Back to the Earth, Sea and Sky, with a Biodegradable Cremation Urn for your Beloved
Letting go of our loved ones when they leave this life is the hardest thing we do. There are no words to capture the grief of losing those we love, especially those who nurtured us, challenged us and taught us about death as they let go of life.
Death and dying rituals infuse global human culture from prehistoric times to the modern day. Evidence of the earliest cremations are found in the Neolithic period. Ceramic cremation urns for ashes were found in China dating to 7000 BC, the ancient Greeks and Romans practiced it, and in the 19th century cremation became popular in Europe. Cremation is an honorable, environmentally responsible tradition that’s growing in the US. To date, almost 60% of Americans choose this tradition.
A cremation urn for ashes will remind you that, while your loved one has dropped their physical form, their spirit has been liberated from this world.
A biodegradable cremation urn offers a unique opportunity to both honor and release your loved one with a beautiful letting go ritual: scattering the ashes in earth or sea in the gentlest of ways. These are environmentally sensitive urns that provide a sweet experience for your family and friends.
You can choose a biodegradable cremation urn that will dissolve in water, returning your loved one to a body of water that they loved in life: the ocean, a river, a lake or stream. Biodegradable urns are discreet, creative, and lend themselves to the environment where they melt, dispersing the ashes. These urns disintegrate into water right away, or, after burial, soften into the earth over time.
Biodegradable Urns for ashes that are designed for release into Mother Earth
While you can choose a biodegradable urn for your beloved’s ashes that will take months or years to merge with the earth, there are also simple urns made of paper that are infused with seeds of all kinds. For many, this is a delightful way to memorialize your loved one — their cremains mix with seeds and give rise to flowers and trees. You can choose from Dogwood, Lily, Butterfly blossom seeds and more.
Releasing your Beloved into the Sea and Sky with a Biodegradable Cremation Urn
For the departed who loved this world’s healing waters, you can honor them with an environmentally friendly urn that dissolves into the waves.
Imagine a celebration of life where you can drop a lovely golden paper turtle into your loved one’s favorite bay or lake, then watch it float away, ashes filtering into the moving currents. This is the death positive movement at its best!
GetUrns also offers paper scattering tubes in a variety of designs and patterns. These simple yet elegant tubes provide both safe storage and efficient release of ashes into sky, sea or earth.
“Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” — Book of Common Prayer
FAQs about Biodegradable Cremation Urns
How long do Biodegradable Urns last?
Depending on the style of urn you choose, and whether you place it earth or drop it into water, a biodegradable cremation urn can last weeks, months, or just a few minutes. Urns buried in earth will mix with the soil as the urn disintegrates in a few weeks or months.
How do I choose the best biodegradable cremation urn for my loved one?
It’s best to keep in mind the character of your loved one and what they would want in a cremation urn for their ashes. Intuition is powerful!
What is the best method for scattering ashes?
Choose the day when the weather is temperate, and disperse a little of the ashes at a time. You may want to speak words to the loved one as you release a handful of ashes, and share this with others who may want to do this as well.
What size of urn do I need?
An adult size urn is generally 230 cubic inches. The guideline is one cubic inch per pound of the departed’s weight. GetUrns provides information about each urn and available sizes.
Are biodegradable cremation urns affordable?
Yes – these urns are among the most cost-conscious choices you can make, without sacrificing either originality or beauty.