Reasons Why Tens of Thousands of Families and Hundreds of Top Funeral Homes Choose The Living Urn®
Growing a memory tree from an urn holding a family member’s ashes is an uplifting option that allows families to honour a loved one and give back. For these reasons, the patented Living Urn® has become a very popular choice for families throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
The Living Urn® bio urn and planting system has quickly become the leader in this field with tens of thousands of trees planted, hundreds of funeral home partners all over the country, and excellent customer reviews and touching testimonials.
1. The Living Urn® is Easy to Use, and Most Importantly - It Works!
The patented Living Urn® comes with an actual 1-4' living tree, not a seed or small sapling. In fact, it's the only bio urn in the world designed to be used with living trees! Planting a living young tree makes it easy for non-expert growers to successfully grow a healthy, enduring memorial. The reason we use living trees instead of seeds or small saplings is because it can be difficult for non-expert growers to have success growing a tree from a seed or small sapling - failure rates can be high and growing the tree memorial can be a challenge.
2. Tree Options
There are important reasons why The Living Urn® is designed to be used with living trees, not seeds. Growing a healthy, enduring tree from a seed can be a challenge, as seed germination can take a long time, failure rates can be high and sometimes special steps are needed to be taken to even induce germination (including seasonal considerations) which limits the tree types that can be offered. Simply put, there are good reasons why nurseries focus on selling trees and not seeds!
3. Elegant, Dignified & Eco-Friendly
The Living Urn® is unique as it is packaged in a beautiful and elegant handmade bamboo shell. The bamboo shell serves to hold the urn and cremated remains while you wait for the young tree to arrive. You can also use the natural bamboo shell as a keepsake holder after The Living Urn® is planted. Not only is this lovely and dignified, it’s eco-friendly as bamboo is a sustainable resource!
4. Advantageous Product Design
The patented Living Urn® is uniquely designed with input from professional arborists, soil scientists, and material engineers to offer families and funeral homes the best quality product and system.
Versatility – Designed to hold as much or as little of the cremated ashes that you want – it’s up to you. It’s large enough to hold all the ashes and provide enough room for the additives and tree roots, but families can also plant a small portion of the ashes, if preferred. This is the case when families split up the ashes, or want to keep some or have other uses.
Depth – The Living Urn® is designed for actual living trees, not seeds. This design is important as it provides room for roots.
Material – Our BioUrn® is 100% natural and biodegradable - made from plant-derived materials using only water, heat and pressure, and completely free from glues or toxic binding agents. This special material is strong and rigid above ground, allowing families to store cremated ashes for weeks or even years if desired, and only biodegrades once it is planted and exposed to soil and moisture. Furthermore, the material allows roots to grow freely and unimpeded so your memorial tree can thrive!
5. All-In-One System - The Complete Package!
The Living Urn® spent years developing a proprietary all-in-one system, providing everything you need to grow a beautiful and enduring memory tree. Our special BioUrn® is housed in a sleek bamboo shell, which has become popular in ceremonies. In addition, you receive premium wood chips and RootProtect®, our proprietary ash agent that serves to counter the natural properties of the cremated remains to create a more balanced growing environment so your special tree can grow and thrive!
One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, how do you plant a tree urn with cremated ashes? With every Living Urn® tree pod burial we provide clear, detailed and easy to follow instructions explaining how to plant a tree with ashes with The Living Urn® cremation tree kit. To summarize, the first step to plant a tree with cremated remains is to transfer the cremated remains into the bio urn. Second, empty the gold bag containing the RootProtect ash agent on top of the remains and place the tree urn into the hole in the ground. Next, lower the tree into the urn and fill in the space around the roots with soil while also backfilling the hole with soil. Gently tap down the earth to stabilize the soil around your tree, shrub or other plant. Place a layer of mulch several inches thick all around the tree and give the tree a very thorough watering. Continue to water the tree or shrub on a regular basis. A beautiful cremation tree memorial will grow up from the bio urn into a tree of life memorial tree.
There are two option of Living Urn’s® available - the Bio Urn for People and a different Bio Urn for Pets. One common question we often receive is, are human ashes good for trees? The answer to this question is that cremated remains or human ashes may be harmful to plant life and young trees when mixed in the surrounding soil. Cremated remains have a high pH and a high sodium content. As such, a high concentration of cremated remains in the soil can create a harsh growing environment for plants. The patented Living Urn® is a biodegradable urn and tree burial system that is designed to overcome the potentially harmful effects of cremation ashes on trees and plants by using beneficial additives and positioning as well as being specifically designed to be used in combination with living trees.