Living Urns Create A Living Memorial

by Mallory O'Sullivan | Jul 26, 2018
Living Urns

Cremation is on the rise in America, with more than 50% of people choosing cremation over traditional burial options in the last few years. However, families and friends are increasingly looking for ways to honor their loved ones outside of the typical urn. The newest trend in burial and cremation practices is the living urn, a biodegradable urn that typically includes a tree-growing kit. Friends or family members can plant the urn and grow a tree to memorialize their loved one.

Green burials have already become popular in the United States and other places around the world. Environmentally cautious people are choosing to be buried in a biodegradable casket more frequently, and the living urn takes that concept another step. These products are environmentally-friendly and save space typically taken up with a traditional burial. They also provide a memorial for loved ones of the deceased and another way to honor their life and memory.

Currently, there are three companies at the forefront of developing and producing living urns. Bios, a Spanish company, offers a Bios Urn, and clients can choose from five different types of trees. They are also developing the Bios Incube, a smart device that pairs with the urn to allow you to grow a seedling from your home and track its growth.

The Living Urn is one of the leading companies in the biodegradable urn industry. This Colorado-based company offers a handmade bamboo container and tree-growing kit. Clients can choose from 15 to 20 types of trees based on their location and which plants will work best in their environment. The company also offers a pet urn option.

EterniTrees, an Oregon-based company, offers a biodegradable urn that allows clients to utilize their loved ones cremains in multiple ways. The EterniTrees urn is the smallest of the three options and provides the choice for planting multiple trees using the cremains or scattering some of the ashes. Clients can choose from 15 types of trees conducive to growing in their area.

As the popularity of cremation continues to rise, living urn or biodegradable urn options will also likely become increasing popular. Funeral professionals should keep up with industry trends in order to offer the best services to their clients. Funeral directors can offer a personalized customer service experience by providing families and friends with all of the options available for memorializing their loved one.

FuneralCE®, a service of WebCE®, offers Cremation Best Practices, a funeral continuing education course that introduces the practical and technical aspects of cremation. Funeral professionals can stay up-to-date with this industry trend, learn key cremation terminology, and find strategies to enhance their customer service and create a positive memorial experience. To order, visit the FuneralCE course catalog, or call 877-332-8480 to speak to a member of our support services team.

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