Every few months we check in with our
customers community to see how they are doing, and how their Bios Urn is growing. Rhonda Quilantang replied to our email, and shared her Bios Urn journey and her mother’s story. We asked for her permission to share her and her mother´s story with the world, and Rhonda allowed us the opportunity to, and provided beautiful photos for us to share.
Rhonda’s Mom Chose the Bios Urn
Rhonda’s mother, Linda, had been battling Multiple Myeloma for over 7 years, which is a long time and requires so much strength as anyone with cancer can affirm. During her battle, Linda had made it clear that she wanted to be cremated. While it’s often uncomfortable to talk about, sometimes pre-planning or letting our family know what we want can bring ease to ourselves, and to our family members who have to deal with so many things after a loss occurs. Knowing you honor your family member’s wishes bring a sense of closure and contentment.
When Rhonda was on Facebook one day, her cousin discovered the Bios Urn through sheer coincidence, and shared it with her. Rhonda liked the idea, and thought about sharing it with her mother to see what she thought about it. Her mother too liked the idea of “becoming a tree” after she passed, and gave Rhonda her approval to use a Bios Urn with her ashes.
Rhonda ordered the Bios Urn, and it arrived the same day her mother passed away, in March 2015. During her Celebration of Life services, Rhonda was inspired by the Bios Urn to use a photo of her mother with a backdrop of leaves in the background for her services as it fit the theme of the celebration, and really represent the way her mother’s nature: strong, beautiful, and like nature – very giving.
During her Celebration of Life services, Rhonda and her Aunt and Uncle agreed to plant Linda’s Bios Urn in their backyard in Texas. They decided to choose a native tree to Texas, which is both ecologically responsible, and enduringly beautiful. Her Texas Red Oak now grows and changes year round, shedding its leaves and changing its colors. They planted it as a baby seedling, and it has since grown into a stunning sapling!
After the tree started growing, Rhonda’s uncle made a beautiful stone tree edging. One can clearly see how much love Linda’s family has put into her tree, and how beautiful it grows each year because of the fact.
We’re honored that Linda and Rhonda chose to use a Bios Urn, and that Rhonda has shared a piece of her story with us. We tell it with the utmost respect, and love.
Each Bios Urn planting is unique
Each planting, each location, is specific to the individual and family, and no two Bios Urns in the world are the same. That´s the beauty of these stories, there is a sense of autonomy and choice. Rhonda left off her last email to us, saying this:
It is growing nicely and is everything my mom, and our family, wanted.
My brother and I did keep a small amount of our mom’s ashes. It was really nice to have that option.
I feel great knowing my Aunt and Uncle are taking care of my mom’s tree.
Thank you for providing such a wonderful way to honor our loved ones.
I hope my family will do this for me when it’s my time.
Rhonda Quilantang “
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