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Life sucks, then you turn into a tree

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I’m currently taking a class on gothic literature. You know, books like “Frankenstein,” “The Monk” and “Dracula.” This class, besides giving me nightmares about being locked in a labyrinthine place with a crazy monk, has forced me to think a lot about death culture (yes, yes, morbid, I know). But it seemed fitting that today’s post be about this crazy urn I discovered online — it’s called a Bios Urn, created by Gerard Moline.

A Bios Urn is a biodegradable urn made from coconut shell, compacted peat and cellulose. Inside the urn, there is a single seed of a tree. You bury the urn in the ground and then, put simply, you turn into a plant. It’s a nice thought, to think you will turn into a plant after you die. It’s like being reincarnated… sort of. Also, it’s eco-friendly, and who doesn’t love that?

Seems strange now, but perhaps this will become the new trend for post-death practices. They also have them for pets. And, even better, you can even pick what type of tree your urn will be! As for me, I want to be a palm tree.

Okay, I’ll stop talking about death now. We now return to your regularly scheduled, non-creepy-morbid blogging program.

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