What's the Meaning of a White Dove Release?
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Your loved one lived a beautiful life and it only makes sense to create a special moment that will be an inspirational tribute to a life well-lived. Memorial services are meant to be customized to bring out the personality of your loved one and your family — to celebrate their special contribution to the world. One way to memorialize your friend or family member is with a white dove release during their service or graveside ceremony.

Why White Doves?


White doves have long been a symbol of love and purity, and have been used in both weddings and funerals throughout the ages. There are doves used in ceremonies in many different cultures, and while they all have slightly different meanings they are quite similar. 

  • In ancient Greece and Rome, doves were considered a symbol of the goddess of Love
  • Chinese cultures often use doves to ward off evil and represent longevity
  • Americans often use doves in weddings to symbolize prosperity and long life
  • Ancient Celts believed that the cry of a dove meant that a soul was passing peacefully to a higher realm

White doves are extremely docile creatures that are often seen as bringers of celestial freedom — moving the souls of our departed loved ones to their final resting place.

Hope, Honesty, Purity, and Peace


There are many positive attributes that are associated with white doves: hope, honesty, purity, and love are only a few. In the Bible, the white dove was often used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit, bringing messages to the man from heaven. Doves mate for life and are incredibly loyal creatures whose caring natures have been observed by humans for thousands of years. 

Having a white dove release at your memorial or graveside service truly transcends all cultures and religions, and forms a beautiful backdrop for the final messages to your loved one. Learn more about having this type of personal services, or plan ahead for your own memorial service by calling our professional planners at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery at 480-832-2850. You can also reach us via email to wecare@mvfuneralhome.com