The fragile, short-lived butterfly is a symbol of love and beauty. In the East, it is thought that a dead wife may appear to her grieving husband in the guise of a butterfly. The butterfly can also indicate a love relationship between two older people. In Japan, the butterfly symbolizes a young girl turning into a woman. In China, it is associated with the joy and happiness of a young man in love. To dream of a butterfly is a sign of a long life, surrounded by love and beauty. A butterfly may appear in a dream after someone has died. This symbolizes the person's soul and its transformation after he or she has died.