The Fascinating Cultural Trend of “Wish Trees”

What is a Wishing Tree? Trees serve as spiritual teachers of sorts, and both humans and wildlife are attracted to them for the refuge they provide. An interesting thing to consider is how cultures across the world form various traditions related to nature. Take for instance, a wishing tree. A wishing tree is essentially an […]

Death Café: Where You Can Talk About Death Over Tea and Cake

  Recently we wrote a post about the fascinating profession and lives of Death Doulas, individuals who have devoted their lives to helping people transition during their time of death. Following this article, we discovered the ever so interesting “Death Cafe.” A “Death Cafe” is essentially a talk hosted by an individual in any city, […]

Festivals That Honor the Dead All Around the World

From October 31st to November 2nd, the dead walk amongst us – at least, that’s what many cultures believe. All over the world there are cultural traditions of celebrating these special days. But what makes them so special, and why are they celebrated or recognized all over the world? To put it simply, it is […]

Death Doulas Are Helping Us Rethink The Way We Die

I know what you’re thinking. What is a death doula, or midwife – and what does being one, entail? Here at Bios Urn we are interested in all things that relate to nature, sustainability, and naturally – death. So what exactly is a “death doula”? A regular midwife or doula is a person who assists […]

Hanami is the popular Japanese tradition of flower viewing while picnicking

Hanami is a beautiful Japanese tradition focused on enjoying a day under the trees, with friends and a picnic.   Hanami is the Japanese tradition of flower viewing, which has been practiced for many centuries. In Japanese, Hanami quite literally translates to the phrase ¨flower viewing.¨ Japanese culture has a strong connection to nature, and […]

Petrichor, the smell of rain (VIDEO)

PETRICHOR This word stands for the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry grounds. The word is composed by the combination of two Greek words: petra, that is to say stone, and ichor in Greek mythology the eternal essence that was supposed to be the blood of gods. The term does not date back […]