OUR DOVE RELEASE POLICY

Our  Dove Release Policy

We will release only well trained, well cared for white racing pigeon stock, also known as homing pigeons, which have been raised and trained to return home to their loft, and which are banded with seamless, permanent identification bands.

We will ensure that EVERY event has at least one knowledgeable release coordinator present.

We will ensure that appropriate attire is worn for all events, and that the release coordinator is 100% reliable and on time.

We will return deposits for acts of God, etc.

We will NOT release birds INDOORS.

We will NOT release birds AT NIGHT.

We will NOT release birds in INCLEMENT WEATHER. We might be able to release birds in light rain showers, at our discretion, but we will not release birds in lighting storms or downpours.

We will NOT ship birds by mail for self-release. We will NOT release birds beyond the range which they are able to safely fly home from.

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ABOUT OUR DOVES

About Our Doves

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Our doves are well cared for and loved. Their health and safety are our top priority.

Doves are highly intelligent birds. Ours are fed a specially formulated diet to keep them healthy and they live in a clean loft at our home.
They have been trained to return home immediately following their release.

The birds begin training for our release service at an early age. They first fly around their home loft. As they get stronger, they are released at various locations and longer distances on a daily basis. This conditions them and trains them to route home. Many hours are spent to keep the birds safe.

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Doves Flying over the James River

Our doves love to fly. Their daily exercising, outside of their release events, provides them the freedom to take long flights away from home simply because they love flying. When the birds are released at your special event, they are not being forced to do something they don’t enjoy. They love flying and we are proud to share their beauty with you and your guests.

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Special Perches

The doves each have their own personal perch within the loft.
The birds are permitted free loft exercise each day (weather permitting). This keeps them in excellent physical condition to make the return flight from their scheduled release locations.

Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater uses only well trained healthy release doves (White Homing Pigeons) for releases.
Their safety and well being is very important to us.
Our birds receive extensive training to enable them to safely return to our home loft after your event. When released, our doves will usually fly directly into the sky, possibly circle and when they have their bearings, return to their home for a healthy feast.

Don Kane

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Cell (757) 812-0247

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AGREEMENT FORM for DOVE RELEASES

 

Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater  Agreement

CUSTOMER INFORMATION (please PRINT clearly)
Person(s) the Event is for:________________________________________________
Coordinator’s Name: ______________________________________________
Address:________________________________________________________
City, State, Zip: ___________________________________________________
Home Phone: _________________________ Cell Phone:_________________  Email:_______________________________
EVENT INFORMATION Release Location:________________________________________________
Address:_______________________________________________________
City _________________________________________________ Zip:_____________
Event Date: _________________
Start Time: ____________        Release Time: __________
Funeral Packages (see link):
______The Spirit Dove Release (one Dove)
______ The Trinity Release (one plus 3 Doves)
______ Additional Doves
______Service in the Line of Duty Release: No Charge (subject to availability)
Wedding Packages (see link):
_______ Bride and Groom (2 Doves):
_______ God’s Blessing (2 followed by 3 Doves)
_______ Proclamation of Love (2 followed by 8 Doves)
_______ Additional Doves
I have read “Terms and Conditions” found at ceremonialdovesoftidewater.com and agree to them.
Signature_____________________________________
Print Name____________________________________
Date_____________________________________
Please make check to: Don Kane ( note: Ceremonial Doves)

Don Kane

32 Barclay Rd.

Newport News, Va. 23606

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DOVE RELEASES FOR MEMORIAL SERVICE

 

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Funeral Doves

 

The funeral service of a loved one is a very emotional time. The releasing of white doves at funerals and memorials is a meaningful and touching way of commemorating the life of your loved one. We find ourselves torn between surrendering our loved one’s life and God’s promise of a much better life after death. A dove release gives closure and a sense of enlightenment that the Spirit has lifted and become free.

The ceremony allows for a release of emotion and a sense of peace and healing as the doves ascend into the sky, circle the gravesite and fly away into the heavens.

A beautiful White Dove Release ceremony, as a tribute to your loved one, can be very uplifting and may take place at the cemetery, funeral home or any outside venue.

Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater offer a number of white dove release services.
We can assist you with a dove release for a private memorial, a public tribute, or a meaningful white dove release for your loved one’s funeral, customized to your religious beliefs. We will coordinate all services with your funeral or memorial director, or with you ahead of time, so there is nothing for you to worry about on the day of the service. We will have our dove release equipment set up prior to your arrival at the cemetery and do our best to see that all goes as smoothly as possible.

An Affordable Memorable Gift

This time of mourning can be a difficult time, and trying to find a way to express your sympathy can be equally difficult.
Instead of, or in addition to flowers, a White Dove Release is one of the most memorable gifts to give to a loved one.
Family and friends can give a ‘dove release’ to the family of the deceased.

Release Choices:

     These releases would normally take place at the conclusion of the graveside or memorial service. The result is a very beautiful ending to the service and a warm memory made for your family and friends.

The Spirit Dove Release

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The Spirit Dove

One pure white dove is released by a family member, by hand or basket, as a symbolic tribute to the departed loved one’s spirit leaving the earth and rising up into the heavens.

 

The Trinity Release – (the most popular)

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Trinity Doves

One Spirit Dove is released by a family member representing the love one’s spirit, followed by three doves representing the Trinity (Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit) or (past, present, and future). The three doves take wing from a basket; join the Spirit Dove, and together in flight, then fly home. This symbolizes the Trinity accompanying of the departed spirit to heaven.

Family members and friends have expressed how comforting it feels to release the dove, how it opens up the grieving process, and how it allows them to say a final farewell and let go.

Service in the Line of Duty Release

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I Salute My Follow  Veterans

This free release is to honor local military, law enforcement and firefighting personnel killed in the line of duty. The White Doves will be released after the
playing of Taps and a moment of silence. This release is subject to the number of doves available and prior scheduling.

We have a variety of Poems and Readings that may be read prior to the release by a Family Member or the Clergy.

A handler in appropriate attire will bring the doves to the service or internment and help arrange the release. If family members choose to hand release the doves, we will assist with this.

Our beautiful white birds are much loved and many hours of training and care assures their safe flight home, following a release. A Dove Release is a unique alternative to a less environmentally friendly release of balloons. For the safety of the birds, doves will not be released in inclimate weather or in less than one hour prior to sunset.

Let us help you cherish the memory of your love one for the rest of your life.

“Oh that I had wings like a dove, I would fly away and be a rest.” –Psalm 55:6

Don Kane

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Cell (757) 812-0247

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  1. Tom Stevens on October 21, 2014 at 8:14 pm said: Edit
    Don, I cannot begin to express the outpouring of emotion I experienced at the Dove Release at the culmination of my brother Jim Stevens’ Memorial Service on October 14, 2014 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church.
    This was my first experience with a Ceremonial Dove Release and I must say that I was overwhelmed. What an incredibly heart-felt and spiritual way to say your final goodbyes to a loved one. I very much appreciated you taking the time to share with me your experiences and motivation which moved you to establish this offering. Your comment about the change in demeanor in children at a graveside service with the release of the doves is a wonderful testimonial to the simplicity, beauty and deep meaning of such an event.
    We are most fortunate to have you providing this “ministry” here on the peninsula.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Tom Stevens

  2. Don, incorporating the dove release into our memorial service was a very comforting way for our entire family, especially the grandchildren, to say goodbye and begin the healing process after losing someone they loved so much. Releasing the beautiful white dove representing the Spirit of our loved one, followed by three other doves representing the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, added peace to the moment. The message delivered through this ceremony was so special and meaningful to all those who attended. I would highly recommend incorporating this ceremony into any memorial service.
    Fondly,
    Dian

  3. As we did not have a graveside service after my Mom’s funeral, we found the Dove Release provided a special touch to the end of the Memorial Service. It provided a wonderful way for my brothers, sister & I to say goodbye to Mom. You made every effort to make this our unique experience, and succeeded. We very much appreciated it.
    We are fortunate to have you providing this “ministry” here on the peninsula.
    God Bless you and all your family,
    Robby

  4. L. Warden

    Don, thank you for providing a wonderful closure to the memorial for my family member. The releasing of the doves was a very special part of the memorial for me. I appreciate your prompt arrival time and how you allowed family members to gently handle the birds for the release.
    Your service provides an uplifting release to a somber event.

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  5. Don, I want to thank you for your extraordinary professionalism with releasing the doves such a wonderful ceremony and service,by having the family members participate by releasing the spirit dove followed by Trinity father, son and Holy Spirit what a beautiful and heartwarming presentation that truly touched the hearts of each and every family member. I would recommend this service to anyone, again thank you.😇

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GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT WHITE DOVES

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Doves mate for life. They symbolize purity, love, fidelity, prosperity and good luck. They are a symbol of peace in every major religion.
They were often used by God as messengers and representatives of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:22:
the heavens were opened and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a
dove and alighting on Him.”

We use the term “dove” symbolically. The birds at Ceremonial Doves are actually White Homing Pigeons; also called White Racing Pigeons, or Rock Doves.

White Ringneck Doves (those normally found in pet stores) are dependent on humans for food. They have no skills to avoid predators, and they are not strong flyers. If released, these birds will most likely end up as a meal for a cat, a hawk, or some other predator.  Releasing white Ringneck Doves is cruel and inhumane. Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater releases only well trained white homing pigeons.

Despite their reputation, pigeons are actually very clean animals and there is very little evidence to suggest that they are transmitters of disease.

Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater places the health and safety of our beloved doves first and foremost. For this reason, we adhere to a humane release policy with strict provisions to protect our birds from dangerous circumstances.

How do our doves find their way home?

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Homing Pigeons have an uncanny ability that enables them to read the earth’s magnetic fields; in addition to this ability, they have a remarkable memory. They also use their sight, hearing, and possibly even their sense of smell to find their way home from hundreds of miles away.

Racing pigeons trained and conditioned are able to fly more than 500 miles at speeds over 60 mph. Racers can fly for 14-16 hours non-stop.

Don Kane

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Cell (757) 812-0247

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  1. Don, I cannot begin to express the outpouring of emotion I experienced at the Dove Release at the culmination of my brother Jim Stevens’ Memorial Service on October 14, 2014 at Hidenwood Presbyterian Church.
    This was my first experience with a Ceremonial Dove Release and I must say that I was overwhelmed. What an incredibly heart-felt and spiritual way to say your final goodbyes to a loved one. I very much appreciated you taking the time to share with me your experiences and motivation which moved you to establish this offering. Your comment about the change in demeanor in children at a graveside service with the release of the doves is a wonderful testimonial to the simplicity, beauty and deep meaning of such an event.
    We are most fortunate to have you providing this “ministry” here on the peninsula.
    God Bless you and your family,
    Tom Stevens

  2. Don, thank you for providing a wonderful closure to the memorial for my family member. The releasing of the doves was a very special part of the memorial for me. I appreciate your prompt arrival time and how you allowed family members to gently handle the birds for the release.
    Your service provides an uplifting release to a somber event.

  3. Thank you Don for the wonderful releasing of Doves on April 28th 2017 for my 1st nephews funeral. This was a very tough time for our family being that he was so young in age and taken from us.
    In addition to the Lords promise of receiving my nephews soul, the beautiful doves granted the visual closure we needed. It was truly an amazing memory we can keep close to our hearts until we see him again.
    Thank you for your professionalism and thorough explanation to me and the family.

  4. Don, thank you for providing a beautiful closure to the memorial of my mother Beatrice Dennis on 07/15/17. Releasing the Doves added a special touch. Thank you for your services.

    Antoinette Dennis

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  1. If you want something very touching at a special occasion whether it be remembering a loved one at a funeral or memorial service or celebrating cancer survivors at a walk, Ceremonial Dove Release of Tidewater will make the event even more memorable. As owner of Weymouth Funeral Home and Chairperson of The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides 5k walk, I have had the opportunity to use the dove release many times. It is always a meaningful addition to any event.

    Veronica Weymouth

    • Thank you Veronica for your Funeral Home’s support. It is nice when a Funeral Home cares enough about their clients to recommend a White Dove Release. Many people have never seen a Dove Release and do not realize how meaningful and uplifting it is to the family.
      We are also glad that we can support your Cancer Walk. It is a very worthwhile cause.

  2. Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater is a wonderful organization. They have supported Edmarc Hospice for Children on numerous occasions with the last being our Day of Remembrance honoring the children that have died in our program. Edmarc serves children with life limiting illnesses and reduces the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss, and bereavement on families. Don Kane is delightful to work with and has supported our initiatives. Ceremonial Doves of Tidewater has also had a presence at our bereavement camp (Camp M.A.G.I.C.) for our closing memorial services. The families seem to enjoy the presentation and the symbolic meaning of the dove release. We are grateful for his support to the children and families of Edmarc Hospice for Children.

  3. The ceremony lead by Mr. Kane and his beautiful doves provided the perfect touch to closing celebration of the life of my mother, Vashti White. The tribute was a peaceful reminder of a life lived for Christ. It is wonderful to have a memory like this to comfort me during this time of loss. Mr. Kane included the grandchildren in the ceremony; a moment they will never forget. His patience and calming spirit also made those final moments of the day unforgettable.
    We thank you for your ministry and professionalism. May God continue to bless you!
    Sincerely,
    Geshla Windley

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DOVE RELEASES FOR WEDDING

 

 

The Symbolism of a White Dove Release

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Doves Mate for Life

White doves have been used at weddings since ancient times and are symbolic of celebration, new beginnings, peace, love, unity, serenity and the Holy Spirit. Doves mate for life. They share the responsibility of building a new home, raising their young and facing life’s challenges together.

White Doves are a beautiful representation of the commitment made by the bride and groom. When released, the doves will change from one direction to another. Each will do their part as they fly together. No matter where they are or where they begin, they will always find their way home.

As with the doves, a bride and groom cannot be certain where their journey may take them. Their path may change many times along the way, but with faith, trust and love, they will work together to find their way.

A white dove release is a unique and affordable gift to the Bride and Groom.

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Wedding Doves in Heart Shaped Basket

Why have White Wedding Doves?

What one thing do you remember from the last wedding you attended?

Imagine the bride and groom each releasing a white dove into the sky symbolizing the beginning of their new life together. As the doves begin to circle together above the wedding party they may be joined by a spectacular flock of additional white doves creating an awesome aerial display before flying home to the loft where they were raised.

Their beauty, as they soar into the sky and circle overhead is truly exciting and breathtaking. Without a doubt, your White Dove Release will create a memory and be one of the most talked about events of your special day.

Your wedding photos will be enhanced with the addition of a dove release.

How it works:

Booking

When I am contacted by a customer, I get the name of the Bride and Groom, date, time, location and any other pertinent information. I will discuss how and at what point in the ceremony they would like the release to take pace.

I will send them an agreement to fill out and to be returned with their deposit. The deposit will be refunded if I can’t fly the birds because of weather and if cancelled prior to 30 days of the scheduled release. I explain that I will contact them a week or so prior to the wedding to confirm that nothing has changed.

Wedding Day

I arrive at the wedding place an hour before the wedding. I will meet with the Bride and/or her coordinator to go over previous discussed plans and help pick an outside release site considering the safety of my doves. I get with the photographer and briefly explain how the doves will be released so he/she can time his/her shots and get the best photos.

I will set up any equipment that I may need, prior to the bride and Groom coming out. Upon their arrival, I will assist them in getting ready for the release.

As friends and family come out and gather around in front of the couple, I ensure that the photographer is ready. Usually the father of the bride, preacher or coordinator will read a poem and/or explanation of the release (I will provide). When complete, I will hand the doves or a basket to the couple and step out of the picture. They release the two birds and then they open the large basket together and the remaining birds go out usually over the crowd with a lot of ducking and ooohs and aaahs. The doves will gather together and fly off to their home for a feast and family and friends head for the reception.

Let your wedding be the one that everyone remembers and talks about for years to come!

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Types of releases:

Bride and Groom:

Two doves released by hand or from a basket by the bride and groom representing two lives working together for life’s happiness.

God’s Blessing:

Two doves released by the bride & groom followed by three doves representing the Holy Trinity and God’s blessings on your marriage.

Proclamation of Love:

Two doves released by bride & groom followed by eight doves proclaiming your love and devotion to each other.

Addition doves may be available.

About the Release:

If your wedding is indoors, a dove release on the steps of the church or temple after the ceremony is a beautiful and symbolic alternative to throwing rice, confetti or releasing balloons, all of which are progressively being prohibited due to environmental concerns.. If your ceremony is outdoors, the release can be coordinated at any time you choose such as the kiss after pronouncement. Achieving a beautiful release effect is always our top priority and our expertise will ensure proper placement, timing and coordination with the photographer allowing you to capture this special moment and savor the image forever.

Don Kane

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Cell (757) 812-0247

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Types of Dove Release Ceremonies

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Church’s 60th Anniversary


Anniversaries

Award Ceremonies

Baptisms

Bar/Bat Mitzvahs

Birthdays

Christenings

Church Events

Corporate Functions

Dedications

Easter Services

Engagements

Father’s Day

Festivals Funerals

Going Away Parties

Graduations

Grand Openings

Holy Communions

Memorial Day

Memorial Services

Mother’s Day

Parades

Political Events

Photo Sittings

Sporting Events

TV and Movie Productions

Veterans Day

Vow Renewals

Weddings

Welcome Home Parties

Youth Camp Activities

 

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  1. I just wanted to give a big Thank You to Don Kane and his Ceremonial Doves. On August 28, 2017, I was able to do a really nice and tasteful memorial tribute to my Mom, Barbara Ann Steele Meiring, who passed away peacefully in her sleep on February 4th of this year. The dove release was beautiful and breathtaking! It was a beautiful experience that I shall keep in my heart forever!!! I truly felt the presence of God and my Mom with me on that day. This is a most difficult loss for me and such a wonderful memory like this will keep me comforted in my loss for a long time. I shall highly recommend Mr. Kane’s Ceremonial Doves to others. God Bless You, Mr. Kane!

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