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It is common to have a balloon release at either funerals or memorials and let’s face it, the colourful balloons are appealing as they gently wend their way skyward, seemingly heading towards Heaven and where we believed our loved ones have gone.  They are hard to resist and all those present can partake.

PLEASE RECONSIDER A BALLOON RELEASE.  Some balloons are noted as being biodegradable but over what period of time?  If a released balloon is made of mylar, it is not biodegradable.  What about the ribbons or strings attached to the balloons?  Are they biodegradable too?  Balloons can float for miles and get caught on Hydro wires, in trees, come to rest in lakes, rivers and on the ground.  In these places they can be mistaken by birds, turtles and fishes as food and when ingested, they block their digestive systems causing death.  Birds’ necks can get caught in strings/ribbons affecting their ability to swallow and eventually causing their deaths.  Even their feet are at risk of becoming entangled when the ribbons are stuck in trees.  If caught on wires, balloons and strings can cause disruption to electrical services and in trees, at a minimum, they are an eye sore.

CONSIDER HAVING A HOMING PIGEON OR DOVE RELEASE INSTEAD.  This is equally beautiful and memorable service, doesn’t hurt the environment and the birds wend their way back home after they are released.

Do you have another alternative to balloons that you would like to share?

 

 

 

 

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