Here at Forest Lawn Cemetery, we know the value of a ceremony. We also know that families today want to personalize ceremonies for their loved ones, and to help them do just that, we offer a wide selection of unique special services. Picture this elegant, and meaningful scene, where doves or butterflies are released at the close of a loved one's funeral, memorial service, or graveside service.
Many families wish to have live musicians, such as bagpipers, violinists, or vocalists perform during the service event. Others wish to have a horse-drawn hearse or motorcycle hearse escort their loved one to their place of interment. Believe us when we say that we will do our best to provide you with the perfect ceremony – on your terms.
For inspiration, we’ve noted some of our special services below.
The releasing of white doves is a visually dramatic way of helping family members to let go of their loved one, and brings about a sense of closure and release. The trained white birds will soar into the sky, usually circling any number of times in a group before returning to their home lofts.
When you add a live butterfly release to a commemoration, you give your guests a memory to last a lifetime. Butterflies bring that unique touch of inspiration and happiness to a graveside or open air ceremony. To us, they represent the lifetime of your loved one – evolving, growing, becoming, and then joining the wider world.
No two families and no two services are alike. We want to work closely with you to create a truly memorable memorial ceremony for you, or a loved one. We look forward to speaking with you about your vision. Call us – we’re here to help your vision become reality.