Life After life: Some of the first people in the world to use a Bios Urn

In May of 2015, a new adventure took place in California. We decided to meet some of the first people to purchase and use a Bios Urn. During a few weeks we had the privilege of speaking with these individuals about their experiences with life and death, and understanding where the Bios Urn fit into this equation.

These interviews were conducted in various areas of California, spanning all the way from Sacramento to San Diego. The ages of those interviewed differ in range, yet their ways of thinking about life is much the same. This video is dedicated to these pioneers of change and growth, and to rediscovering the meaning of life, after life.

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  1. Delicia Ambrosino says

    Though slow growing I would like to be an American Chestnut tree which was once the most populated tree next to pines…until a mite/ beetle from Japan started killing it. Now, after years and years of back breeding, trial and error it is now once again a tree we can repopulate with. In fact, I encourage people to do so. Gingkos repopulate/survive the turmoils our earth has gone through including the dying out of dinosaurs and the ice age. It is one of only a few trees that can honestly be called survivors of the worst. Aspen- the Mother Tree called so because if a fire wipes out entire forests it is the Aspen who rises and shines with it’s roots putting out “special occasion” suckers and in so doing repopulate the forest where other tree seed, plant seed, and spores have a chance to come back as well because the Aspen provides the condition the other plants need in order to grow. I wonder. Can a seedling be used instead of a seed?

      • Holly Campbell says

        How does your desire to use a bio urn interface with the funeral parlor? Do you buy the urn immediately and give it to them? Or do I go through the regular process and transfer the ashes into the urn myself? Not sure, if I have the band with to do all that if those ashes are my mom. However, I love the idea and would be a good way to respect my mother’s wishes to cremate her. I think this solution is one she would resonate with.

        • Bios Urn says

          Hello Holly, both options are fine. You can buy your Bios Urn and take it to the funeral home or simple transfer the ashes into the Bios Urn if you already have them in a different urn. Doing that is really easy, but you can also take both urns to the funeral home so the can handle it for you.

          All the best,

        • Margaret says

          I bought a bios urn recently when my 3rd son died unexpectedly and the funeral director collected the urn, placed the ashes into it then brought it back to me. I bought this urn mostly for the benefit of my son’s three young children who think it super that their dad will live again to look after the birds,butterflies and squirrels now that he cannot look after them. They could not grasp that he was gone for good into nothingness and the tree story seemed to lessen their dismay.

  2. Peggy Sebera says

    I was wondering how the trees which have been planted are doing. In your video, you did not show any growing trees.
    What percent of planted trees are now growing? Growing strongly?
    How deep are the seeds planted?
    How many years does it take various trees to break through? To reach a stage of strength?

    What trees do you recommend planting for Austin, Texas area? It is very hot there, of course.

    • Bios Urn says

      Hi Peggy, the first video of Bios Urn Stories is just a teaser from the first round of interviews. We will post single videos from people who plant a Bios Urn. The ones who don’t have their tree is because they didn’t use the product yet.

      And also, we’ve posted some images about tree grown with Bios Urn in our facebook and Instagram.

      Depending on each seed the growth time may be different. We recommend to use native seed from the area of planting, you can buy a Bios Urn without seed on and use it with any type of seed/tree. For specific information please email us to [email protected] our team will be more than glad to help 🙂

  3. Miguel Zúñiga says

    Me interesa mucho su urna mi madre era una amante de la naturaleza y que mejor forma de preservarla que en un arbol espero pronta respuesta gracias

  4. Colleen of Canada says

    What a great idea. Five years ago I planted a tree in a city park in memorandum of a friend who had passed unexpectedly. Our city allows this and takes care of the trees for the first three years; mind you they are already at least a year old. I had a ground plaquard made and the city keeps the grass around it trimmed as well. I would love to be planted there as well. I wondering if I could convince my city to allow this. If not there are new cemeteries building park like settings now. I won’t be planted at a home as house properties are often sold out of the family. A park rarely gets redeveloped and often loves to be replanted. Thank You for such a wonderful idea.

  5. Maggie says

    I would like to compliment you on the opportunity you give people and pets to live on in some way. My question is, do you intend to offer bonsai trees in the future (this is intended for a pet)?

  6. Genevieve Lancon says

    “Go Solo” by Tom Rosenthal is such a perfect song & music for this theme. Congratulations for all your kind and devoted services. It is the first time that I see people having a smile while speaking on going to a burial (Urnabios). It seems that the whole idea of planting a little tree seed on ashes of a loved one, restaures Hope to all humanity for Eternity. May such examples thrive in Love for ever. Thank you.

  7. mickey Hunnefeld says

    If I were to purchase one now, and die in 10 years, would the seed still be viable? Would it be better to purchase the urn without seed? What about the soil? Would it still have enough nutrients to support the seed?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hi Mickey, if you don’t plan to use the Bios Urn in the upcoming months I would recommend you to get a Bios Urn without seed. The urn with its components doesn’t have expiration date, so you can keep it saved for as long as you want. At the moment of planting you will be able to use any type of seed 🙂

  8. Carrie says

    My mother passed away 2 1/2 years ago and we still have her ashes, unsure of what to do with them. I have a couple questions about your product to see if it may be a good fit for our family. First off, what seeds would you recommend for Kansas and Ohio climates (my sister and I live in different states so we will be splitting our mother’s remains). Also, how much of the ash needs to be placed in the urn? Also, is there an ideal time to plant them, ie. Spring, Summer? Thank you!

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Carrie, thank for considering Bios Urn as an option for that important process. I’m glad to answer your questions. The Bios Urn can be used with any type of seed or sprout. From our store at I would recommend you to plant Pines or Maples, especially on early summer. But you could also use a native seed or tree from your area with our Bios Urn without seed available in

      Finally, the Bios Urn can be used with any amount of ashes. You can plant it with all the ashes, or just a portion, in case you want to keep some of them a part.

  9. Amanda Flores says

    IM SO DOING THIS OH MY GOD. This is the best thing I’ve ever seen in my life and I will forever try and convince all my loved ones and friends to do this. This entire project makes me so happy and less afraid of dying. On top of it all its great for the environment and has such a positive outlook on afterlife. I LOVE IT.

  10. Marco says

    Hi, your initiative is absolutely amazing and I would definitely buy that for my mother, as soon as I find a suitable place to grow her tree.
    Just one question: does the tree really feeds on the ashes?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Jeni, the Bios Urn doesn’t have expiration date, so you can keep it for as long as you need. If you don’t plan to use it anytime soon, we recommend you to buy a Bios Urn without seed available on You will be able to add your seed when planting.

  11. Alicia says

    Desearía comprar una de sus urnas para plantar en Guatemala, Central América, cual es el precio de la urna, el costo del envío y que procedimiento debe seguirse?

  12. Alina says


    How does the urn work? Do you give the urn to the crematory when you have your loved one cremated or must you transfer ashes to the urn yourself?

  13. Karen Childress says

    What an amazingly wonderful idea! I am terminally I’ll and often have told my family I wanted to be cremated and buried with the trees and flowers in the forests as the forests and mountains hold a special place in my heart. This will be perfect for what I want done. It would be wonderful if when the National Forest Service holds their green days.. tree plantings.. if they could be convinced to allow folks to do this with their loved ones? It would be wonderful for those of us who have so much heart there already… and the families would have comfort in knowing that their loved ones tree and remains would go untouched for eternity.. Thank you for such a Wonderful alternative and an Answer to my prayers.. you are true Angel’s here on Earth!!

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Karen, thank you very much for your support to Bios Urn and the idea of National Forest Services. That would be simply amazing 🙂

  14. Rachel says

    I am wondering if I there are any trees that can be planted in large pots or planters to be able to be moved for the first few years of growth. Or which ones are best for that. I live in southern california

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Rachel, you can plant any tree you want. But you must be sure of the environment conditions, which will be different according to the type of tree you use. We can help you in more detail, please contact us at [email protected]

  15. Karren Egstad says

    I am very interested in Bio Urn as it makes total sense to use your remains to give back to the environment if it be the only
    reason able way ! I do have a question , how soon should one order the product as it will be me whom will be ordering to have it
    ready ?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Karren, you can order the Bios Urn when you want, as it doesn’t has expiration date. We recommend to order a Bios Urn without seed if you don’t plan to use it anytime soon. You will be able to add a new seed when planting.

  16. Kairi Gainsborough says

    I have never heard of biodegradable urns before, but I can see how it would be a great way to remember a loved one. Because it needs to be buried on private property, I think this would be a good option for pets. A couple years ago I had to bury my bird in the backyard. Normally, I wouldn’t have that option for a larger pet, like a dog or cat. With an urn like this, it would be no problem, and a great monument to one of my best friends.

  17. Mike Holland says

    Why we put the ashes into Bio Urn to plain a tree instead of mix the ashes with the soils to plain a tree on the ground directly?

    • Bios Urn says

      Because the Bios Urn helps the tree germinate and grow during the first months of life. Otherwise the ashes would have a negative effect over the tree 🙂

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Lei,

      Absolutely! You can use the Bios Urn on a green burial ground, or in a cemetery if you would like.

  18. Shara says

    Hola, quisiera saber si ofrecéis asesoramiento sobre qué árbol plantar dependiendo de tu país ( vivo en málaga españa) . Y si me podéis decir dónde tenéis más fotos muchas gracias.

    • Bios Urn says

      Hola Shara, si nosotros tenemos opciones para España, pero normalmente recommendamos usar una planta o arbol nativo.

  19. Tamara M. says

    Can the urn be replanted? I’m considering having one in my home for my pet. If the tree doesn’t thrive or I change my mind on a tree type, would this work?

    • Bios Urn says

      Hello Tamara! As the Bios Urn is biodegradable it cannot itself be replanted. The tree, however, can be replanted. If you would like, you can use more than one Bios Urn so that you can choose multiple tree species!

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