white doves against the sky

On Sunday, I was part of a Pet Memorial Sunday celebration with a customer who performs pet cremations. I am also her customer, so there is always a lot of remembering there. The final part of the ceremony is a release of six white doves, lovingly managed by their caretaker. They are calm and friendly doves, and I always get to hold one of them. They usually circle three to five times then head for home, and always arrive long before the human does on regular roads. This time, however, they continued circling for almost five full minutes in the warm and breezy afternoon sunlight, up against the sky. We thank them in the ceremony for helping us let go of our pets as they fly free into the sky, and it almost felt as if our pets were communicating back to us that they found it difficult to leave. We all shared a sense of wonder in watching them.

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