Roses have inspired people for thousands of years and carry significant meaning. The ancient Greeks and Romans associated red roses with Venus, the love goddess. To this day people still relate red roses with love and a great way to say “I love you”. Each year in the U.S. alone, over 110 million red roses are sold for Valentine’s Day.
Other colors of roses are also symbolic – yellow roses symbolize friendship and joy and that perfect “thank you”, white roses are a symbol of purity and innocence, green roses are for peace and tranquility and are also symbolic of new life and good health; dark pink roses symbolize appreciation and thankfulness with light pink symbolizing innocence; orange roses are a symbol of enthusiasm and pride; and lavender roses symbolize enchantment.
People feel such a great connection with roses and their sheer beauty. Through the years many people have chosen to have their cremated remains scattered in rose gardens. Now, with The Living Urn bio urn, people are taking this a step further and are choosing to have their ashes planted with a rose bush to create a beautiful living rose memorial.
We spoke with Mark Brewer, The Living Urn’s co-founder and president, about this growing trend, “The Living Urn bio urn and planting system has mainly been used with trees to grow memorials. However, many people don’t realize that roses and other flowers can be planted with The Living Urn to grow into a beautiful memorial. Growing roses with a Living Urn bio urn and a loved one’s ashes is becoming quite popular and we provide easy to follow instructions that make it easy on a family to plant a rose bush with our system and their loved one’s cremated remains. We have many great testimonials from families who have done this and more continue to come in each week.”
Brewer continues, “Planting roses with The Living Urn gives families added flexibility as these can either be planted in the yard, or in a large pot. Roses also take up less space than most trees. Families who want to do this simply order a Living Urn without a tree seedling, then visit their local nursery to pick up a small rose bush to plant with The Living Urn. It’s a simple process and we provide families with what they need to plant a loved one’s ashes with the rose bush to help the rose memorial grow and thrive.”