the early centuries, the butterfly has symbolized renewed life.
life here on earth; the cocoon, death; and the butterfly, the emergence
of the dead into a new, beautiful and freer existence. Frequently,
the butterfly is seen with the word "Nika," which means
victory. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross movingly tells of seeing butterflies
drawn all over the walls of the children's dormitories in the World
War II concentration camps. Since Elisabeth believes in the innate
intuitiveness of children, she concludes that these children knew
their fate and were leaving us a message. Many members of The Compassionate
Friends embrace the butterfly a symbol--a sign of hope to them that
their children are living in another dimension with greater beauty
and freedom - a comforting thought to many.