Inspira Health Network, Major Corporate Event Sponsor
Float Haven Spa, Major Event Sponsor
Pellegrino Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge, Food & Beverage Sponsor
Native Oak Studios, Event Photographer
On Sunday, May 7th, Three Little Birds hosted our annual Mother's Day Spa Retreat and Memorial Butterfly Release in honor of Bereaved Mother's Day!
Hosted at Float Haven Spa, a group of mamas from our nest had the opportunity to enjoy spa amenities like himalayan sea salt floats, ionic foot detoxes, salt room therapy, yoga/meditation and spiritual readings in an effort to pamper and support them during a difficult time of year.
Additionally, we had our legacy moms in attendance to share their experiences, their legacy projects and gave a comfort or support gift to the other moms. This included personalized Ollie Bears, a book and bookmark from Emerson's Library of Love, flowers from Xander's Nursery, personalized dream catchers from Grey Skies and more! Each mom got a chance to share how much healing they have received from parenting their baby through a legacy project. We are so grateful for our moms who shared and supported one another through the journey of pregnancy and infant loss!
MEMORIAL BUTTERFLY RELEASE
Later in the day, we hosted our nest of families for a memorial butterfly release. Nearly 100 families and their loved ones gathered to release a butterfly in their baby's memory around the labyrinth at Float Haven Spa. Families hung out as our babies fluttered around and made connections with other loss families.
Butterflies are beautiful and have mystery, symbolism, and meaning and are a metaphor representing spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope, and life. The magnificent, yet short life of the butterfly closely mirrors the process of spiritual transformation and serves to remind us that life is short.
The butterfly has long been a symbol in the pregnancy and infant loss community. It is hard to believe that the average lifespan of a butterfly is two weeks. Many families find connection in assigning butterflies as a symbol for their pregnancy, no matter the gestation, as a reminder that though brief, their life is still beautiful and impactful. One of our favorite sayings in our organization is that no two feet are too small to leave its impact on the world. Just as butterflies are an important part of our eco system and world, we are reminded that without them, it would be a much different world for all of us and their impact, though brief, is powerful.
Additionally, butterflies show us how we can go within ourselves to dissolve old forms and morph, rebuilding and evolving ourselves. For us to continue to not just survive, but thrive, particularly in loss, the butterfly can remind us of the importance of surrender and trust "as part of the essential process of growth and renewal.
Below are some photos from our butterfly release!