Dragonfly story commemorates loved ones

Published: November 2, 2021

An embroidered river bed showing small water bugs crawling up reeds out of the water and paper dragonflies flying awayChristchurch and English Bicknor Churches used the ‘Waterbugs and Dragonflies‘ book by Doris Stickney as a basis for their All Souls’ Service on Sunday.

All Souls’ Day falls on 2 November or can be celebrated on the closest Sunday to that day. It is a day when Christians can pray for and remember those who have died.

The book ‘Waterbugs and Dragonflies’ explains death in an accessible way. The waterbugs are happy together, living in the pond, but when they are ready, they leave the pond and transform into dragonflies. The dragonflies find a new and wonderful world outside the pond, but their transformation means they are unable to visit their underwater friends to share their joy and delight.

Sally Whittington sewed a beautiful display (left) and made the dragonflies for people to write on.

Sandie Bradley said, “Many people who had lost loved ones in recent years attended this service and found the story helpful. Part of the service was to bring forward their dragonfly with the names of loved ones written on them.”

The Diocesan Growing Faith and Spirituality Officer, the Revd Jo Weatherall, produced a video showing ways to use this book to help children understand death.

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