“Boisé de Vie” is the very first Bios Park ® in the world. Meaning “Wood Of Life”, this natural burial ground located in Canada is dedicated to the planting of Bios Urns®. This very special garden seeks to offer a new experience to those who wish to use a biodegradable urn that transforms you into a tree in a natural environment.
How a ceremony takes place in this Bios Park ®.
The Granby Catholic Cemeteries, located in Granby in Quebec, used part of their land to open a natural burial ground where people can plant the Bios Urn. The cemetery is open to everyone.
They offer the bereaved the possibility of an intimate celebration under a garden pavilion built in the centre of the woodland. Families and friends can chose to play music or songs which meaningful to them during the ceremony. They can bring a photo of their loved one, flowers, candles or any other significant object. Before going to the planting spot, everyone can take the urn in their arms to say goodbye. A reading is a very personal and special moment to pay tribute to the deceased.
All of this is optional and can be changed to fit the families’ wishes. After the celebration, they go together to the planting place. All family members can participate in the planting either by placing soil around the urn, adding mulch and water and even placing the urn in the planting spot if they wish. Each burial is bespoke, we always meet the families a few weeks before to discuss what they would like.
Elyse, the Director of the cemetery, explains to us that “after the day of the burial, we very often see families return to visit their deceased and take care of their tree by removing dead leaves and to decorate it according to the seasons and the different festivals of the year. My assistant often explains that many have told them that they also like to see other small trees growing nearby. Gathering in the “Boisé de Vie” is much warmer and more natural than by tombstone, according to them.”