by JOE MARTINO
This cool find is certainly something that you don’t hear of every day but deals with something that will one day affect us all; death. Not to scare you away or anything, but this awesome find is actually an interesting approach to funeral arrangements that may very well be a thing of the future. A taboo still exists in many ways when approaching this subject, especially when talking to relatives. I am very fortunate that the elder relatives in my family were very open and had even been looking at Funeral Packages in Puyallup already! Openness is so important when communicating on important things like funerals. The topic of funerals/death isn’t one that many people like to talk about, but it is something that is inevitable. A funeral can be an expensive time for anyone, which is why some people may decide to set up a GoFundMe, for example, in the hopes of raising money to give their loved ones the send-off they deserve.
Gerard Moline has designed the very first biodegradable urn called the Bios Urn. The urn itself is made from coconut shell, compacted peat, and cellulose. Inside the urn comes a seed for a tree. Once a person remains are placed into the urn, it can be planted and from that, you have a tree. You could say that if you chose this urn for your body when you die, you would grow into a tree! You’ll get a tree burial! The Bios urn also gives you the choice of which type of tree you would like to grow. So if you always wanted to be a Douglas Fur when you grew up, then this could help make that a reality.
How does one come up with such an idea? Gerard has the idea come to fruition after working in the funeral business for quite some time and realizing he could create an interesting new way to “leave this world.” In this sense, we can see that this urn truly explores the notion of “life after death.” At the same time, it is an awesome, cheap eco solution to a very expensive business.
The average funeral, if choosing burial options, can run a family upwards between $7000 and $10,000 but that can jump higher depending on chosen options. Cremation can cost about $2500+ on average and with the Bios Urn, you can add a low-cost option to an otherwise costly service. At the same time, the option is unique and environmentally friendly. You’re able to click here to learn about cremation services if you’re thinking of opting for a tree urn for your family or yourself when the time comes.
Credit: Collective Evolution