Thinking ahead can help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about funeral arrangements. It allows you to choose the specific items you want and need, and compare the prices of the different options. It also spares your survivors the stress of making these decisions under the pressure of time and strong emotions.
Pre-planning is not just something being done for "traditional" funerals. As Mark Brewer, one of the co-founders of The Living Urn, a biodegradable urn that grows a memory tree from cremated remains, explains, “we’re receiving daily calls from people who want to purchase a Living Urn now so they have it and it’s immediately available to their family when they pass. Because many people who are pre-planning don’t know the exact time when they will pass, we simply include a voucher with The Living Urn that allows them, or their family, to select a tree seedling of their choice when the time comes to plant.”
Brewer continues, “What’s interesting is that we’ve been getting calls from people looking to pre-plan from a wide range of ages - people in their 90s all the way to people in their 30s. People are passionate about giving back to future generations and planting a tree from their remains and want to make sure that everything is in place when they pass so it’s not a burden on their friends or family. We also have many people who pre-plan that order multiple Living Urns so they can divide up their remains amongst their children to plant trees in their memory.
We’re excited to be a leading driver of this movement and believe that our eco-friendly alternative will continue to grow in demand as more people become aware of this uplifting option.”