Notts funeral directors can release doves again after lockdown of their own

The doves at a Nottinghamshire funeral directors have finally been allowed to take to the skies again after a five-month lockdown of their own.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 12:32 pm
The birds were in lockdown to stop avian influenza spreading.

The strict ‘stay-in-the-dovecote' rules were introduced for poultry and captive birds in December to limit the risk of avian influenza spreading to other birds and humans after an outbreak was declared.

AW Lymn, which has branches in nearby Hucknall and Ilkeston, is one of a limited number of funeral directors to offer an in-house dove service.

Company chairman Nigel Lymn Rose said: “We are delighted our beloved feathered friends can take to the sky again after many months of lockdown.

"At A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, we are very fond of our doves which we have had for nearly 20 years now - they are kept in spacious aviaries with outdoor space in our gardens to ensure we can offer them the best care.

"We made sure we were vigilant and followed the restrictions carefully to avoid causing the disease to spread, especially as we also have other poultry such as chickens and peacocks at home.”

The release of a white dove at a funeral or memorial service is designed to bring peace and comfort to the bereaved, as the symbolic spirit of their loved one ascend to the heavens.

Nigel said they were pleased to be offering the personal service once again as it is always highly requested.

He added: “It is never easy to say goodbye to those we love, but in addition to flowers, a white dove release at a funeral or memorial can serve as a comforting and symbolic gesture that their spirit lives on after their passing.

"It is a popular service, so we are looking forward to watching the doves in action again.”