing the books that bring peace and comfort to so many. 

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“Bye Bye Butterfly” is a very warm book that captures the reader’s attention in a gentle and entertaining manner to tell a poetic story about grief and loss. The introduction to adults is written with clarity, and the reflection questions at the end of the book are appropriate for loss of any kind. 

Reader Reviews

Discover comfort in understanding loss with “Bye Bye Butterfly,” the heartfelt book by Chaplain Janice Willett. This compassionate guide gracefully navigates the delicate topics of grief and death by offering gentle insights in helping children cope with loss while embracing the transformative journey of healing.

– Ken Ross, President,
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (EKR) Foundation

One of my favorite things about “Bye Bye Butterfly” is the way it leaves to the child’s imagination what might have happened to the butterfly, while acknowledging that saying goodbye is hard no matter the reason.  The thought-provoking questions at the end not only encourage conversation, but also encourage the child to find the “silver lining,” the things the child is grateful for in that being that is gone.

Stephanie M. Garrity, Executive Director,
Rainbows for All Children

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