Bios Urns: Uniting Humans and Nature

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Depending on our cultural context, we see nature in different ways. Many people see nature as a concept that clashes with mankind, and this has a lot to do with how man treats the natural world. We see ourselves polluting, taking from, and generally abusing the world outside our cities and towns, and this has many convinced that humans are an antonym of nature, especially here in the United States. There are several ways that humans and nature do go together, however. Not only did this planet create the human race, but we are constantly finding ways to coexist with all of the other species and natural processes around us. Some cultures are more aware of our affect on the world, or have always had practices that have them coexisting peacefully. Recently, some interesting developments have been made that combine both humans and what we typically see as a symbol of nature – trees. The Bios Urn takes a person’s ashes and sets them in the soil surrounding a tree sapling.

According to the Bios Urn company, “Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature. [It is] a smart, sustainable, and ecologically friendly way to approach what’s, probably, one of the most important moments in human life.” People may choose to have their ashes nurture any kind of tree, and the urns are under $200.

With the Bios Urn, people now have a beautiful way to connect with nature in death. One’s remains may be used to create a sturdy, life-giving tree, even if the person took away from nature in life. Humans have many ways of connecting with, perceiving, and understanding nature, and as we evolve, we are constantly finding newer, more profound ways of doing this.


2 thoughts on “Bios Urns: Uniting Humans and Nature”

  1. I personally like the concept of the Bios Urns. It is a very modern way to give back to the earth, using our technology to produce something that concurs with nature. I believe this concept is pushing our society in the right direction. Having fields filled with trees instead of tombstones would unite future generations with nature, preserving our appreciation and respect for nature with seems to have dwindled in the past couple of years. I think you are absolute right when you say it will give us a way to connect with nature in death, and I believe this opens to the door for the progression towards a less selfish culture. If these become popular, I feel like the majority of the population will follow the trend and our culture will change in many ways.


  2. I have never heard of “bio urns,” but I think they are a great idea. Not only is it sustainable, but the idea of actually becoming a part of nature after one has passed away is incredible. One has to consider that we cannot burry people forever: there is only so much space in the world. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother decided to plant a tree for him instead of a tombstone. It was a very thoughtful idea, because I like to think he is represented by this beautiful tree full of life. This definitely relates back to how you said “Bios Urn changes the way people see death, converting the ‘end of life’ into a transformation and a return to life through nature.” In my opinion it’s definitely more spiritual than a gravestone. It is a beautiful way to represent and celebrate someone’s life, rather than just mourning them.


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