Just like the butterfly, the dragonfly also symbolizes transformation. Dragonflies usually lay their eggs underwater on plants. Once the egg hatches they live in the water for up to a few years in this nymph stage. As the dragonfly grows, its skin splits open. This transformation process occurs multiple times and each time, the dragonfly keeps getting bigger and more developed. Once the dragonfly is ready for its last transformation, it climbs on a plant out of the water and grips the plant. Its skin splits open and this time the dragonfly walks out with wings! The warmth from the sun warms the dragonfly and the dragonfly starts breathing air and pumping blood throughout its body. This allows the dragonflies wings to straighten out.
The dragonfly starts as a nymph living in the water and ends as an air breathing adult. This metamorphosis is so beautiful. Gunner’s life on earth represents the dragonflies life in the water. And his life in heaven represents the dragonflies life flying around.