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Butterfly Angel Brings Comforting Joy To Grieving Wife: “I Know It Was Him!”

'Woman’s World' reader Christianne Ashton Henderson received a sign from her late husband

On her husband’s birthday, Woman’s World reader Christianne Ashton Henderson was gifted a beautiful sign that comforted her.

Christianne’s Guardian Angel story told in her own words:

My beloved husband, Lester, passed away just as we were about to celebrate our 58th year of marriage. He had undergone chemotherapy for two years and two months when we were referred to hospice by his oncologist. Nine days later, he died.

We were comforted by our hospice chaplain praying the 23rd Psalm with Lester the minute that he went home to our Lord. In the coming days, I missed him terribly, and his children and grandchildren mourned his loss. They had all been an important part of his life, and he loved them dearly.

Three months later, my daughter, Aimee, and I went to the cemetery to celebrate his 80th birthday, taking beautiful flowers that had been dedicated to him at our church.

As we approached his graveside, we both said that we wished that we could know that he was able to hear us, because we were going to sing “Happy Birthday” to him, with tears, of course. We placed the flowers on the grave, held hands and began singing to him.

At that moment, a large butterfly fluttered in front of our faces, quickly disappearing. We sang happily and rejoiced because we knew that the butterfly was Lester saying, “I am with you.”

butterfly angel on tropical milkweed
Monarch on tropical milkweedGetty

Later, our entire family gathered to celebrate his birthday and enjoyed sharing many memories, delighting each other with wonderful stories of my husband, their father and grandfather.

The beautiful memories that he had left us were a magnificent legacy. As I walked the last family to their car and said goodbye, the same butterfly appeared directly in my face and immediately was gone.

Again, I knew that Les was telling me, “I am with you.” Yes, he had been with us, and we all thank our Father for sending the angel as a beautiful butterfly!

An Angel expert weighs in…

Angel expert, Sunny Dawn Johnston
Sunny Dawn Johnston

“Christianne shares a story of love and remembrance that touches the heart. On the day meant to celebrate her late husband Lester’s 80th birthday, she and her daughter visited his graveside with flowers and heavy hearts. But as they began to sing “Happy Birthday,” a moment of sorrow transformed into one of wonder when a large butterfly appeared…a timely visitor that brought a message of comfort,” says Sunny Dawn Johnson, a global authority on the angelic realm, with a portfolio of 22 books, including popular titles such as Invoking the Archangels, The Love Never Ends, and 365 Days of Angel Prayers. “Christianne’s experience reminds us that signs of connection can come in many forms, and even when fleeting, always bring a sense of peace.” Read more of Sunny’s insightful stories here.

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A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.

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