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The visual symbolic release of white doves can offer great comfort to grieving family members and friends.

Below are two of several poems and readings which we have available, regarding the symbolism of white doves.  At your request we will email you others in our collection.  You may wish to read out these words, or even words of your own choosing, before the doves are released.

They can be read out by your celebrant, a confident family member, or other individual within your gathering.

                                                              AFTER GLOW

                                                    I'd like the memory of me
                                                         to be a happy one.
                                                    I'd like to leave an after glow
                                                     of smiles when life is done.

                                                      I'd like to leave an echo
                                                whispering softly down the ways,
                                               Of happy times and laughing times
                                                    and bright and sunny days.

                                              I'd like the tears of those who grieve
                                                        to dry before the sun
                                               just remember the happy memories
                                                    that I leave when life is done.

                                                           Psalm 55: verses 6-8

                                                                  And I said -

                                                "Oh that I had wings like a dove,
                                                  For then I would fly away and be at rest"


                                             "For those I love - for those who love me"

                                                              "My loved ones -
                                                               Do not cry and worry of me -
                                                               For like the dove
                                                               I have been set free

                                                              Though you can't see or touch me,
                                                               I'll always be near.
                                                               And if you listen with your heart,
                                                               You'll hear my love around you -
                                                               soft and clear"