Veronica Herrera-Ramirez lost her 24 year-old son Nikolas “Nikko” Malliarodakis on March 21st, 2016 when he was hit by a driver who was under the influence. As any parent knows, losing a child is one of the most difficult things anyone can possibly endure in his or her lifetime. Veronica was initially unsure about what she wanted to do with her son, but she knew she absolutely didn’t want to put him in a coffin.
During our conversation and interactions with Veronica, we got to know her on a more personal level and connect with her story. ¨My son´s story is beautiful. He was meant to be a tree. He wrote me a beautiful poem in high school as if he knew I would need this to find comfort,¨ Veronica told us in an email. She shared a touching poem with us that her son had written to her years before.
¨To a loving mom from a loving son.
My View –
The view right now that I can see,
I love for, I care for,
As it shows beautifully.
While I ride the back of the mountains,
Sing with the trees,
Run with the grass, and that´s
how it should be.¨
When Veronica found the Bios Urn, she knew it was perfect for her son, Nikko, who loved nature, and was fond of The Giving Tree when he was a child. Veronica opted for a Bios Urn, and chose to use an Pine tree for her son Nikko. She planted Nikko´s Bios Urn on July 7th, 2016 (her son’s 25th birthday) in her home in Prunedale, California. Today, a healthy young pine seedling grows beautifully in her home and is surrounded by family photos. ¨I gave him life and because my immense love for him will never die, I am only compelled to continue to give him life through this tree. I will forever take care of him,¨ Veronica told us. Thank you for sharing your story with us, and the world Veronica.
What we hope to achieve in our work as a company and through our product, is a lasting user-experience. Over the past three years, we have come to notice the immense comfort and solace which accompanies caring for a living tree. We are dedicated to helping create these stories, and to sharing them.
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