Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys
This post is sponsored by The Living Urn™
Losing a beloved cat is devastating, no matter what the circumstances. Grief is a very individual experience, and no two cat guardians will grieve in exactly the same way. Rituals can play an important role in the healing process. There is something about acknowledging grief through a tangible action that can help soothe raw emotions.
Rituals can take many different forms. The best ritual is the one that has the most meaning for you. To me, one of the most beautiful rituals to honor the memory of a beloved cat is to plant a tree in her memory. Planting a tree allows you to give life from life – a wonderful way to remember a beloved family member. Doing something life giving is not only a wonderful way to remember a cat, planting a tree will provide a special place for you to visit whenever you feel the need to be close to your cat.
What is the Living Urn™?
The Living Urn™ takes this concept one step further. This unique new alternative to traditional burial, or to keep your cat’s ashes in your home, actually lets you grow a tree from your cat’s cremains. The developers of this product worked for years with leading U.S. arborists and soil scientists to perfect a system that makes it easy to successfully grow a tree from cremated remains by incorporating a seedling, or a baby tree, rather than growing a tree from seed, which can pose a number of significant challenges to a novice tree grower.
Each Living Urn™ comes with everything you need to grow a healthy tree from your cat’s ashes: a handmade biodegradable urn made from recycled plant materials and cellulose in an eco-friendly production process that uses no glue, chemicals or machinery. Also included is a proprietary ash neutralizing agent that offsets elevated pH and sodium levels in the soil caused by the ash that would otherwise make the soil environment less hospitable for tree growth. The system also contains a premium soil growth mix to provide necessary nutrients to the tree, aged wood chips to help the soil retain moisture and a natural handmade bamboo outer container. In addition,you will receive a premium tree seedling of your choice, delivered to your doorstep and ready to plant.
How do you plant the Living Urn™?
The Living Urn™ comes with step-by-step instructions. You simply place your pet’s cremated remains in the urn and add the proprietary ash neutralizing agent followed by the premium growth mix, then place your seedling in the urn and plant it in the ground.
You could make planting your Living Urn™ part of a memorial service honoring your lost cat’s life, or you could make it a special quiet time where you remember your cat as you plant the urn and seedling. I really love the symbolism of the whole “circle of life” idea that this product represents.
The Living Urn™ is an environmentally friendly and affordable alternative to the traditional burial. The pet version of The Living Urn™ is available online at www.TheLivingUrn.com and will soon be coming to a pet cemetery or crematorium near you. A human version of The Living Urn™ is expected be available in July.
FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Living Urn™, which means that I was paid to feature this content. Regardless of payment received, you will never see products or services featured on this site that I don’t approve of.
About the author
Ingrid King is an award-winning author, former veterinary hospital manager, and veterinary journalist who is passionate about cats.