Silver Butterfly Wings
A story of transformation, from bitter loss to hope, to life after death.
Silver Butterfly Wings is my story. It’s a story of transformation, of the many paths and decisions I faced while going through the process of grief.
My husband had died and I was utterly shattered; could not imagine a life without him. Then signs from the other side appeared, filling me with hope: flickering lights, hawks flying overhead, our song on the radio, a butterfly’s silvery wings, a hot spot on his side of the bed.
At first I was sceptical. How could my dearly departed be sending signs and messages from across the veil? Over time I learned to trust these signs, these gifts from Spirit. There was a reason I was still here. I was meant to go on, to live my life with passion. I was to figure out who I was becoming in this totally different world and trust that life was taking me where I was meant to be.
In short, I was to transform - like a butterfly.
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The subject of how to communicate after physical death with those you have left behind has been the subject of many conversations. Oddly enough, one of the most quoted methods is via butterflies, perhaps because their fragile, almost ethereal beauty seems to typify spirit in its purest form. In this new book the author, Wendy Willow, an intuitive palm reader, numerologist, and speaker describes her journey following the death of her much-loved husband. She describes the absolute grief and desolation she felt until she gradually started to notice what was occurring around her. She began to notice little things that gave her hope that her husband was communicating with her from the ‘other side’. Things like flickering lights, or hawks flying overhead, their favourite song on the radio and especially the silvery wings of a butterfly. Of course, this could be put down to coincidence, or synchronicity, or some other effect caused by her overwhelming grief, but it soon became clear that these were no chance events but were structured and deliberate. The book also functions as a source of comfort for the bereaved because it is clear that we can communicate with those we have loved and lost, and love can be eternal. Highly recommended. Phenomena magazine MARCH 2023 - ISSUE 167 ~ Phenomena Magazine, Review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. Silver Butterfly Wings, is one woman’s journey through the grief of losing her much loved husband and how she emerged from the other side and learns to live again. Wendy’s journey was heartbreaking. Trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one is never easy. I am a believer in an afterlife. And I was so touched by Wendy’s beautiful writing and especially how she took comfort in the small signs that came to her from the other side. I know the concept of spiritualism and the possibility of an after life isn’t for everyone. However this true story cannot fail to touch the heart of even the most sceptical amongst us. This is an outstandingly beautiful book, that will give anyone who is struggling with grief, hope in their darkest hour. ~ Sarah Kingsnorth (Reviewer), NetGalley
Passion - Raw Emotion - Ideas to Challenge you Wendy clearly has a strong voice and style of writing which she uses beautifully in Silver Butterfly Wings. Her words are filled with passion and raw emotion as she paints a picture that not only draws you into her story but immerses you into her life, so you become part of the journey alongside her and not an outsider. Grief is something that touches us all at one time or another, sometimes it’s a small part of our world and sometimes it becomes all-encompassing, and the grief is all we can see, feel, and hear. What I love about this book from Wendy is that she openly shows us her grief but also her joy in the small moments as she navigated her changed life. Although I read frequently with tears in my eyes, I didn’t come away feeling sad or depressed, I came away feeling hopeful. I was left feeling inquisitive; wondering what small nuances and signs from the universe I could already be missing on a day-to-day basis as I rush through life moving from one event to another. What Wendy shares through her book is more profound than grief alone, she shows us that if we are willing to stop, to truly stop, and to look and listen to our surroundings then we can find joy and wonder and hints from the universe to guide us on our path. No matter where you are in life right now this is a beautiful and I highly recommend you grab a cuppa and settle in to read it. BLOG POST: https://laurab-empoweredwords.com/are-there-lessons-to-learn-in-grief/ ~ Laura B - Empowered Words, Amazon UK
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The Reality of Widowhood: This book was disturbing to read yet hard to put down. A poignant look at losing the love of your life. I understand my friend's heart sorrow so much better now. I hold my husband a little closer. ~ Cheryl (Reviewer), Amazon.com
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Love and Grief: The journey of finding yourself after losing your spouse. The sadness, guilt and anger one goes through is the same even in other loss. The amazing signs and memories that let you know they still watch over you. ~ GalofWyo (Review), Amazon.com
Brilliantly written. This pure, from the heart, intoxicating account of Wendy’s journey through personal loss; and how sweet and tender signs from the other-side guided her through a transition of life, was exhilarating to say the least. Through this read, I learned so much about this inspiring author. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to "preview" Silver Butterfly Wings. ~ Brenda Crucq, Canada, Review Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. I appreciated having been given the opportunity to read an advance copy of Wendy Willow's account of the death of her husband and how she found comfort during her grief from many small occurrences. In many other ways, I found Wendy and David's story paralleled the one my husband and I experienced during my husband's illness and eventual death. My husband and David both had long declines that each of them knew had only one outcome. Wendy's story has given me the hope that I will eventually work through my grief. I think anyone who reads it will find something of comfort to help with the roller-coaster of emotions a widow experiences. Some of these are common to anyone who has lost a beloved family member however others are unique to women who suddenly find themselves facing life alone. I believe Silver Butterfly Wings will be treasured by all who read it. ~ Jann (Reviewer) , GoodReads
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. After losing my grandad 8 years ago who for all intents and purposes was my dad, I found this book extremely helpful in dealing with the grief I still feel on a daily basis. I have now learned to trust any sign that my intuition believes is from him. This book has helped so much dealing with my grief and self recovery. ~ Hayley Hodgson (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Running at a solid 400 pages, Silver Butterfly Wings is one of those books that you inquiringly pick up at the store, glance through, but still decide to start from the beginning and then, out of nowhere, you are four hours in, have unknowingly cried way more than you knew, but have now also mentally opened up a hopeful shaft of light within you that an after-life connection with your own departed loved one could also now be searched for. For this book is just that good. FULL REVIEW: https://annecarlini.com/ex_books.php?id=379 ~ Exclusive Magazine, Review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book may be triggering for some to read, due to the topics of grief in it but it might also help some people who are grieving the loss of someone they loved. It’s so beautifully written. ~ Chelsea Simpson (Reviewer), NetGalley
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. This book is dedicated to all those who are grieving after the death of a loved one. When the author's husband dies, she deals with grief daily and finds comfort in different signs and messages that give her hope that there is life after death even though that love never dies. Wendy finds herself on a journey to find herself again. Even though this journey is full of hardship, in the end, is transformative. This book gives hope and encouragement, that every grieving person can arrive from overwhelming heartache and loss to a place of comfort, strength, and peace. It is written beautifully, with great compassion, intuition, and understanding of how people feel when they lost someone dear to them. ~ Mana M (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. This book really got into me. I am 1 of 11 siblings. The 1 that is still living. The hardest thing was being a caregiver to my Mom, and twin sister. But, as Wendy did, I was never ready to let to go of everyone. So, this was one that had me in tears most of the time. But, I would do it all again, to learn and no what-ifs. Beautiful read and I am sure helps to let go, ready or not. ~ Edna Gadoury (Reviewer), NetGalley
Silver Butterfly Wings perfectly captures the confusion, half-understood conversations, and conflicting emotions of early grief. The narrative moves with ease from the distractions of the concrete practicalities that accompany death to a quiet Otherworldly divine place of “pure, radiant Love.” Willow’s honest and skillful storytelling immediately pulled me into the narrative, and I stayed with her, coffee cup in hand, throughout this beautifully-told sacred story. A must-read for anyone who has lost a loved one and knows intuitively that Love endures. ~ Kim Harrison, PhD, writer, poet and author of Just Write Poetry: 3 Weeks of Prompts to Establish a Daily Writing Practice.
A beautifully written, powerful and sensual account of personal loss and transformation that sweeps the reader from the cruel reality of physical death to the strength of pure and enduring love, heralded by signs and messages of life after life. I felt myself wince, smile, chuckle and hold my breath but I couldn’t stop reading! ~ Constance C.F. Golden,Ph.D, author of Healing Roots and Leaves of the Heart