Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest- Psalm 55:6
Since the beginning of recorded history tranquility and peace have been associated with the dove. The releasing of a dove at a memorial or funeral is an appropriate way of saying goodbye, letting that person go to start their spiritual journey.
Our most popular release is our trinity release. We have a chapel that is designed to hold three doves. The doves represent the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The chapel doors are opened and the three birds fly and circle over the funeral attendees. Then a heart shaped basket is opened which represents the spirit of the departed, which then joins the other three birds. The four then circle and fly home. It is a very moving experience.
Sometimes the number of doves is reflected in other ways, such as the number of children or grandchildren. However many doves you choose for the release the symbolism can provide some peace and comfort. With the release music or poetry is often used these two are my favorite.
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm free
I'm following the path God has chosen for me.
I took His hand when I heard him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I've now found peace at the end of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss'
Oh yes, these things, I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow,
Look for the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seems all to brief;
Don't lengthen your pain with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and peace to thee,
God wanted me now-- He set me free.
Author: Shannon Lee Moseley
The white doves are taking flight.
It's my time to say good-bye.
I will not be here when you wake,
for my soul he had to take.
You might miss the smile on my face.
You might miss the words that I say.
but just sit and think a while,
for in your heart my memories lie.
I have a narrow road to travel.
The white doves will lead the way.
They will help ease my fears,
as I journey, this new place.
I am in a place of comfort.
The fear now is gone.
Put those things out of your thoughts,
in your memory I live on.
Remember not my fight for breath,
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life.
When the time comes and you are in the position of planning a funeral or memorial service consider the release of doves at the cemetery or location where the service is taking place. If the service is in New Jersey, selected areas of eastern PA or NYC contact us for ideas and availability of our birds. For about the price of a floral arrangement we have self release birds available, check out our site www.dovesforrelease.com