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Grow as A Tree When You Die

Transform your corpse into a beautiful strong tree for the environment and the next generation

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it reimagine the end-of-life experience?

For every individual who want to continue doing a good cause after they died. Protect and conserve the nature for the next generations by transforming their corpse into a tree.

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living" Marcus Tullius Cicero

As a human, we are aware that death can come anytime and thus, we must be ready. Additionally, we also would like to remember our beloved person or our self in the best way.

Traditionally, we buried the body of our beloved one in the cemetery. However, the land for the cemetery is getting limited. Human activities are mainly focus on the development of the living and not for the dead.Cremation, on the other hand, is an alternative to burial. People placed the ashes inurs before the funeral or memorial service.

Statistic showed that in 2014, over 1,500,000 death record in Australia. A number that is not small. Imagine if the same amount we use to plant seeds for reforestation?

Technology such as Bios Urn is a piece of innovation developed from beautiful ideas of transforming a cemetery into a forest. Making use of human corpse for conserving the nature and create a different way to remember the dead. They created a simple design of a biodegradable cremation. Bio Urns transform the ashes inurns to pot for plantation. The human ashes or your urn will be placed in the containers on top of the seeds. The seeds will then grow into a beautiful tree and with a large amount it can create a forest.

Bio Urn creates an eco-friendly, sustainable and meaningful experience for human beings and the environment. The concept offered a good solution to overcome deforestation, pollution, waste and preserving natural resources. Subsequently, it will give additional value to ourselves and the one we loved, not just for remembering but also knowing our contribution to save the nature.

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Photo of Steli
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Aii Arisma : Thanks for this idea contribution. Just like many others - I love this idea. I always found the tought of decomposing in the ground kind of scary and this seems like such a beautiful alternative. 

Everyone here seems to be very supportive of this concept. So I was wondering, have you heard any negative reactions to this idea? I wonder what concerns some people might have that could be addressed early on. Just like with everything else, I think also here there are at least 2 sides of the coin :) 

Photo of Ignatius Hartanto
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Inspiring beautiful idea. Make me think, what tree should I choose for me when I die yaa Aii? :D

Photo of Izabela Ramos
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Amazing idea!! It's a beautiful way to return everything that mother nature gave to us. Lovely way as well, to show people that life is more than a physical body. We can always be alive in different aspects.  I'm so thankful that you shared this idea with us. 

Photo of christine wu
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Love the idea 

Photo of Xiang Zhu
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Awesome idea! Become a lovely tree after dying is so warm, and it is green and sustainable :)
I think that if Bio Urn  goes to the China markets, it may solve many social problems! 
For example, due to the population growth and the trend of land shortage, the government  encourages the cremation and prohibits the burial in the ground. However, traditional cultural lets many people  still believe that  the burial in the ground can keep the body and then keep the soul rather than being dusty grey. Then, many people who live in the countryside after their death, choose to have a secret burial. Therefore it becomes a difficult problem between the government and people.
I believed that Bio Urn will effect the china markets. Firstly it offersa new choice and what a lovely choice, and also with good meaning. There are only two main ways after death in current Chinese society, boring and no meaning. Secondly, with good meaning it is very important in Chinese culture;  be a tree means it can benefit the next generation .  In my opinion, many people will consider whether the traditional way they trusted is good, or  donating an organ. Thirdly, positive energy always wins. This is definitely positive energy to face  death.  
Therefore if this idea expand to the China markets: market needs+ government support=awesome 
 I hope more people will find this idea inspiring. Thanks Aii :)

Photo of Claudia Rojas
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It is a very good idea, already applied in my Country (Colombia). Few days ago I had the opportunity of participating planting 25 trees on behalf of the memory of a friend,it was amazing to see the peace and the joy with which family, relatives and friends found a different way for remembering him. It was a way of doing a contribution for the environment but also a new way for us to remembering our friend, returning to the nature a few of it every day has given to us. When we come back to the moorland we will see and feel our friend in the trees in the environment around the place, it is a way of feeling him still alive, better than visit a cemetery

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Hi Claudia, thank you for comments and share your beautiful experience with us. I believe if more people are aware with this concept and willing to consider as the service of burial, we can sustain our beautiful environment to our next generation.   

Photo of Ryan Mark Julleza
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It's a nice idea of remembering a person. New life after death. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you Ryan! :)

Photo of Joe McDaniels
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Interesting idea. Seems better than leaving a corpse to just decompose underground. Get to help the environment even after passing. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comments Joe! it is a very good way to contribute our self to the environment after we die

Photo of Claudia Vu
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Love this idea. Such an eco friendly way to conserve not only the environment but also knowing your loved ones are helping with this process even in the after life.. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Indeed! Thanks dropping your thoughtful comments Claudia :)

Photo of Cristian Vallejo
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Interesting idea. It makes us part of a living cycle. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comments Cristian! Hope this idea inspire you and your community as well, cheers! :)

Photo of Linda Lindy
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It is a beautiful idea that respects the environment and human dignity. I would be happy to leave to my grandchildren a beautiful tree so they will remember me for long time.

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your wonderful comments Linda. I also would be happy to do this when I died so my family and friends can always have a good memories of me and  i can reunite with the nature :)

Photo of Monica Wirawan
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Wow, it will be such a memorable idea .... I would consider that for my future cemetery :)

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Wonderful! thanks for considering this idea for your future cemetery, Monica... lets spread it to our community! :)

Photo of Angie Ricaurte
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Lovely idea of how we can give our planet back all we are receiving while we are alive. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thanks for supporting this idea Angie :)

Photo of Billy
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I think this idea sounds fantastic because rather than consuming spaces for cemetery it can create a pretty garden from planting trees.

Another great thing is that because this cool idea helps out balancing technology with nature, as well as giving respect to humanity. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comments Billy. Hope it inspire you as well :)

Photo of Kate Mcguigan
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What a brilliant idea. I love the thought of being able to contribute after death. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thanks Kate! hope you can share this idea too :)

Photo of Morgan Meinel
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This is such a lovely idea, Aii! Thanks for sharing it with us. 

In the last few years, there really seems to have been an increased interest and use of eco-friendly burials. Myself included! I love the idea of having this "continuation of life" after death. How poignant. And what a meaningful way to recycle back into the earth, benefit the planet, while as the same time - having a sacred space and memorial ground in which our loves ones can visit us at anytime.

Great idea! and so many supportive and wonderful responses, too! :) I look forward to seeing how your idea manifests! 

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This would be a great way of memorializing a person- like an extension to current trees planted with a plaque memorializing a person! This reminds me of a post by Robert Guertin on Momento Necropolis.  and my own post on Religion, spirituality, or just tradition?  - can these memorials tie into space? How might this change our "graveyards"? I love the potential behind this idea and look forward to seeing it blossom!

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Hi Morgan, thanks for engaging with this idea and share your lovely thoughts with us. I feel grateful that many people are supporting this idea. It gives me confidence that this idea can be adopted in the community and it can change the traditional idea of a burial, leading to a more beautiful way in remembering and valuing the dead. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thanks Aaron for sharing your thoughts and connecting it with  Robert Guertin's and your own post. I strongly believe that we can elaborate positively on this idea and transcend the traditional concept of  burial;  a living monument to preserve the memory of the dead.

Photo of Nate Ferguson
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This is really an excellent idea. This lets the departed contribute one last time to the environment and the world around them in a deeply significant way. It is a profoundly meaningful gesture both by the dead and the family. The family could also be inspired to contribute in other ways that aid the environment after having taken part in planting this tree. The act of nurturing the tree and seeing it grow through generations would definitely have a positive impact on the way that younger members of the family view sustainability and green culture. Very nice!

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comment Nate. I hope you are willing to spread this idea to your family and friends as well.

Photo of Chiara Pineschi
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I loved this idea. I really think it should be implemented. I think growing a tree, taking care of it, seeing it and so forth would be of great comfort and solace for the living. I would myself be buried in this way, it is such a good way of taking care of the environment, and let life continue again. Thanks for sharing!

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Hi Chiara, Thanks for dropping some lovely comments. Like you, I'm also considering myself to be buried with this concept :)

Photo of Gurpreet Oberoi
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Its a beautiful idea of growing a tree when a person dies... it truly makes sense, an idea which can bring a change in future. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comment Gurpreet, lets spread this initiative to our community :)

Photo of Tina Li
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A very cool idea. Can save land space as well. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you Tina, hope this idea can inspire you as well :)

Photo of Shauna Curry
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This idea was wonderful and so inspiring. I felt an enormous amount of warmth thinking about how someone I love's death could contribute to something  bigger but also that on a personal level I think it would give me more comfort in their death.

I feel like this is one step further than the eco-friendly made coffins - which you can find out a bit more information about such companies here: http://oakfunerals.co.uk/funeral-services/coffins-caskets/

Additionally, I believe this movement will continue to grow as we become more conscious as a society of the impact of lives and actions will have on future generation.

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you Shauna for you comments and sharing about Oak Funerals, a beautiful product of coffins. I agree, this initiative will spread wider in the near future! :)

Photo of Louisa Liu
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I really love the fantastic and innovative idea! Thanks for sharing!  People can continue doing a good thing after death. We can use another way to memorize the person we love, and protect the environment as well. 

Photo of Aii Arisma
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Thank you for your comment Louisa. I agree with you, hope more people are aware with this idea and considering it as type of sustainable burial service.  

Photo of Massimo Burhanuddin
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Imagine two late couples sprouting new life side by side as two glorious  trees. This is amazing! What a great idea to save land and protect the environment. Although some people are more favor of cremation and sea burials in a bid to save land and the environment, I think the idea of tree burial is far more better for the environment.

Photo of Theresa
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Such a great idea! I think tree burial is a new way to let the dead life continue, and this approach not only saves land, but also to play a role in protecting the environment. I think this approach should be strongly promoted. 

Photo of Diego Medrano
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What a lovely idea! I love it !!. It is a remarkable way to transform your energy into a new form of live.

Photo of Pablo Racines
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A great environmental contribution for our planet and transcendental notion! Good initiative!

Photo of Yet Velasco
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I like this idea. In a way, your memory still lives on after you pass. It also contributes in saving the environment by planting one tree at a time. 

Photo of Duong Nguyen
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Amazing idea! Just imagine that instead of using land for cemetery, we could turn it into forest. Hopefully this idea will be spread out in the world! Thanks Aii for sharing this.

Photo of Francisco Merino
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Remembering a loved one with affection and have the feeling that this person now lives in another form to my view is magnificent, only the body is to be, its essence will be with us and living in another way, helps the spirit of those who stayed, helps the environment and helps in one way or another to others. magnificent idea.

Photo of Maria Frangeskou
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Very interesting concept - makes you think about how to continue life as well as support the ongoing "green" battle with more trees!

Photo of Kris Dublan
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Interesting Idea!