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Commonly Asked Questions About Our Tree Burial System


What is a tree urn?

A tree urn is a biodegradable urn or bio urn that grows a tree in combination with ashes or cremated remains. The Living Urn® is the patented tree urn and planting system that makes it easy to transform the ashes of your lost loved one into a living tree memorial to honour your loved and give back to nature. Many people will plant on their own property or other special place and others may consider having the tree memorial planted at a memorial park or cemetery, such as a Memory Forest .


How do you plant a tree with cremated ashes?

With The Living Urn® one plants a tree with cremated ashes by first transferring the ashes into the BioUrn®. Next, the bag of the ash agent RootProtect® is emptied on top of the remains and the urn is placed in the planting hole in the ground. The young tree is then lowered into the urn and soil is filled into the space around the roots in the urn and the hole in which the urn and tree are in is filled in with soil. Next, press down the earth to ensure a stable footing for your tree or shrub. Apply a thick layer of mulch on the surface surrounding the tree and water the tree very well and on a regular basis. Your tree will grow up from the BioUrn® into a beautiful living memorial.


Are the burial pods organic?

The patented Living Urn® is the leading tree urn (or burial pod) and the BioUrn® itself is made from 100% biodegradable materials that are all natural. Even the packaging of our cremation tree kit is made from bamboo which is a sustainable resource and an excellent choice as an eco friendly building or packaging material.


Are tree urns environmentally friendly?

Yes! The Living Urn® BioUrn® and planting system is 100% biodegradable and all natural. Even the packaging of our cremation tree kit is made from bamboo which is a sustainable resource and eco-friendly material.


How to choose the right kind of tree?

The Living Urn® tree urn comes with an actual living tree that is 2 to 4 feet in height and comes in a pot with a strong, robust root system. This makes it easy for families to have success and grow a beautiful tree memorial.


What is the symbolism of becoming a tree after death?

Tree memorials have been occurring for centuries and many cultures throughout history have coveted their energy and even worshiped them. It brings new life that can continue to grow and honour and represent a person who passed in a beautiful way. There are many tree types, each with their own special meaning. In addition, trees, including the many incarcerations of The Tree of Life, are prevalent in various religious texts.


How much does it cost to turn ashes into a tree?

In order to turn ashes into a tree, you will first need to be cremated. The cost of cremation varies depending on where you live, if you’re working with a funeral home or a direct cremation provider, and what services you choose to include along with the cremation (a service, viewing, etc.). After a loved one is cremated, you will need to purchase The Living Urn and select a tree, which costs £109.50 to £139.50, depending on the type of tree or shrub and Living Urn system you choose.


Can I plant a tree memorial indoors?

Yes! There is an indoor version of The Living Urn® with indoor bonsai tree and houseplant options. To learn more, click here.


If I plant a tree urn, can I still scatter some of the ashes?

Yes and this is actually quite common! Many families will choose to have multiple memorials of a loved one – whether it's more than one Living Urn® tree memorial, or using The Living Urn® with some of the ashes and then scattering some or all of the remaining ashes.


Can I still hold a funeral if I plant a tree pod?

Yes, and many families hold a funeral or celebration of life with their loved one’s body present (before cremation), or after their loved one has been cremated with the urn present. In addition, The Living Urn® comes with an attractive bamboo casing that many families choose to display at a funeral service of a loved one.