What is a green funeral?
A ‘green funeral’ is a term to describe an eco-friendly burial option. Green burials are on the rise in the UK as we become more environmentally aware. A green burial of human remains offers an alternative to the traditional burials that we are used to. The process after death can also be made more environmentally friendly by not including embalming, which involves harmful chemicals which may pollute the ground.
Many larger cemeteries in the UK have a woodland burial area for green funerals, which aims to have less impact on the local wildlife habitat and preserves the land by causing as little disruption to the landscape as possible. A woodland burial can involve a wicker, willow or cardboard coffin or casket which will naturally degrade in a short period of time. The area where your loved one is buried is often identified by planted flowers or a tree rather than a headstone marking individual graves.
Why choose a green funeral?
A green funeral might suit an individual who was passionate about environmental issues during their life and who would wish to continue that dedication when it comes to their final resting place. Another benefit of an environmentally friendly burial is that they can be done without the costly experience of a classic funeral as there will usually be no traditional gravestone or expensive coffin to purchase.
Whether it is something that you’d like for yourself when the time comes, or an alternative eco-friendly burial you are considering for a loved one, we recommend doing your research to ensure you’re making a decision that you and your family are happy with. Your funeral director can also offer advice on this eco-friendly burial choice.
If you do opt for a green burial, choosing a Tree For Life biodegradable urn is the perfect way to commemorate a loved one and see something beautiful grow from their ashes.
Tree For Life
How does the Tree For Life urn work?
Our biodegradable urns are designed to hold cremated ashes which are then planted into the ground with seeds which will blossom into beautiful trees over time.
Once you receive your Tree For Life biodegradable urn, ensure that you can everything you need to plant your ashes, then follow the below steps:
Step 1) Remove seedling pot from urn
Step 2) Fill cotton bag with ashes
Step 3) Place bag in bio urn and replace seedling pot on top
Step 4) Fill seedling pot with our specially formulated soil
Step 5) Fit urn into ground in desired spot
Our specially designed biodegradable urns hold cremated remains which can be buried in the ground in your local woodland burial area (please contact your local authority for information on this) or even your own back garden.
Will the urn degrade over time? How long will it take to degrade?
All of the components of the Tree For Life are 100% biodegradable, resulting in an eco-friendly burial of cremated remains which is kinder to the environment. How long the bio urn will take to degrade will depend on the water content in the soil as moisture will speed up the process, usually taking less than a year to degrade completely.
What trees can I choose from?
To ensure that you’re happy with your choice of biodegradable urn, we offer a range of sapling options which will blossom into trees over time. You can choose your preferred Tree For Life from a range of available options, including:
- Hazel (Corylus Avellane)
- Guelder Rose (Viburnum Opulus)
- English Oak (Quercus Robur)
- Rowan (Sorbus Aucuparia)
- Silver Birch (Betula Pendula)
- Cherry (Prunus Avium)
What is included with my eco-burial pod?
It’s important to us that you can plant your special bio urn easily and effectively so that you can enjoy the tree for many years to come. If you choose to have an eco-burial for a loved one and purchase a Tree For Life, you will receive:
- The Tree For Life urn (*size & capacity)
- Soil pack
- Your choice of sapling
- String bag
- Soil Ph meter
- Tree guard
How much ash is needed for the Tree For Life?
Not all of the ash you receive back from the crematorium is needed to fill your Tree For Life bio urn. There is an ash level on the urn which indicates the quantity required, leaving you to keep the remaining ash for cremation jewellery or to scatter or store how you wish.
Can you put pet ashes in a Tree For Life urn?
We understand that losing a pet can be like losing a family member and that their memorial can be an important part of the grieving process. You can use a Tree For Life biodegradable urn for pet ashes and plant it in the same way so you can enjoy a tree in memory of your furry friend.
Does the tree urn have an expiration date? What if my tree urn dies?
The Tree For Life urn does not have an expiration date. Like with any plant or tree, it will require attention by watering it regularly during dry seasons, ensuring it is planted in sunlight and not likely to be exposed to extreme temperatures.
Is it legal to plant the organic burial pod anywhere?
Honouring the memory of a loved one can mean wanting to return them to their favourite place, whether it’s a treasured holiday destination or simply where they enjoyed taking daily walks. If you wish to plant the organic burial pod somewhere that is not on your property or in a cemetery, research the local authority to adhere to any restrictions they may have.
Can you bury a biodegradable tree urn in a traditional cemetery?
It may be possible to plant your biodegradable Tree For Life urn in a traditional cemetery in a designated eco-burial or woodland burial space. It is advisable to inquire with your local cemetery or funeral director in order to organise this.
What are the shipping methods?
We offer free UK delivery when you buy your Tree For Life online with us.
How does the cremation jewellery work?
Ashes jewellery is a wonderful way to keep your loved one close to you every day. Our cremation jewellery will hold a small amount of ash in a secure pendant, bracelet or pair of cufflinks. There are many attractive designs of cremation jewellery that we offer at Tree For Life so that you can choose your preferred style for your special piece of jewellery.
How much ash is needed for memorial jewellery?
Whether you would like to have the ashes of a loved one or a beloved family pet in your memorial jewellery item, you will only need a teaspoon of ash at the most. The remaining ash can be added to a Tree For Life bio urn or scattered in a meaningful place.
How does the fingerprint jewellery work?
Choose your preferred fingerprint jewellery item from our range of memorial jewellery and at the checkout page, you will be able to upload a JPEG image of your loved one’s fingerprint.