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Isabelle Bolla

Isabelle planted her sister’s Bios Urn in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Isabelle Bolla used a Bios Urn for her sister after she passed away from stage 4 breast cancer in 2014. ¨I happened to see a post online about the Bios Urn the same week I was deliberating what to do with my sister´s ashes. As soon as I saw it, I just knew it was the right thing to do. It made me feel relieved that I had found something which was so closely aligned with our own beliefs and wishes for my sister.¨

Isabelle and her family planted her sister’s Bios Urn in a friend’s backyard in Santa Fe, New Mexico, a place her sister had once lived for many years, and felt connected to. She chose a Piñon Pine, both for it´s fragrant scent, and because it was a tree her sister loved deeply.

Today the tree is nearly three feet tall, and grows alongside another tree planted in memory of her friend´s father as well. “It’s really beautiful to know that the tree will be growing every year, in the same way a person would,” Isabelle told us.

¨The Bios Urn is more than just an urn, it´s a catalyst for life and growth.¨

Isabelle has told us that having the tree planted in New Mexico, a few states away from her home in California, gives her a reason to make an annual sojourn to remember her sister, and reflect on her experience. ¨Having something tangible that I can see yearly, provides me with closure, and gives me a deep sense of peace.¨

A year and a half after using the Bios Urn for herself, Isabelle ended up joining the company and now works at Bios Urn. For personal reasons, she feels committed to the project and now makes up the core team at Bios. She commented, “We aren’t just customers, we are a community. A community of people around the world who have the same sentiment towards death, and resonate with each other. That’s a community.”