The Living Urn is a patented tree urn and planting system that is offered by hundreds and hundreds of funeral homes, cemeteries, memorial parks, non-profits, and other funeral-related companies worldwide. Since it was introduced in 2015, there have been tens of thousands of plantings and satisfied families who now have a beautiful living tree memorial growing in honor of their loved one. Families who choose The Living Urn typically either plant on their own property, or they get permission to plant at a church, a local park, state or national park, golf course, or other special place of their choosing. Over fifty tree options are offered by The Living Urn and these options are narrowed down for customers by zip code to present what grows best in each area. Families can have a tree of choice shipped to their doorstep by The Living Urn, or alternatively, they can simply pick up a tree or bush at their local nursery and follow the instructions provided to plant with The Living Urn’s bio urn and planting system.
Multiple Memorial Trees
The Living Urn is designed to be used with as much or as little of one set of cremated ashes as desired and a growing trend among those who lose a loved one is to divide up their ashes and plant multiple memorial trees in their honor. There are many reasons for this, and below we’ve highlighted some of the most common ones:
Family Members Each Want a Tree Memorial
This is the most common reason families divide up a loved one’s ashes and grow multiple tree memorials. In today’s environment, it’s common that adult children, siblings, and other relatives live in different cities or states. And, many times, each will want their own memorial and a special way to honor the person who passed. The Living Urn makes this possible and easy on a family and offers a wide variety of tree options (over fifty!) that are narrowed down by zip code to the trees that grow best in each area.
Memorial Tree Planted at Multiple Locations
Many families have multiple places that they truly cherish and consider special. This can include the family home, a favorite vacation spot, a place where many memories occurred, or other places that they hold special. With The Living Urn, families can easily take the tree urn and planting system on a plane (as it TSA approved) or in a car to plant at different and meaningful places. Also, trees are shipped separately and can be sent directly to a planting location to make it easy for families.
Prefer Multiple Tree Types
The Living Urn offers many beautiful tree options, including trees that display brilliant colors of pink, red, yellow, orange, green, and white, evergreens, and other unique and interesting trees. For this reason, many families have trouble selecting just one and choose to divide up a loved one’s ashes into multiple beautiful tree memorials.
Love of Nature and Trees
Many people love trees and nature and want to give back to future generations. For this reason, they prefer to plant multiple tree memorials to honor their loved one. The Living Urn was designed to be used with as much as one set of cremation ashes or just a small portion, and families have planted 5, 10, and even 30 trees with one set of ashes and Living Urns. The multiple memorial trees planted beautify the area and give back to present and future generations.
The Living Urn continues to receive many calls each week from families looking to plant multiple Living Urns and grow multiple memorial trees. For this reason, we developed a family program where you can simply purchase multiple Living Urns and receive a bulk discount. With this option, you can choose to have the urns come with a tree voucher (that you can redeem from The Living Urn’s website or by calling our Denver-based customer service team) or Living Urns without trees (where you can simply go down to your local nursery and pick up a small tree or plant and follow the instructions provided to plant with The Living Urn).
The Family Tree
Another unique option for families is a ‘family tree’. This includes planting a large tree in the center with a Living Urn, then when another family member passes, place their ashes in a Living Urn and bury the urn adjacent to the tree. Common trees planted as a ‘family tree’ include oaks, willows and maples. This is a unique option where the roots of the tree will eventually spread to the space where the urns are buried around the tree. It is similar to a family plot in a cemetery, but includes a living focal point in the middle that represents the family and serves as a living memorial for the members of the family who passed. This ‘family tree’ provides surviving members of the family and friends with a single place to visit and remember and reflect on the entire family at one place.
In addition to The Living Urn’s tree urn and planting system, there are many other unique and uplifting memorials available for those who choose cremation. Many families will plant a portion of their loved one’s cremated ashes with The Living Urn, then include a portion in another urn or multiple other urns. This can include spreading their ashes at a special place with a scattering urn, burying their ashes at home or another special place with a burial urn, scattering ashes at sea in an urn designed for water burials, including a portion of the ashes in jewelry, launching a firework holding the ashes, and other unique options. With so many options, families can now have multiple beautiful memorials of a loved one – all with their own special meaning and unique beauty!
Which Memorial is Right for You?
The Living Urn has become a popular and uplifting option for families worldwide that want to honor a loved one and give back. With the increasing rate of cremation, there are also many new memorial options becoming available each year. This includes unique biodegradable urns that scatter ashes at a special place, water burials, and including a portion of the ashes in a piece of jewelry, among others. Whether you decide on a single memorial or multiple memorials, there are no ‘right’ options and it all depends on what your loved one would have wanted, your budget, and what’s works best for you and your family.