“I am sure my Mom would love it!” – Elizabeth’s Bios Incube story

We feature real-life stories about people all over the world who have used a Bios Urn® or a Bios Incube®. And today we are sharing Elizabeth’s unique Bios Incube story.

For us, it is so important to share real people´s stories because it is about much more than just a product we sell and believe in. For us, it is about change and growth in one of life’s most difficult moments. Thousands of people all over the world have chosen to leave this world in a different way, and have been pioneers on this frontier. Elizabeth is one of them, especially with the Bios Incube® which is still a very new idea.

We are still trying to change the way people approach death, and understand life. This begins with changing the minds of people, and then changing the minds of the institutions. Your support helps us do that, and we are extremely humbled and grateful.


Elizabeth’s unique Bios Incube story

How I came across the idea

My daughter mentioned the Bios Urn in one conversation we were having about what was her preference for dealing with us when the time comes. I immediately went online and read all about it on the website. This is when i also discovered the Bios Incube ad I loved the idea.

We are from Puerto Rico. My Mom was born there, but she was raised in New York and also studied in Tennessee. She met my Dad through a cousin that encouraged her to write to him while he was in the Navy. Later they got married and moved back to Puerto Rico. When my Dad retired, he was a Lutheran Minister.

When my Dad sadly passed away, we decided to bury his ashes in the Memorial Cemetery in Puerto Rico because he was a veteran. At that time, we brought my Mom to California where we were living.

When my beloved Mom passed away when she was 91 years old and I immediately I ordered a Bios Urn having remembered my conversation with my daughter. Even though my Mom also had a spot for her with my Dad, we decided not to ship her ashes back and chose to keep them close.

I continued reading more about the Bios Incube and decided to get it too because I live in a retired community that doesn’t allow for planting trees. I thought I could keep the Incube in our porch.

Bios Urn Blog: My Bios Incube story by Elizabeth

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Choosing the right tree

Because my Mom was a religious person, we chose an olive tree because of its biblical sense and also because it symbolize peace.

After looking and researching for seeds (trees) that were appropriate I decided to go with the Little Ollie Dwarf fruitless tree. It doesn’t bear fruits, it is cleaner, and doesn’t take a lot of water which is appropriate for the climate in Southern California where we live. It is a very hardy and strong tree and you find it around our area a lot.

It took us a while to find the perfect seedling because there are no seeds for the Little Ollie tree. So I decided to buy a small tree and plant it in our Bios Incube. We found a very small one and we kept it and nurtured it until the Bios Incube arrived. Because my Mom also loved white, the Incube really was perfect.

Bios Urn Blog: My Bios Incube story by Elizabeth

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Taking care of it

The Little Ollie tree needs sun, but doesn’t need to be directly under it all day. So we placed the Incube in our porch that is ¼ uncovered and at the beginning we placed it in that area.

But when we had a lot of rain, I moved it out of that area and it has kept great. I always check every day to be sure that the tree is thriving.

Why we love having our Bios Incube in our home

It is very nice and inspiring to see it every time we go out since is outside in the front porch next to the entrance gate of the unit we live. Every time friends visit us, I tell them about my Bios Incube story and how my Mom ashes are there. Everybody that has seen it loved the idea. I believe that this is the best way to commemorate and also to help the environment. Instead of filling cemeteries or mausoleums, plant them to grow trees.

I am sure my Mom would love it!

Bios Urn Blog: My Bios Incube story by Elizabeth

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Each planting of a Bios Incube® is unique

Each planting, each location, is specific to the individual and family, and no two Bios Incubes® in the world are the same. That’s the beauty of these real-life stories, there is a sense of autonomy and choice. Dealing with loss is always hard, and tends to send life in an unknown and often confusing direction.

One thing we believe at Bios, is that people see the beauty of life expressed in nature, and in trees. How we connect with these cycles and these stages is personal into and of itself, but the important thing is that we all connect. Like Elizabeth’s own Bios Incube story. Our only hope is to provide comfort and a positive alternative to those who have experienced loss, and to provide a voice for those willing to share their unique stories.


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