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Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if all of the cemeteries across the world were transformed into beautiful forests? I don’t know if that will ever happen, but when I die I am going to be transformed into a beautiful, white oak tree.

The Bios Urn and a family member are going to make this happen for me.

Bios Urn

From the Bios Urn website:

“The Bios Urn is a fully biodegradable urn designed to convert you into a tree after life. Mainly composed of two parts, the urn contains a seed which will grow in the name of your loved one. Bios Urn turns death into a transformation and a return to life through nature.”

You simply put the ashes in the bottom section of the urn, drop a seed on top, water and watch the tree grow!  When you’re ready, you can plant the tree in the ground.  The Bios Urn includes a seed for the following types of trees: maple, ash, pine, beech, and ginkgo. You can also purchase the urn without a seed and use your own plant or tree.

As I mentioned above, my choice is going to be a white oak tree.  I probably chose this tree because of my roots stemming back to my life in Connecticut where once grew the famous Charter Oak.  A massive tree, that was said to have been over 400 years old with a base of over 33 feet in circumference.

The Charter Oak

The Charter Oak in Hartford, CT

This mammoth white oak tree centered around the famous “Royal Charter” incident of 1662.  The tree fell in the storm of 1856 but its memory is still embroiled in the history that inspired our colonial ancestors to resist tyranny and demand liberty for the colony.

It probably shouldn’t matter to me when I’m dead; but the thought of being boxed up in a coffin, lowered down into a cement vault, then covered up with dirt, is not appealing to me.  My biggest concern by far is for the environment; all of those coffins made out of wood, steel and who knows what else, put into the ground. Not to mention the cloth, shoes, and embalming fluid… yuck! How can this in any way be good for the earth?

Whenever I drive by a cemetery, I always think how stark and sterile they look – all of that cement lined up, row after row after row.  I also consider it a big waste of space. I would much prefer visiting a loved one in a park-like setting with birds chirping, trees everywhere, and benches all around where you can sit in peace and serenity while visiting “your tree.”

I have also considered a few other options for body disposal.  The Viking funeral seems like a really cool way to be sent off, but I am not sure where in the USA you could mount this type of performance.   You would also need a proficient archer, unlike EdmureTully from Game of Thrones.  Another idea:  Having lived in Hawaii for many years, the thought was to simply be thrown into the ocean, naked and whole.  I could be a home and/or food source for thousands of sea creatures while floating around the sea.  The only thing wrong with this idea is that you could possibly wash up on shore and someone close to you may be charged with foul play.

I believe that the Bios Urn is one of greatest (and probably more realistic) ideas for honoring our loved ones and the environment. Instead of putting something into the earth that doesn’t give back, plant a tree.  That tree will grow and live on in our loved one’s name while also giving nature a much needed helping hand.

To read more about the Bios Urn or to purchase your own, click here.

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