Posted on Leave a comment

Mailbag: How long after death can ashes be used to grow a tree?

Do cremated ashes expire for planting as a tree?

From our Reader Mailbag, a question about our Memorial Tree Urns. These are cremation urns that hold a small amount of cremated remains (a.k.a. “ashes). The urn is then “planted” in the ground, and a tree grows from the included seeds, incorporating the remains into the tree.

The proprietary composition of the urn helps the ashes actually aid in the growth of the tree. This keen reader had a question about the use of the cremated remains themselves, and whether or not they expire. Continue reading Mailbag: How long after death can ashes be used to grow a tree?

Posted on 6 Comments

Can I Have a Funeral Without the Body? Some Practical Ideas

A funeral without the body present happens more often than you might think. It seems that many families, friends, and loved-ones holding funerals today don’t involve an actual physical burial. If there is a burial, it tends to be held privately at another time and place with just family present. Continue reading Can I Have a Funeral Without the Body? Some Practical Ideas

Posted on 2 Comments

Can I be planted as a tree when I die?

It’s a question we get all the time… “Can I be planted as a tree when I die?”

You’ve heard about this idea, and you’re intrigued. But will it work for you? Is it easy to do? What are the requirements, the regulations, the holdups, the costs, the prep? How does it work? Do you have to send out your remains – or those of your loved one? Does it only work with cremation? Or can you do full-body burial? What kinds of trees are available? How much actual work is involved?

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Continue reading Can I be planted as a tree when I die?

Posted on 1 Comment

5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

Planting a tree to honor the memory of a loved one – family member, friend, pet – is a beautiful tribute with significant and life-affirming symbolism.

We’re always on the lookout for creative and unique “living memorials” and eco-friendly funeral and memorial options (see here, here, herehere, and here for a few examples), so we’ve had a chance to gather plenty of ideas. Check out these 5 ways you can plant a tree in memory of a loved one.  Continue reading 5 Ways You Can Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

Posted on Leave a comment

Mailbag: Purchasing More Than One Urn

Purchasing Cremation Urns

From the reader mailbag, a question covering a variety of topics, including:

  1. Purchasing more than one urn (for each child in the family)
  2. Shipping memorial trees to Canada
  3. Planning ahead

Continue reading Mailbag: Purchasing More Than One Urn

Posted on Leave a comment

Mailbag: Memorial Tree Urn with Iris Bulbs

Memorial Urn

From the mailbag, we have another unique question about our Memorial Tree Urns, this time about planting dwarf iris bulbs in a small container along with the urn. It’s always fascinating to see the many ways these memorial planters can be used! Continue reading Mailbag: Memorial Tree Urn with Iris Bulbs