Death Transformed Into Life
February 24, 2014

Death Transformed Into Life

Everyone has heard of burials and being cremated. Some even know about green burials. Now, though, there is an even more green way to have a green burial. As the Spirit Science and Metaphysics website explains, a new option for planning for our end of life is to become a tree after we die. I know what you are thinking; how do we morph into a tree after death? Well, the answer is simple: Bios Urn.

As Spirit Science and Metaphysics says, “Bios Urn is a funerary urn made ​​from biodegradable materials that will turn you into a tree after you die. Inside the urn there is a pine seed, which can be replaced by any other seed or plant, and will grow to remember your loved one.” And if pine does not tickle one’s fancy, then an individual can choose a different seed. The website further explains that instead of a tree seed  one can choose what kind of plant he or she would want to become. So, if the planting space is small, perhaps a bush is best. The options allow for everyone to be content with their plant/tree choice. Through the Bios Urn, death becomes life once again.

Here’s how it works: first, the deceased is cremated. Then the ashes get put into the Bios Urn. The urn is made from coconut shell and the inside has compacted peat and cellulose. The latter two mix with the ashes, and then the seed goes inside this mixture, and all get placed in the urn. Once all that happens, the loved ones plant the Bios Urn, and watch their deceased loved one’s ashes turn into life once again.

Now, talk about a green funeral. This after death option definitely fulfills the circle of life. With this option, one’s death supports the environment, promotes life, and leaves a legacy for future generations. The headstones of cemeteries provide loved ones with a physical place to go and remember their dead. The Bios Urn takes that one step further because loved ones certainly have that physical place to go remember while also seeing life transformed.

Traditional burial has never been something that I wanted. For a long time, I just assumed that I would be cremated and then my ashes spread to the wind to fall to the earth and be renewed. Then I learned of green burials and thought those were pretty interesting, although the cremation and ashes thrown to the wind still sat as my preference. But becoming a plant or tree seems to combine what I loved about cremation with an interesting transformation of one life to another.

Thinking about our own deaths is not easy, and planning for the event is even harder. However, through the Bios Urn, perhaps it may be just a tad bit easier for some since death becomes life renewed and transformed. I, for one, absolutely love the idea of the Bios Urn. This option certainly promotes the environment. Cemeteries take up quite a bit of space, and with the growing population and shrinking space, this option also promotes the well-being of the ecosystem. Plus, it adds to the beauty of nature. What an interesting idea for a burial.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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