Few symbols have a tradition as long and as rich as the rock dove.  The best known example comes from the flood story of Genesis, first book of the Bible.  After Noah's ark landed on the mountains of Ararat, Noah sends out a dove three times to see how far the flood waters have receded.  The first time it found nothing, and returned to the ark.  The second time it brought back an olive leaf, so Noah could see that God's punishment was over and life had begun again on the earth.  (The image of a rock dove holding an olive branch continues to be a symbol of peace to this day.)  The third time the dove did not return.


We raise, maintain, and train our own white rock doves, also known as white homing pigeons in lofts at our property on the Shavers Fork River, between Elkins and Parsons.  To honor the life of a loved one, many families like to experience the beauty and freedom of doves in flight as they are released as part of the funeral graveside service.


 Funeral Dove Release - A ceremonial white rock dove release provides an exceptionally beautiful moment in time for family and friends to express to their departed loved one their farewells, prayers and love.  The ceremony allows for a release of emotion and a sense of healing as the doves ascend into the sky, circle the gravesite and fly away into the heavens.  The passionate symbolism of the ceremony is a respectful tribute to your loved one, and a cherished memory for all who share in the experience, bringing both closure and hope to all who attend.  Our white doves are an excellent visual that will surely be remembered. The white dove is a universal symbol of peace, hope, love and faith and a symbol of our eternal spirit that lives on forever. The Funeral Director, a close friend or relative can release the first dove, symbolizing the one we have come to honor.  Then, the rest of the doves are released and united with the first as they all gracefully circle overhead.  Shortly after, the doves fly off into the horizon and return to their home safely and proud.  This is very symbolic of the way our Spirit one day will return home and unite with the ones we love.  All life is eternal!


  • The Final Journey Home - A single dove is presented to a family member to release.  Momentarily, a flock of white doves are set free to join the single dove in flight.  The single dove signifies the soul of the departed, and the flock symbolizes the spirits of those loved ones who have passed before, welcoming and showing the departed soul the way home.  As the single dove soars with his flock of angels and ascends into the heavens on his final journey home, you will experience a truly touching conclusion to your loved one's service.
  • General Dove Release - A group of doves are released at the conclusion of the graveside service or outside the facility of the Funeral Service or Memorial Service.  This provides a beautiful close to the service.


"I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him."

John 1:32


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