Including a handful of earth from Ireland with a burial is a symbolic gesture that has been a tradition among many Irish Americans dating back to the 1700s.
For hundreds of years, millions of Irish men, women and children left their beloved homeland for a new life across the ocean. They left for many reasons, including war, hunger, or to simply find a better life for their family. But, wherever they ended up, Ireland was still special in their hearts and their love for the Old Country remained present in their lives and the lives of future generations born in a nation far from their origins and the birthplace of their ancestors.
Recognizing this strong connection between Irish Americans and their roots and the tradition of placing earth from Ireland on top of the caskets of Irish Americans, The Living Urn, America’s leading bio urn and planting system designed to grow a memory tree, recently partnered with Handful of Home and launched The Irish Living Urn for Irish Americans and others looking to honor their Irish heritage. The Irish Living Urn consists of The Living Urn’s proprietary bio urn and planting system and incorporates Handful of Home’s earth from Ireland, giving Irish American families the ability to have a tree memorial of a loved one that incorporates the earth of their homeland.
Mark Brewer, President of The Living Urn commented, “We’re excited about our recent partnership with Handful of Home and our joint launch of The Irish Living Urn. This special bio urn and planting system is quickly growing in popularity among Irish Americans looking for a meaningful and affordable way to truly honor their loved ones who pass.”
Brewer continues, “There are over 34 million Irish Americans in the U.S. and more and more are choosing cremation over burial. They’re looking for unique, uplifting memorials and The Irish Living Urn provides them a beautiful option that gives them the ability to grow an enduring tree memorial with the cremated remains of their loved one and the soil from the land of their ancestors. We expect that over the next few years, thousands of Irish Americans will be honored with an enduring tree memorial by utilizing the Irish Living Urn.”
Aifric O Byrne, President of Handful of Home commented, “We’ve been focused on the burial market and are excited to recently enter into the cremation market with The Living Urn. We believe The Irish Living Urn is a beautiful option for Irish Americans looking for an uplifting memorial. Incorporating the earth of Ireland in a celebration of life is an ancient tradition and allows families to lay their loved one to rest and honor their cultural roots. With The Irish Living Urn, we’re now taking it a step further by incorporating the earth from Ireland in a tree planting and memorial.”
Each Irish Living Urn comes with The Living Urn’s proprietary bio urn made from recycled plant materials, Handful of Home Ceremonial Canister containing 100% pure Irish earth, RootProtect™, a natural soil additive that serves to counter certain properties of cremated remains that can make the growing environment harsh, aged wood chips, and comes packaged in an attractive eco-friendly bamboo cylinder. Families can also choose from over 20 tree and shrub options to be planted with the Irish Living Urn. In addition, the bamboo cylinder the bio urn comes packaged in and the Handful of Home Ceremonial Canister are commonly incorporated in ceremonies honoring loved ones.
About The Living Urn®
The Living Urn®, America's leading bio urn and planting system, is designed to grow a tree memorial, or be planted with a plant or flowers, along with cremated remains. The Living Urn® provides families with everything they need to grow a living memorial and now offers versions of their urn and planting system for both, outdoor and indoor use. These patent pending systems are designed to be used with young trees, and not seeds. Customers select their tree from a tailored menu of tree options best suited for each distinct geographic region identified by zip code. The Living Urn® is available in two versions – one for people and the other for pets. For more information, please visit TheLivingUrn.com.
About Handful of Home
Handful of Home gives Irish Americans the ability to honor their cultural roots at the most important moments of their lives. The beautifully designed Ceremonial Canister filled with 100% pure Irish earth lets families place a handful of the Old Country on top of the urns or caskets of loved ones, laying them to rest on the land of their forefathers. Each Ceremonial Canister contains two pounds of pure Irish earth, harvested from some of the finest fields across Ireland. The earth is carefully treated to ensure that it meets 100% of the USDA import regulations. The Irish earth is packaged and shipped with care, to ensure to preserve its texture, quality and timeless essence. To find out more, visit us at handfulofhome.com.