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How to Become a Tree After You Die

At first glance, becoming a tree after you die may seem like a foreign concept, however it's something that's being done with people and pets throughout the US and worldwide. In fact, over the past few years tens of thousands of people's ashes have been planted with the patented Living Urn and are now growing beautiful living tree memorials. 

One factor that's driving this movement is the increase in families choosing cremation over burial (mainly due to a much lower cost of cremation, among other reasons). Many of these families are looking for unique alternatives and uplifting memorials that includes their ashes or the ashes of a loved one. This can include using a portion of the ashes to plant a tree memorial with The Living Urn, and the remaining ashes in beautiful small keepsake urns or other alternative memorials.

How Becoming a Tree After Death Worksbecoming a tree after death

Tens of thousands of families in the U.S. and worldwide have used the patented Living Urn – this gives families peace of mind that they’re using a system that is proven and actually works. In addition, over four thousand U.S. funeral homes offer The Living Urn to the families they serve, making it the leading bio urn choice of funeral homes nationwide.

The Patented Bio Urn for those Interested in Becoming a Tree After Dying

The Living Urn is a proven system with tens of thousands of uses and thousands of positive reviews. This system was developed with the help of leading soil scientists, arborists and material engineers to help ensure that the memorial tree will live and thrive. 

bio urn tree planting

Here’s a summary of how it works:

  1. Remove the bio urn from the bamboo casing and transfer your loved one’s ashes into the urn
  2. Pour the bag of the proprietary RootProtect® additive on top of the cremated remains
  3. Then, follow the easy instructions provided to plant the Living Urn with the tree
  4. A beautiful living tree will then grow from the urn to create a long-lasting memory of your loved one (or pet!)

Bamboo Casing Provided with Every Tree Urn

Every Living Tree Urn comes packaged in an all-natural bamboo casing. This can be engraved with your loved one’s name, dates, a sentiment, symbol, and anything else that is special to them. It is a great way to store the bio urn holding your loved one’s cremated remains until you’re ready to plant. The bamboo casing also makes for a great centerpiece at funerals or memorial events.  After the planting, many families will repurpose this unique case to hold a loved one’s belongings, turn it into a flower pot, among many other uses.

Become a Tree After Dying: The Living Urn's Extensive Tree Selection

With The Living Urn, you can choose from a number of tree options that can grow and thrive in your area (identified by zip code).  Depending on where you are planting it can be up to 70 tree and shrub options that includes maples, oaks, willows, pines, crape myrtles, cherry, evergreens, among many others. The tree you select is sent, on-demand, and comes two to four feet in height with a robust root system (in either a gallon or quart pot).

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Alternatively, you can opt for The Living Urn without a tree then simply pick a tree, shrub or rose bush up from your local nursery and follow the step-by-step planting instructions provided to plant with the bio urn.

Tree After Death Planting CeremoniesTree planting ceremonies

When a loved one chooses to become a tree after death, many families are now choosing to have a ceremonies around the tree planting to honor them in a unique and special way. At this memorial, you can have family and friends participate in the actual planting and you can also use this time to say something about your loved one who passed. It can even be a more formal event with a program, speakers, and more.  Be sure to check the weather and have options for cover if there’s a chance of rain or snow.

Plan Ahead to Become a Tree After Death

If you love the idea of becoming a tree after death but don’t have a need for it yet, there’s always the pre-planning tree memorial option. With this, you receive the patented Living Urn and planting system now with a voucher for a tree of choice that can be used anytime with no expiration. The bio urn and planting system has no expiration and can be kept for decades before planting.

Alternative Options to Becoming a Tree After You Die

If you don’t have a special place in mind to plant The Living Urn outdoors, consider a “living” indoor option.  Below we highlight two of the most popular options.

      • Living Urn Planter - the Living Urn Planter is handmade from premium hardwoods and includes a small pot on top where a succulent or small plant can be planted. This beautiful piece of art has a top and bottom piece that are held together by embedded rare earth magnets with a compartment in the middle to hold a loved one’s ashes. It is a great addition to any home décor and resembles more of an artistic piece than a standard urn.
      • Living Urn Indoors / Patio - the Living Urn Indoors / Patio is made from high quality porcelain and comes in three colors – White Pearl, Sunshine Yellow, and Celedon Blue. It has a circular shape and includes a compartment in the outer ring where a loved one’s ashes can be placed.  In the center is a potting chamber where a plant a bonsai tree or houseplant can be planted. This creates a beautiful ‘living’ memorial for a loved one that can be kept indoors on or a patio.

Can Pets Also Become a Tree After Dying?

Yes! The Living Urn also offers a pet version of its proprietary bio urn and planting system. With this, you can choose from the same large selection of trees to grow a living memory of your beloved pet at a special place of your choosing!

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