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How you would like your ashes to fertilize a tree when you die?

Amber 2013/02/21 23:04:26
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How would you like to grow into a tree after you die?


This is a Bios Urn, a completely biodegradable urn that contains a
single tree seed. When planted, the tree seed is nourished by and
absorbs the nutrients from the ashes. The urn itself is made from
coconut shell and contains compacted peat and cellulose. The ashes are
mixed with this, and the seed placed inside. You can even choose which
type of tree you'd like to grow.
What do you all think about the idea? Is it something you would consider doing?
Personally I like the idea. I haven't decided what I want to be done with my body after I die, but I don't really want a conventional burial. They're expensive, and in my opinion just burden the family you leave behind. I've always kind of hated the idea of cremation, too, because then your realitives get stuck with this jar of ashes to keep up with, and that really isn't any place for them to go and mourn. This kind of solves both of these problems.
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  • Little Miss Monster 2013/02/21 23:58:50
    I like the idea
    Little Miss Monster
    +6
    I like this idea a lot, actually, because I love trees and knowing that a part of me would be in the tree would be awesome. My loved ones could go and see the tree, knowing that it would contain part of me there and that I'd be happy to be able to provide some nutrients for the tree.

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  • Amber flaca BN-0 2013/02/22 17:36:04
    Amber
    +4
    Then many cute Asians and psuedo-oriental restaurants would use you to aid their dining pleasure. I'm sure most people make sure they're planted somewhere safe, though.
  • flaca BN-0 Amber 2013/02/22 21:50:00
    flaca BN-0
    +3
    I'm funning with ya Amber. I can't think of anything nicer than being part of a tree.
    With the birds for company...
  • Amber flaca BN-0 2013/02/22 22:46:29
    Amber
    +2
    I figured :) Just trying to fun back.
  • rand 2013/02/22 02:41:31
    Not for me
    rand
    +4
    It's a waste of energy. I'd rather have my entire unburned body do the fertilizing.
  • Amber rand 2013/02/22 05:10:30
    Amber
    +2
    I've thought of that too, but I don't know anywhere around here that does natural burials. Not to mention I have no idea what one would cost.
  • BoomLover Amber 2013/02/24 06:35:00
    BoomLover
    A couple of good friends, with a couple of shovels...you could be anywhere...out in the woods, in the desert, deep on a sandy shore...all they need is a dark night and a few hours of privacy...(And they probably wouldn't charge you very much, either...)
  • Little Miss Monster 2013/02/21 23:58:50
    I like the idea
    Little Miss Monster
    +6
    I like this idea a lot, actually, because I love trees and knowing that a part of me would be in the tree would be awesome. My loved ones could go and see the tree, knowing that it would contain part of me there and that I'd be happy to be able to provide some nutrients for the tree.
  • kcandi 2013/02/21 23:40:08
    I like the idea
    kcandi
    +5
    We will be doing something with my mother-in-laws ashes this summer - that sounds like something she would have approved of. Where did you learn of this??
  • Amber kcandi 2013/02/21 23:55:16
    Amber
    I stumbled across it here:

    http://bigthink.com/design-fo...
  • kcandi Amber 2013/02/21 23:57:40
    kcandi
    thank you --I did find it online and will seriously speak with the rest of my family about this.
  • Amber kcandi 2013/02/22 05:11:31
    Amber
    +2
    You're welcome :) Glad that my question just happened to pop up at the right time to help you out.
  • John 2013/02/21 23:34:05 (edited)
    I like the idea
    John
    +4
    Hopefully my death will be way in the future but now it's just me. I want to be cremated anyway, so fertilizing a tree sounds like a good thing.

    Better yet put my ashes in a field of pot. It will be legal by then. It would make me happy to fertilize a heavy duty plant for the new generation of smokers.
  • Kitty John 2013/02/24 05:20:54
    Kitty
    +2
    That way you can get cremated all over again when they light up - and hey, maybe even a few more times, depending on where they dump their joint ashes when they're done.
  • John Kitty 2013/02/24 05:30:45
    John
    +3
    Finally someone who thinks like me! Thanks
  • lucythetooth 2013/02/21 23:21:11
    I like the idea
    lucythetooth
    +6
    I've already told my family to have the doctors take whatever they can use and torch the rest. Being a tree would be pretty cool. They could plant me in the front yard and say hello every time they leave the house.
  • Cat 2013/02/21 23:19:26
    I like the idea
    Cat
    +3
    Can I grow a Lorax tree? lorax tree lorax tree lorax tree
  • kcandi Cat 2013/02/21 23:57:59
    kcandi
    +1
    Now that would be awesome
  • sockpuppet 2013/02/21 23:15:52
    Undecided/Other
    sockpuppet
    +3
    If it's not a Bradford Pear, maybe. I'm mad at Bradford Pears.
  • Amber sockpuppet 2013/02/21 23:19:22
    Amber
    +1
    You can pick the tree, so no need to be a Bradford Pear :)
  • FELINE ... sockpuppet 2013/02/23 08:06:33
    FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK
    Be aware of any mistakes , mixed seeds , etc..:))
  • FELINE ... FELINE ... 2013/02/23 08:07:10
    FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK
    or you would be stuck in a Bradford Pear forever ...
  • sockpuppet FELINE ... 2013/02/24 02:46:55
    sockpuppet
    +1
    They're not very long-lived... the first ice storm that comes along generally knocks them down like bowling pins. I lost seven of them in one storm a few years back, and this is why I'm on the outs with them. :O\

    So it wouldn't be too long, and we'd all just be a pile of ashes and sawdust.
  • Amber sockpuppet 2013/02/24 04:08:14
    Amber
    +1
    I like Dogwood trees personally :)
  • sockpuppet Amber 2013/02/24 04:35:05
    sockpuppet
    +1
    Dogwood's my favorite. We have dozens of them in the neighborhood-- white, pink and that pnky-orange color. Just beautiful in the Spring. :O)
  • Amber sockpuppet 2013/02/24 06:35:29
    Amber
    +1
    We planted one in my back yard as a tombstone when my childhood dog died. I really like them too. We have a lot of them in my neighborhood too. Dogwoods, cherry trees, and weeping willows are my favorites.
  • FELINE ... sockpuppet 2013/02/24 10:14:11
    FELINE GESTURES IN THE DARK
    You must choose a tree with fruits . Your family can taste you again & again :)
    e.g.: Chestnuts :))
  • Kitty sockpuppet 2013/02/24 05:25:19
    Kitty
    +2
    Beware of STD's (sloping tree diseases). And you don't want to be a Weeping Willow either and spend your entire life weeping :(
  • sockpuppet Kitty 2013/02/24 05:40:36
    sockpuppet
    +1
    man.... that's true. This whole 'tree' thing has added a new layer of anxiety to the prospect of death.

    I may just go back to my original plan to be eaten by sea lions.
  • Kitty sockpuppet 2013/02/24 05:49:16
    Kitty
    And you don't want to have to spend your entire life on your tree knees before God.

  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2013/02/21 23:13:26
    Not for me
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Nope - my hubby and I will be mixed together and our son will place us in our preselected place.
  • Shifting Piece 2013/02/21 23:08:13
    Not for me
    Shifting Piece
    I want to be spread about.
    Or perhaps dunked in the ocean.
  • ~Here Comes The Sun~ 2013/02/21 23:07:53
    I like the idea
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    Why not, eh? Anyway I believe once you're dead you're dead....
  • Amber ~Here C... 2013/02/21 23:18:44
    Amber
    +2
    Me too. Most of my concerns are based off what my family would want. I don't particularly care all that much. I mean, I won't know anyway. I just don't really like conventional burials because they're so expensive, and this seemed like a nice alternative.
  • ~Here C... Amber 2013/02/22 00:21:50
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +2
    I'm leaving my body to get organ donated..
  • Amber ~Here C... 2013/02/23 21:41:29
    Amber
    +1
    Me too. I don't get people who opt not to be organ donors to be honest. I mean, you aren't using them, and they could save the life of someone else. Why not?
  • ~Here C... Amber 2013/02/24 17:21:14
    ~Here Comes The Sun~
    +1
    Exactly, it's a waste..

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