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At this Celebration of Life, Arnie wanted a Dove Release for his beautiful Mother. His Father had died two years prior, so one dove would be for his Mother and one for his Father. Symbolizing that they are soaring toward the Heavens and are together again. It was a sunny, summer Colorado day for this outdoor Ceremony. Guests were gathered under the shade of large trees with views of the lake and surrounded by fragrant flowers. What a perfect setting!

The man with the doves arrived and we discussed how they would be released at the close of the Ceremony. He said it would be a good idea to mention that it happens very fast, so everyone can stand up and be near the doves with their cameras.  After making that announcement, I recited these words:

We will close the service today by releasing two beautiful white doves. One dove symbolizes Dawn’s spirit and a new beginning. The second dove represents her husband Gerald, who passed away two years ago almost to the day. May the souls of these loving parents soar together toward the Heavens to find freedom, peace and serenity.

Carry Me Home
by Lee Gilley

My loved ones do not cry
And worry of me
For like the dove
I have been set free.
God has called me
To my mansion on high
Just there among the clouds
In the deep blue sky.
I have no pain
No suffering to do
I have been called home
And I know you will too.
So, beat hard and fast
Little wings of white
And carry me home
Before the night.

Closing Thoughts

I imagined the Dove Release to be quite different than it turned out. I thought he would hold each dove and gently release it up to the sky. That did not happen. He placed the carrier on the ground and opened the door. The doves flew out so fast, it was just a blur. Although we were poised and ready with our cameras, no one got a good photo of the doves. It was still a symbolic and memorable way to close the Ceremony.  A family friend played harp music and it was lovely.

Anita Larson Denver Funeral Officiant

Anita Larson is a Certified Funeral Celebrant® who blogs about her experiences with Life Celebrations. Providing uncommon ideas and encouraging her readers to "Think Outside the Coffin®" when a loved one departs from this earthly realm.

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