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Just Beyond Imagination

A tale of love, child loss, and friendship

May 2022

A beautiful story of persistent love in the face of loss.

Nora McInerny, author of No Happy Endings and host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast

Just Beyond Imagination, A Tale of Love, Child Loss, and Friendship is a gift book for parents who have lost a child. It is a compassionate fairy tale capturing the unimaginable grief surrounding the death of a child, with breathtaking watercolor illustrations and beautiful prose a bereaved parent can return to time and again.

In this story, a woman’s vision of motherhood is irrevocably changed when her son dies. Through the unbreakable connection between mother and child, the power of friendship, and visits from a little yellow butterfly, she discovers a conduit to the place just beyond imagination.


Many bereaved parents find symbols in the natural world that connect them to their child. The little yellow butterfly throughout the story comes from a personal experience my husband, Nathan, and I had just weeks after our baby, Jasper, died. We flew a kite on the beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, our respite in early grief. As we let down our guard to enjoy the beauty and peace of the moment, a little yellow butterfly appeared and danced with our kite. We consider this our first sign from Jasper that he was okay, at peace and at play.

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