Exploring Hope

June 14, 2017

It is normal to feel very sad after someone special dies. Even when we feel sad, we can also feel hopeful that things will feel better as time goes on. The following activity explores how feelings of hope for the future can be interwoven throughout the grieving process through creation of a butterfly.

Many people look at butterflies or moths as symbols of hope. Butterflies and moths often have interesting patterns and colors on their wings. Sometimes these patterns provide camouflage for safety, vibrant colors for visibility, and intricate designs for uniqueness.  As you create your butterfly or moth, think about patterns, colors and designs that represent your hopes for the future.


Supplies Needed to Create a Butterfly

4 Coffee Filters


One Popsicle Stick



  1. Lay out four coffee filters face down.
  2. Fold each coffee filter in half.
  3. Fold each filter in half again. Now you have your butterfly wings.
  4. Glue together the four the pointed corners, forming the “center” of the butterfly.
  5. Cut the outside edges of the filters to shape the wings.
  6. Glue a popsicle stick in the center.
  7. Decorate your butterfly with colors and designs that represent what it means for you to feel safe, loved, and hopeful.
  8. Hang your butterfly somewhere you can see it each day.

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