Answers to Common Questions Related to The Living Urn, the UK's Leading Bio Urn

What is The Living Urn®?

Designed to grow into a memory tree, plant or flower, the patented Living Urn® is the UK’s first and leading bio urn & planting system. You can find the Living Urn® at funeral directors across the UK; the Living Urn® can also be distributed to almost anywhere in the world. 

Why Should I Plant a Living Urn®?

The Living Urn® offers a unique and beautiful way to both honor the life of a loved one while also giving back to the earth. Families all over the UK have chosen The Living Urn® to memorialise a loved one and honour a special life. Growing a beautiful living and enduring memorial tree is a way to celebrate all they’ve given - the joy, the companionship – and keep their special memory present in your life.

Designed to be used with as much or as little of a set of cremated remains as designed, The Living Urn® can still be used even if some of the ‘ashes’ have been scattered. Even with a small amount of ashes families can still grow a beautiful tree or a flowering shrub that supports a wildlife community and create a living, lasting memorial experience.

How Does it Work?

While it took years working with soil scientists and arborists to develop The Living Urn®, the system has been designed to be simple and easy to use. 

Place your loved one's cremated remains in the tree urn for ashes (or BioUrn®) and add our proprietary RootProtect® additive on top. 

Next, lower the roots of the young tree into our special BioUrn®, add organic soil mix, and plant it in the ground. 

From this, a beautiful memorial plant, tree or flower will grow, allowing your loved one to remain a powerful presence in your life. 

How Much of the Ashes Should I Use?

How much of your loved one’s ‘ashes’ you choose to use is up to you; The Living Urn® can be used with as much or as little of one set of cremated remains. 

The Living Urn® is large enough to hold all of the cremated remains of your loved one and provide enough room for the additives and tree roots. However, many families choose to plant only a portion of the cremated remains, scattering the remaining ‘ashes’ or dividing them among family members. 

We have instructions that explain any adjustments to make when planting different amounts.

Because so many families were interested in dividing remains and planting multiple Living Urns and memory trees, we created the Family Tree Program, which provides a discount for each additional Living Urn® purchased. 

Also, we have a number of specialty eco-friendly scattering urns that enable families to scatter ashes on land or in water with dignity, control and grace.

How Does Shipping Work? 

We always ship The Living Urn® System out the same business day that you order it on, as long as it’s received on a weekday (and a non holiday) before 2pm. You are then able to purchase your chosen tree or plant from your nursery of choice.

Where Can I Plant My Living Urn®?

Living Urns have been planted across the UK, the US, and the rest of the world by thousands of families. 

Most families choose to plant The Living Urn® in their own gardens - or in locations that hold special memories. It’s important to remember that different counties and cities have different rules when it comes to planting memorials that contain a person’s remains. Lots of families also choose to plant The Living Urn® at graveyards, with an increasing number of graveyards now open to this option. 

Of course if you have special needs, just let us know. We will always do everything we can to accommodate your requirements.

How Does The Living Urn Indoors / Patio Work?

The Living Urn Indoors / Patio is different than the regular The Living Urn®.  The Living Urn Indoors, or bonsai urn, has a special separated outer chamber to hold and securely contain the cremated remains. The inner chambers hold the Bonsai Tree, or house plant, and growing medium. Instructions are provided to distribute a small amount of cremated remains into the growing medium. All you have to do is choose your Bonsai Tree or plant that you wish to place inside and follow the easy instructions provided. The ceramic lid will enclose everything for a lovely, finished look. The trees we offer are beautiful, easy to care for and long living. We plan to add additional tree options for families in 2020!

Is there a Pre Need Option Available if I Want One for Myself?

Yes - Our Pre Need program is designed specifically for people who are interested in taking care of plans ahead of time so their family will not have to make difficult and stressful choices at a time of grieving.

With this program we can send you The Living Urn® system now with a voucher  that can be redeemed at anytime. The Living Urn® has no expiration so it can be stored for a very long time. We would be happy to mail you out a brochure if interested, on our Pre-Planning Program.

Is there a Living Urn® for Pets?

Yes, there is! We started The Living Urn® focusing on offering the best possible product for people and families. The Living Urn® was so well received that we worked to create a special bio urn for pets product. We are pet owners understand that our pets our truly members of the family too. The Living Urn®'s tree urn for pets is now an option for families as well.