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Bios Urn Stories

In May of 2015, a new adventure took place in California. We decided to meet some of the first people to purchase and use a Bios Urn. During a few weeks we had the privilege of speaking with these individuals about their experiences with life and death, and understanding where the Bios Urn fit into this equation.

These interviews were conducted in various areas of California, spanning all the way from Sacramento to San Diego. The ages of those interviewed differ in range, yet their ways of thinking about life is much the same. This video is dedicated to these pioneers of change and growth, and to rediscovering the meaning of life, after life.

Client Stories

Client Stories

Anne Stadnyk purchased a Bios Urn in July of 2016 after her son discovered the Bios Urn online and shared the idea with her. She used a Bios Urn for her father who passed away in April of 2016. She is an only child whose parents were married and together for over 55 years.

Anne chose to plant the Bios Urn in a nearby forest so she could visit it as often as she liked. The spot she chose had a special meaning and connection to her father, as it was a place that her son and father would frequently visit and walk through together. It was very important for her to have both parents close by, in a location that was not just tangible, but sentimental. Connection was and is key.

¨The Bios Urn was the PERFECT solution for me… I placed my dad in the forest close to my home where he will always be part of the flora and fauna there and I can visit whenever I like. I am grateful for having the best parents on the planet and am happy now that they will be forever close to me :)¨

She shared with us some photos of her dad´s Western Hemlock tree, which is growing steadily and healthily! Her intention is to take a photo of the tree during each season, as time moves forward, and it continues to grow with each passing month, and year.

She left off with sharing this message with us, and gave us permission to share it with you, too.

¨P.S – It feels really good to share about my dad and mom and special memories of them. I will go and share this with my dad in the next few days and my mom today when I visit her at her Care Home. We will have a little cry together and then feel good they are both close to me and grandson. It’s more than marketing you are creating by asking people to share their stories with your product. Thank you :)

Cheers, Anne.¨

Why do we share stories? Why is this important for us? For us, it is about much more than just a product we sell and believe in. For us, it is about change and growth. Thousands of people all over the world have chosen to leave this world in a different way, and have in many ways been pioneers on this frontier. They are people who resonate with the overall experience, and with the earth in which we inhabit. This is important. You know our story at Bios Urn, and we feel you should know theirs as well.

Have you used a Bios Urn? Where is it planted? Why did you plant it there? Who did you plant it for? Share your story with us, and share it with the world.

Thank you for taking part in the #lifeafterlife movement.

Date: 12/01/2017

The rise of memorial gardens and natural burial grounds

At Bios Urn we are firm believers in natural burial grounds. We strive to support the natural burial ground movement grow in all countries around the world.

Memorial gardens

Bios Urn Blog: Natural burial grounds

Memorial gardens are areas planted for a specific purpose. That purpose is to remember someone or something special. Memorial gardens are usually planted in memory of people who have passed away. The garden is planted as a tribute to the life or lives that were lost.

A memorial garden can be in a private garden or in a public one such as the Parque de la Paz (Park of Peace) or the Parc Roques Blanques, both in Spain.

They tend to offer different alternatives: from the burial of a tomb or an urn to family plots, all in a natural environment as opposed to a traditional cemetary.

They are gardens that are nice to walk around and be in, whethere you are visiting a loved-one or not.

Natural burial grounds

Bios Urn Blog: Natural burial grounds

Close to nature, simple and comforting, more and more organizations offer burials in the forest as an alternative to the traditional cemetery.

Graves are identified by colored bands tied around the trees. In the middle of the forest, Most often, the ashes of the dead rest in biodegradable urns at the roots of trees like at Arbres de Memoire in France as seen above. 

Grave decorations are often not allowed in natural burial grounds such as Fried Wald or Trauer Waldoase both located in Germany, because arrangements, candles and tombstones do not fit into the natural environment of the forest. They are replaced by moss, ferns, wildflowers, colorful leaves and snow, which adorn the tree´s roots according to the season and make them individual places of remembrance. Nature takes over.

Unique in Europe, the Memory Grove at Ad Medirraneum in Spain offers the possibility to bury an urn under an always-green orange tree, embedded in a wonderful scenery.

Planted placenta a growing business

Jenne BrammerThe West Australian
Bryce Roberts with Ethan Bailes.
Bryce Roberts with Ethan Bailes

The thought may make some feel squeamish, but for others it could provide a way to turn a disused body organ into something more special and lasting.

Fly-in, fly-out sparky Bryce Roberts has set up a business which hopes to capture demand from Perth’s new mums who are looking to do something with their nutrient-rich placentas.

He is providing biodegradable capsules which enable mums to use their placentas, along with a chosen seedling, to grow celebration trees without the risk of interference by pets or animals.

The concept is a spin-off from a business he started in 2016 called Tree of Memories, distributing the biodegradable Bios Urn capsules, enabling people to create a living memory of a loved person or pet by using their ashes to grow a tree.

More recently, Mr Roberts said he found there was also demand to use the capsules at the start of life, so he has started a sideline business called Happy Birth Tree.

Planting placentas has been a tradition in many cultures, and is gaining momentum in the Western world. The Maori traditionally bury placentas on tribal land, which is said to help the child to establish a personal and spiritual connection to the land.

The Native American Navajo, bury placentas to ensure children always return home, and in Bali the placenta is believed to be the physical body of the child’s guardian angel, so is treated with the utmost respect

“People have been doing this for many years already, but there has always been a threat of pets digging the placenta up as home land lot sizes have increasingly become smaller,” he said.

The biodegradable capsule, which costs $189 and is planted in the ground or a big pot, is made by a Spanish company and has two sections. The upper section contains an organic growth medium, where a chosen seedling is planted. The lower section houses the placenta, safely encapsulated to protect it from the environment and any pets.

Bryce Roberts with his cousin Emma Bailes and her son Ethan.
Bryce Roberts with his cousin Emma Bailes and her son Ethan.Picture: Simon Santi

Mr Roberts said he stumbled across the idea after getting interest from mothers who were looking to plant their placentas.

“I then spoke to some midwives, who said that they have needed something like this as an option for mums for a long time,” he said.

“Most mothers we found didn’t take their placentas home as they didn’t know what to do with it, except the choice of making pills out of it to ingest — that is is a little hard to swallow for most.”

Perth company Pure Placentas offers a placenta encapsulation services. Last year, the company run by midwife Mel Johnson encapsulated between 150-200 placentas.