5 Most-Read Posts of 2021 In The Bios Urn Blog !


One of the best things about what we do is writing about new content around death and the modern funeral industry then sharing it with our community in the Bios urn blog. It is fascinating to see first hand how things are evolving and becoming greener and more easily accessible throughout the world.

In the frequent blog publications that we post online, the articles range from the latest sustainable trends around living and dying and cultural shifts around death, to real testimonials from real people who have used a Bios Urn ® who share how the experience was for them and handy planting tips which are not only useful when planting a biodegradable urn, but when planting any tree or plant. If you like the sound of that, you can sign up here to find out when there is a new article online!

As each year comes to a close, we are always very interested in seeing what your favorite Bios urn blog articles were. Find out below which were the 5 most-read ones in 2021. Hopefully you find the topics as interesting as we did!


1. You Can Donate Your Organs And Then Become A Tree After You Die

When one passes away, there are various things that can be done with the body immediately after the passing:

  • · The body can be buried in a coffin in the ground.
  • · The body can be cremated, using heat only which is a standard cremation process, or using water then heat known as “green cremation” (Alkaline Hydrolysis).
  • · More recently, the body can decompose, becoming “human compost“, but this is not yet available in most countries.
  • · The body can be donated to science.
  • · The body’s organs can be donated to people in need of organ donation.

What many people don’t know is that the remains can be cremated and returned to the family once a body or organ donation has been finalized.So this means that you can donate your organs and/or your body to science, and still be planted as a tree with a Bios Urn ® afterwards.

We have already written about donating your body to science in a previous article where you can read about why people do it and how it helps. Find out how you can donate your organs and then become a tree after you die here…



2. Best Books About Death, Grief And Mortality

Processing grief can be a significant challenge to those directly experiencing loss and their loved ones. People’s experience of grief is very subjective, and as a culture, there is a considerable lack of literacy around death and grieving considering that it is an integral part of every single person’s life. This can leave us feeling isolated and unsupported in our grief, at a time when we need people and support most.

Reading books about grief, death and mortality should be ever-present throughout our lives, not just limited to times of grief.  Death affects us all. Yet it is still a taboo in our society, and grief is still profoundly misunderstood. There are some fascinating books based on personal and professional experiences which can be of great comfort and offer understanding of the matter, for adults and children alike.

While no single text can offer a simple answer, at Bios Urn ® we have compiled a list of books about grief, death and mortality that give a different perspective on death and that can, at the very least, help you better understand the grieving process.


This other Blog post on the Best TED Talks On The Subject Of Death was also a popular read!


3. Marion’s Testimonial about being a Dog Trainer and Pet Therapist

“Hello. My name is Marion François and I am a dog trainer and a zoo therapist. My job is to take care of dogs that cause problems for their owners. I am very good at teaching dogs amazing things. That’s why I became a dog trainer, or some might say I am a dog whisperer!

This is why, five years ago, I started my very own dog training and zootherapy service called Histoires de Chiens located in Switzerland where I live.

Then my wonderful Kumal, my oldest dog and work companion, left us abruptly this spring. This exceptional dog was at the origin of the creation of this company. That’s why I wanted to do something different to honor him…”



4. What You Need to Germinate Seeds Successfully

Growing a tree or plant from seed is a wonderful miracle of nature. It can be done by anyone with the right TLC, you definitely do not need to be a gardening expert.

Growing your own means making sure that you understand the needs of your chosen plant, and the environment in which they are grown, so that tiny seeds can become a huge majestic tree. When you get things right, it can be a truly rewarding experience, even therapeutic.

Seed germination is one of the most important moments of a tree’s life. Here are some simple tips to help you germinate seeds successfully, whether you are sowing them indoors, or directly into your garden.



5. Nathan’s Testimonial about Being a Specialist in Aquamation : the More Eco-friendly Cremation Method which Uses Water

“Hello. My name is Nathan, I live in Edmonton Alberta Canada.

I am the co-founder of Water to Sky Ltd, a company specialized in aquamation pet cremationan eco-friendly alternative to flame-based cremation…

When we heard about water cremation, we thought it was a wonderful idea to be able to give a gentle and respectful farewell in an eco-positive way. Is it a process that has many names: Alkaline hydrolysis being the official one, but it is frequently dubbed aquamation, water cremation, flameless cremation, resomation, biocremation or green cremation. Whichever way you call it, it is an eco-friendly alternative to cremation by heat and is becoming more widely accessible…”




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Most Read Posts of 2021 In The Bios Urn Blog !



What would you like us to write about in the Bios Urn blog in 2022? If you have any suggestions, we would love to hear from you in the Comments section below.

You may also enjoy seeing what the most-read Bios urn blog posts were in 2018, in 2019 and in 2020!

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  1. Cathie says

    I live in Chicago, IL and am interested in the aquamation process for myself and would like to make some kind of arrangements so that this is something that my grown daughters do not have to worry about when I am gone. Can you help me with this or do you know of a place in Chicago that can?

    • Bios Urn says

      Dear Cathie. Thank you for reaching out. We are pleased to let you know that Alkaline hydrolysis (aquamation) was legalized in Illinois in 2012, when the legislature redefined “cremation” to specifically include the process of water cremation. At Bios Urn, we do not manage the cremation side of things. We produce and send our biodegradable tree urns. Thanks to the materials used to create them, they can be kept indefinitely for years or decades. That is why many people order them in advance as part of their end-of-life plans. We have just sent you an email with options in Illinois. Let us know if you didn´t receive it!

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