The world's first ‘Bios Park’ allows us to bury cremated remains of our loved ones so they can grow on trees
As the world's cemeteries are rapidly running out of burial space, Canada has just opened the world's first “Bios Park”: a piece of land dedicated exclusively to fostering forests of trees grown the remains of loved ones.
Over the past 23 years, the ecological funerary company Bios has created new ways to help people mourn their loved ones without using traditional burial methods that are notoriously expensive and harmful to the environment.
More specifically, the organization is responsible for creating the “Bios Urn”, a biodegradable urn that contains a tree planting mix that can be combined with the cremated remains of a loved family member or pet. Once planted on the ground, the urn blooms on a tree that can support the planet and also serves as a living memorial for the deceased.
“The tree grows out of ashes, the urn biodegrades and leaves absolutely no trace, and death is transformed and returns to life through nature,” says the Bios website. “At the individual level, it is very therapeutic at a time of immense regret. At the global level, we are taking collective responsibility for the necessary planetary restoration. We are talking about thousands, if not millions, of trees planted every year. "
Since the development of Bios Urn two decades ago, the company has shipped its urns and planters to more than 50 countries around the world for about $ 140 per pop.
Last month, Bios announced the launch of its first green space "Bios Park" for people and families in mourning to plant the polls.
The recently opened Parque Boisé de Vie - which translates to “Madeira da Vida” - is being opened as an extension of the Granby Catholic Cemetery in Granby, Québec, although the cemetery is open to people of all religions.
Currently, Bios urns are available with eight different native tree species, including oak, gingko, lilac, hydrangea, sugar maple, apple trees, Amelanchier and amur maple. Bios Park can also accommodate family plots for up to 9 people.
“We decided what choice of trees to offer families after checking with the city about regulations on accepted native tree species and with the help of a gardener our local garden center,” says the Bios website. "We chose resistant species that do not require much care and maintenance and that also grow well in our area".
Bios says it now expects the pioneer burial space to be just the first of many new Bios parks to be launched in the coming months.