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The Dragon Fly – A Very Special Custom Design

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At Jeff Walters Jewellers, we learn so much from our customers.  Some lessons are more profound than others.  Thank you, June, for allowing us the privilege of creating this beautiful, sentimental piece of jewellery for you to cherish forever.  Jeff customized a dragonfly for June.
In an email to us, June shares,

The design idea was from Arch in Sault Ste. Marie the beautiful story of
the dragon fly, the kindness and support of all staff at Arch, and the love
of my family. Each day I look in the mirror and remember the kindness of
others and the goal to pay it forward.  So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life.

Cheers Dad!

Arch is a hospice care facility located in Sault St. Marie, Ontario.  It offers palliative care to its clients and specializes in the care of people who are dying that aims to relieve suffering and improve quality of living and dying.
The dragonfly has become a symbol for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  It honors all people who have left this life.  For June, she acknowledges the loss of her father and salutes his journey “into his joyous new life”.
June, please accept our condolences on the loss of your father.  We are glad we could provide you with some measure of comfort with the creation of your dragonfly pendant. In sharing the whole story, below, we send a message of hope to all those who are grieving.

The Dragonfly Story (by Doris Stickney)

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.  Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.
When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.
Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew.
So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!