Chelsea Heights VIC, 17 August 2019
Margaret & Andrew
After having lost his beloved wife, Andrew called me to know a bit more about the Bios Urn. For a matter of coincidence, I was able to meet Andrew at his place together with his lovely daughter Nicole.
The flowers on the table were still fresh and Andrew explained that his Margaret had just passed away. She was passionate about roses, so when he saw the Bios Urn he thought that could be the right way to honor her Life and keep her alive in the form of the beautiful flowers that she loved.
The way he touched the Bios Urn, the way he asked so many questions to do things properly and plant the Bios Urn in the best way possible; the care he had in going through all details, the love he put in his words talking about chosing the best planter and the best spot, made me understand how much that meant for him.
Then, he and Nicole took me outside to show me where they were thinking to place the planter. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the sun was like kissing that spot.
“I’m sure you will grow some beautiful roses, Andrew”, I said and with a serene smile he replied “It’s like giving a new form to her Life and I think she would be very happy with that”
I have no doubt Andrew’s roses will grow strong and beautiful, and every little bud will bring Margaret’s smile back to their backyard 🌹💞
Melbourne 31 July 2019
Lin Morrison has shared this beautiful story on Facebook today.
Thank you Lin!
On March 22 2018, my beautiful mother Ginevra passed away and all of us were paralyzed by an inconsolable grief, that is impossible to describe. She was the singing voice in the house when it was raining, the wise advice when we felt defeated, the beautiful warm smile when we were sad. We couldn’t imagine our lives without her legendary fragrance Violetta di Parma, her unique makeup style (a bit Egyptian. Nothing against Egypt, but she was from Naples😊), or the jokes and the laughs for any 3 different books – literature, art and philosophy? – she was able to read jumping from one to another in a week time.
I felt she deserved something special, so I searched the internet to see if there could be a way to honour such a unique life and give her a place to rest in line with who she was, what she loved more, what could best reflect her personality. As it happens with all the things that change our life, I stumbled by chance into the Bios Urn. It took a second to understand there could be no better way, no better solution or answer to my prayers than that: the Bios Urn was simply perfect for her. She loved nature and she raised children and grandchildren teaching them to respect mother nature and the environment. Countless times she invited us to hug a tree, close our eyes and feel its energy in silence. We also named the trees in the park around the corner “JackieO”, “Flora”, “Flame” and “Cicco”.
I didn’t need to look any further and I must confess I took it as a sign from her.
After a few calls to other Bios Urn distributors, we finally found Val from Soul Trees BioUrn for Humans & Pets. How lucky we were! As already written in my reviews a year ago, Val was just perfect. We immediately understood the Bios Urn for her was a mission more than a job, something in which she strongly believes and puts her heart into it, that is exactly what grieving people need. She dedicated her time to us always smiling, always happy and ready to help. That was just the final piece of our tough puzzle to fall into place.
My family will always be grateful to Bios and to Val that we now regularly follow on her FB pages.
Here’s the picture of my mother’s azalea, and sorry if it took so long to be sent. We kept the box to make the picture with the plant, but we are not great photographers, sorry.
Philippa and Mark
Geelong, Victoria – March 3, 2017
The first BIOS URN Australian story comes from Soul Trees in Victoria and it’s so incredible and full of Love, that has touched our hearts deep inside.
Not many couples my age talk about death, dying or whether they want to be buried or cremated, particularly when that couple is in their mid 40’s, have four children and are in excellent health.
You can imagine my surprise then, when my husband came home from work one day and said, “I know what I want to happen to my body if I die”. I said, “Well, you’re not going to die”. He said, “I know, but I heard an amazing thing on the radio today. IF I were to die, then I want my ashes to be put in a biodegradable urn with a gum tree planted in it.” He then pointed out the window to a place on our farm and said, “I want the biggest, strongest gum tree planted there so I can look out over my farm”. I said, “OK, you’re not going to die but thanks for telling me, I’ll keep it in mind”. How was I to know that less than one month later, my dear husband would be dead?
My husband of 24 years, Mark, was an amazing husband and father. We had two children together and then after the death of his sister (seven years ago), we took on the permanent care of his niece and nephew. I watched as my husband set an incredible example for his kids of what a good father and person could be. He worked hard in his own rural fencing business to support his new family of six, giving his time and energy for all the members of the family. He said that his time would come when he would get to enjoy time for himself. Tragically, his time was cut short by a freak kayaking accident where the unforeseeable happened and despite Mark having taken every safety precaution, his rescuers were not able to get to him before he took his last breath, drowning in the cold sea.
Our family were devastated and shattered by the sudden loss of such a vibrant, healthy and needed family man. However, in the midst of our grief, I had no hesitation in knowing his final wishes for his body. I was able to tell the funeral director that he was to be cremated so his ashes could be planted on his beloved farm and where the biggest and strongest gum tree could grow up and look out over his family and farm. The funeral director made some enquiries and found Val from Soul Trees who had started trading in November. Mark died in November.
In February, I called Val only a few days after she had happened to contact the funeral directors and I organised the purchase of Mark’s Bios urn. I love the fact that Mark had told me his wishes. I love the fact that the BiosUrn business is in Victoria, Australia. I love the fact that there is another option for a loved one’s body to be remembered instead of having to go to a cemetery. I love the fact that Mark’s ashes get to stay on the land that he loved. I love the fact that new life in the form of a tree gets to grow following the death of a human form.
In August, we will have a ceremony on our farm for the planting of Mark’s tree. I am so grateful for the 24 years that I had my husband in my life and I am so grateful that he told me his wishes less than a month before his unexpected death. I am grateful that I will get to drive past his tree every day for the rest of my life. And when my final day is done, I want a Bios urn to be planted with a flax from my native country of New Zealand next to my husband’s tree so our children and our children’s children can always remember us and our love.
(Story also published on the bios urn official website)
Mark tree spot
14 November 2017
We laid Mark’s physical remains last weekend on the 1 year anniversary of his passing. The day was sad but beautiful.
It feels complete and we love it that we brought him home to overlook our family and farm, just as he wanted.