Why did we set up Your Wings?

Because we've lost people close to us. For some of them we had to plan their funerals and the scattering of their ashes after they'd gone. For others we had the privilege of helping them plan their own arrangements before the time came. Every time it's been heartbreaking. Yet, at the same time, we found it a relief, even comforting, to plan a goodbye that was significant and unique to them. Something that was special to the person we had lost. Then we realised we'd got the experience and skills to give other people their own significant and unique goodbyes; we just had to make it available to them. And so Your Wings was created.

Here's the story of a Your Wings founder, Jenni Rodgers, and her uncle, whose death first inspired us to set up Your Wings.

"It all started when my dear uncle, Peter Barnes, died in November 2010. I loved him so much and his death was a shock. After his cremation, my cousins asked for ideas of where to scatter his ashes. The urn had a lot more ashes than they were expecting, and they really didn't know what to do with them.

Uncle Peter was ex RAF, and I began to wonder if we could scatter his ashes from a plane. Scattering him somewhere static, on the ground, didn't feel like the right thing for him. I talked it through with my husband David, who's a skydiver, and between us, we came up with a way of scattering some of Uncle Peter's ashes during a sky dive.

From that point on, the possibility of my dear Uncle Peter flying off into the breeze felt absolutely the right thing for him. He loved to wander and roam and he wouldn't have been happy feeling tethered to the ground. He would have wanted to feel free, and this was the right way to say goodbye.

So I started researching the details. How could we do it; what licences did we need; where could we scatter; what laws controlled it; what health and safety considerations; what extra parachutist training would we need; and so on.

And on 2nd October 2011, Peter Barnes took his final flight. You can see it here. Even now, it makes me cry to watch this video. Not only because I loved him and miss him, but because it's indescribable to watch the ashes of someone you love take a final, amazing flight into the blue. Knowing they're now free, and knowing how much they would have loved it."

Is 'Your Wings' right for you?

Things to consider when planning or choosing to scatter from the sky.