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Have you considered a Dove Release for your loved ones funeral?

Updated: Sep 7, 2023

At Vines Funerals, we like to guide our families in choosing personal touches to honour the memory of their loved one. Our dove release has become one of our most popular services that we offer. The dove release usually takes place at the end of the funeral service or graveside service.


What Do White Doves Represent at Funerals?

In a variety of contexts, white doves are seen as symbols of purity, peace and freedom. This overwhelmingly positive image assumes an even deeper meaning in the context of white dove release at funerals.

When white doves are released at funerals, they can signify family and friends’ release of their loved one’s physical presence on Earth. This practice can even represent the start of the grieving process. As the doves take flight, friends and family may imagine their loved one’s spirit moving on, free from pain, sickness, or difficulties that they faced during their life.

How Many Doves Should You Release?

The meaning behind the white dove release can change based on the number of doves released. if you choose to release just one dove, it can represent the person’s soul departing on a new spiritual journey. However, two doves could represent your loved one being accompanied by a spiritual guide to what awaits in the afterlife. Lastly, a larger group of doves for funerals can be seen as a general celebration of the person’s life.

Are White Doves Associated with Religion?

White doves are symbolically meaningful across many religions. They are not associated with one religion or form of spirituality more than another. In this way, white doves have come to be universal signs of peace, hope and sanctity for all.

That being said, a white dove release may have a slightly different meaning for various funerals, depending on each person’s religious affiliation. For example, in Christianity, white doves are often a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In Islam, white doves can represent divine intervention and assistance, while in Judaism, they are signs of vibrant life. In Paganism, doves most often represent Inanna-Ishtar, the goddess of love.

The History of White Dove Release at Funerals

Originating about 5,000 years ago, white dove release is a historical practice that has its roots in Egypt. However, the practice was not limited to Egypt — white doves soon became a popular and impactful symbol across the globe. In fact, they were used in Greek, Roman, European and Chinese cultures in a number of settings.

For funerals, a white dove release typically signified the spirit’s flight back “home” after their passing. This message has persisted, evolving to accommodate different cultures’ beliefs throughout the years. Regardless of the variations, the practice continues to carry a positive, hopeful connotation around the world.

Are White Doves Expensive?

Whether the white dove release is the best choice for you or your loved one also depends on the funeral’s budget. The number of doves will directly impact the price. At Vines Funerals, a pair of white doves will cost £120.00 and any additional doves will cost £20.00 each.

If you would like to speak to us regarding a dove release, we would love to hear from you. Vines Funerals, 70 Summerhill Road, Coseley, Bilston, West Midlands, WV14 8RE, 01902 494778

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