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Butterflies from Heaven: A Children's Book That Heals Hearts after a Death in the Family

Butterflies from Heaven: A Children's Book That Heals Hearts after a Death in the Family

by Jennifer Minnite


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Butterflies From Heaven is a heart warming story about hope and healing after loss. The story begins with six-year-old Sophia getting ready for her first day back at school after the death of her baby brother. With the help of her wise grandmother's inspirational story about butterflies from heaven, Sophia realizes that there is hope after the loss of a loved one and comes back to pass on what she has learned to her family.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984916801
Publisher: Butterflies From Heaven Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 46
Sales rank: 1,153,798
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 3 Years

About the Author

Jennifer Minnite and her husband have three amazing children and one special child up in heaven. Her third child was born with a very rare heart defect and lived for only 12 days. After he passed away, she wrote Butterflies from Heaven to help heal her heart and to explain her son's death to her family in a way that young children could understand.

Her goal is to offer healing and understanding for the pain families experience after death that gives them hope for the future. She hopes everyone who reads Butterflies from Heaven will feel connected to their loved ones who have passed on.

What People are Saying About This

Kelly Maher

This book sends a message of love, hope and healing to all children and their parents. All families need this book. It could easily become a classic like Love You, Forever.
—Kelly Maher (Kindergarten Teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District)

Maria Bracamonte

This book is a testament to the strength and healing a family can gain from keeping a child's memory alive. It speaks to the all encompassing love and loss a family suffers when a child passes away.
—Maria Bracamonte (MSW, Pediatric Oncology Social Worker, UCSF Children's Hospital)

Michele Clasen

Butterflies From Heaven spoke to my heart. I wish I had this book to help my daughter understand the death of her twin brother eight years ago.
—Michele Clasen (Second Grade Teacher, Pleasanton Unified School District)

Noni Zukin

This book is a sensitively written, heartwarming story which will bring comfort to families who have lost a child. To be able to stay connected with that child through the beauty that surrounds us in nature is something both surviving siblings and their parents can embrace.
—Noni Zukin (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)


A Conversation with Jennifer Minnite, Author of Butterflies From Heaven

Interview by Donna Sozio

Why did you write Butterflies From Heaven?

After my baby's death, I found a lot of clinical information, but nothing comforted my heart. I wrote Butterflies from Heaven to help children and families begin to heal their hearts after an unexpected death in the family.

You have received a lot of praise for your book being very gentle and loving. Why do you think that is?

Every year, more than 12,500 families suffer the devastating loss of a young child in America alone. It's a heartbreaking statistic. I wanted to focus on healing the heart and coming together as a family. I think that is why Butterflies from Heaven has been so well received. Sometimes it takes someone who went through it herself to understand what begins to heal the heart.

What advice do you have for parents who have suffered the loss of a child?

No one is ready for this news. The baby that you had hopes and dreams for that was supposed to be a part of your family has died. There was nothing you could do or could have done to change this. My heart and support are with you. This is a journey you will never forget and one you didn't ever plan on taking. But you are here. And one day, I promise, you will find peace. You will survive. My wish for you is to know that it is possible to heal your heart.

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