When Hélène Blondin passed away, her family opted to use a Bios Urn, as they felt it was an appropriate way to remember her after life, and that it would be a beautiful memorial. They wanted to use the Bios Urn in a cemetery in Quebec.
Quebec has become increasingly strict on burying urns in the past few years, and has also just passed a law which further regulates ash scattering as well. Blondin´s residence in Rouyn-Noranda has nearly 11 cemeteries and none of these accept the planting of a Bios Urn. According to a representative of the city of Rouyn-Noranda, Lise Paquet, she believes there are too many ¨unanswered questions¨ about Bios Urns, and that is the reason they do not allow for them to be planted.
After reading this article on CBC, we reached out to Lise Paquet, and attempted to make contact so we could answer some of these questions, and shed light on the Bios Urn and its associated processes. We have yet to hear a reply.
The Bios Urn has been used all over the world in various locations and places, including many cemeteries and natural burial grounds. What has become clear to us in the past few years, is that some people, cemeteries, and funeral associations have been quick to embrace these changes, while others have very much refused to.
Evolution is a necessary step towards progression. If there is anything we have learned as a species, and as a people, it is that change is the driving force in society, and that those who embrace change or facilitate it, tend to be the ones who drive us forward.
While the funeral industry has remained fairly unchanged for decades, it is now being forced to reevaluate an antiquated system that no longer serves everyone. Everyone has the right to choose how they would like to leave this world, and many people are seeking an alternative way of doing things that suits their needs and wishes. While limitations still exist in the Quebec area, many cemeteries all over the world are taking notice of this shift in people´s last wishes.
In Sherbrooke, a natural cemetery has been created which allows for the planting of a Bios Urn, and other natural methods. François Fouquet is the general manager of Coopérative funéraire de l’Estrie, and is behind the most recent natural burial ground in the area. ”It is very popular. People are more and more conscious of the mark they are leaving behind, and I think there is a lot of potential in these new models,” said Fouquet. There is also an urns-only natural cemetery in Prévost, in the Laurentians, which opened in 2009.
When we first developed the Bios Urn in 1997, we weren´t sure how people across the globe would react. When we finally decided to launch the Bios Urn in 2013, we knew we would face opposition, and that it wouldn´t always be easy, but we were committed to making it happen, and introducing a new product that we truly believed in.
What we hope is that the Bios Urn continues to be apart of an open dialogue around more sustainable and environmentally respectful burial methods, and that user-driven preferences help lead the way towards this much needed paradigm shift.