The Tree of Life Garden is dedicated to planting the Bios Urn
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 (Arbre De Vie Quebec) 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.
Families and individuals will be invited to participate in a tree of life planting ceremony, and are able to also plant the seeds or seedlings themselves. Flowers, shrubs, trees, and even fruit trees are available to be used. Over 20 tree varieties are currently available according to the director Élyse Champagne, director of the Catholic cemeteries of Granby. All of the species chosen are compatible with the local environment and are native tree species. The Bios Urns will be planted during optimal planting seasons, namely from May to October.
“Through death there is life that resumes”
The cemetery has plans to expand, and is truly going green ensuring that all materials planted in the cemetery are natural and biodegradable – so as to respect the environment as much as possible. A gazebo is currently being planned to hold celebrations of life as well.
The Catholic Cemetery of Granby has also mentioned that it is possible to add name plaques or leather belts for the trees, for those who desire more customization. On top of these services, they have dedicated a team of tree growers who will check on the trees periodically to ensure they are growing healthily – as a guarantee to families and individuals who have opted to plant in the garden.
A step forward
Forward thinking cemeteries and individuals are responsible for the opening of this new and innovative garden. We have written in the past about how cemeteries need to evolve, and how many are refusing to adapt to sustainable options for families and individuals. While some cemeteries prefer to keep to a more traditional route, others, like the Catholic Cemetery of Granby, are willing to go beyond and create new spaces where they are needed. While this is one garden, it still represents a significant leap forward.
We are thankful to our distributors in Canada and Quebec who have helped make this project a reality, and to the Catholic Cemetery of Granby for creating a special sacred space for the Bios Urn. We hope to see more coming in the future! What do you think about the first garden specifically dedicated to the Bios Urn? Would you like to see more near you? Let us know in the comment section.
Have questions about Bios Urn planting requirements or laws in your area, email us and we will help you with that.