I’ve talked before about tattoos having personal meaning to those who get them. There are none more personal and meaningful than memorial tattoos. In the case of this particular tattoo, it symbolizes the grief of losing a child. As Jackie Rabbit says:
After her son was killed by a drunk driver this woman (along with her other sons and husband) came in to get this yellow butterfly as a memorial. She explained that the yellow butterfly is symbolic of a grieving parent.
There is a saying that a parent should never outlive their children. The loss of a child, no matter how old, is probably one of the most devastating events in a person’s life. For the owner of this butterfly, this is just one of many steps in dealing with the loss. Thankfully her family is also there, united in the face of tragedy.
Jackie works at Star City Tattoo in Roanoke, VA.