The rise of memorial gardens and natural burial grounds

In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people rejecting traditional burial customs and opting for a burial that better suits their beliefs, attitudes toward death and personal philosophy. One of the ways in which this has manifested itself is in an increase in demand for natural burial grounds.

While traditional burial methods are still the popular choice,memorial gardens and natural burial grounds are emerging as a popular alternative way of conducting a funeral. As with all matters relating to death, it’s important to consider the wishes of the deceased and to fulfil them as far as possible, regardless of whether they coincide with contemporary attitudes and practices.With this in mind, at Bios Urn we’re going to take a look at at the types of places which offer a natural burial grounds in a little more depth.

Firstly, what are natural burial grounds

The world of natural burial is very varied, but the common concept of natural burial is an alternative to the classic cemetery. 

A natural burial attempts to return a body to the earth in as natural a way as possible. This generally involves a rejection of embalming processes, cremation and caskets or coffins that won’t biodegrade with time and often takes place in green spaces, called natural burial grounds, such as wildflower meadows, protected woodland and park land.

Natural burials are for everyone, but may particularly appeal to those that desire a more simple burial process, to those that believe that the body is best returned to the earth upon death, and to those with a passion for conservationism.

At Bios Urn we are firm believers in natural burial grounds. We strive to support the natural burial ground movement grow in all countries around the world.

Memorial gardens

Bios Urn Blog: Natural burial grounds

Memorial gardens are areas planted for a specific purpose. That purpose is to remember someone or something special. Memorial gardens are usually planted in memory of people who have passed away. The garden is planted as a tribute to the life or lives that were lost.

A memorial garden can be in a private garden or in a public one such as the Parque de la Paz (Park of Peace) or the Parc Roques Blanques, both in Spain.

They tend to offer different alternatives: from the burial of a tomb or an urn to family plots, all in a natural environment as opposed to a traditional cemetary.

They are gardens that are nice to walk around and be in, whethere you are visiting a loved-one or not.

Natural burial grounds

Bios Urn Blog: Natural burial grounds

Close to nature, simple and comforting, more and more organizations offer burials in the forest as an alternative to the traditional cemetery.

Graves are identified by colored bands tied around the trees. In the middle of the forest, Most often, the ashes of the dead rest in biodegradable urns at the roots of trees like at Arbres de Memoire in France as seen above. 

Grave decorations are often not allowed in natural burial grounds such as Fried Wald or Trauer Waldoase both located in Germany, because arrangements, candles and tombstones do not fit into the natural environment of the forest. They are replaced by moss, ferns, wildflowers, colorful leaves and snow, which adorn the tree´s roots according to the season and make them individual places of remembrance. Nature takes over.

Unique in Europe, the Memory Grove at Ad Medirraneum in Spain offers the possibility to bury an urn under an always-green orange tree, embedded in a wonderful scenery.


The first Bios Urn cementary

Bios Urn Blog: Natural burial grounds

On May 6th, 2017, in Quebec, Canada, the first Bios Urn was planted in a special garden just for Bios Urns. A cemetery in Quebec has recently teamed up with a local Bios Urn distributor to provide a new experience for those seeking to use a Bios Urn, and plant it in a special outdoor garden.

Cimetière Catholique Granby, located in Granby, Quebec has devoted a portion of its land specifically to be used for the planting of a Bios Urn – the new garden is called Jardin d’arbre de vie in French, which roughly translates to “The tree of life garden”. This Bios garden is welcome to people of all faiths, and from all religions.

Do you know any recommendable natural burial grounds or memorial gardens?  Let us know in the Comments section below! We´d love to hear from you. Or if you would like to start your own Bios Urn natural burial ground, get in touch with us at

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