Did your loved one enjoy the outdoors, or have a special place in their garden? If so, why not plan a memorial tree planting ceremony that celebrates their life while creating a living memory? This article explains what’s involved with a memorial tree planting, including how to arrange one and how you might include one as part of an ashes scattering ceremony. Bare would be honored to assist you in organising a memorial service with our dedicated funeral team. You can find out more on our Bare Funeral page here, or feel free to give us a call on 1800 071 176.

What is a memorial tree planting ceremony?

A memorial tree planting may be the perfect memorial option for a loved one who was a ‘green-thumb’ or who simply loved nature and the outdoors. You might like to plant a tree, shrub, or rose garden with your loved one's cremated ashes, to create a special, enduring memorial. The Living Urn offers eco-friendly urns for your loved one’s cremated ashes, that can be planted with a range of trees, shrubs and seeds. Living Urns are 100% natural and biodegradable, made from recycled plant-derived materials. The outer shell packaging is handmade from natural bamboo. Over the years, the shrub will grow into a beautiful tree, such as those pictured below, to create a long-lasting memory.

A Japanese maple tree and a jacaranda tree make beautiful memorial trees.
Some of the trees that may be planted with a The Living Urn include a Japanese maple tree and a jacaranda tree (pictured).

How do I arrange a memorial tree planting ceremony?

Arranging a memorial tree planting to celebrate your loved one’s life is simple. Here’s how Bare can help: First, you’ll need to arrange a cremation, either through the Bare website, or by calling us on 1800 071 176. In addition to our unattended cremation service, we also offer a Bare Funeral service where a celebrant can help you plan your memorial tree planting ceremony and lead the service. Next, select which tree or product you would like to use with your ashes scattering ceremony. The Living Urn website has a range of beautiful trees to choose from. Once you have decided what you’d like, give us a call and we would be happy to purchase the urn and tree on your behalf and add it to your arrangement. Upon request, we can even arrange for your loved one’s ashes to be placed into the urn before it is delivered to you.

We offer Bare Cremation or unattended cremations which don't involve a ceremony at the time of passing. This approach allows families to organise a separate memorial service or celebration of life once they have received the cremated ashes. Opting for this path means that families have the freedom to create a more personalised memorial at their own pace. This might involve scattering ashes at a meaningful location, conducting a tree planting memorial, or any other tribute that feels appropriate. We work with some excellent celebrants who can help plan and lead funeral or memorial services for an additional but affordable fee. You can find out more about Bare Funerals here, or give us a call on 1800 071 176.

Cremated ashes can be placed in a Living Urn for an enduring tree planting memorial.
Cremated ashes can be placed in a Living Urn for an enduring tree planting memorial.

Why have a tree-planting ceremony?

Trees are symbolic of life. So, planting a deceased person’s cremated ashes with a beautiful tree, shrub or memorial garden can be a way to create a place to visit and remember them. It can also be a great way to give back to nature.

Final thoughts on memorial trees

Planting a tree in honour of a loved one is a special way to grow a living memory. After a cremation has taken place, a tree-planting ceremony can incorporate the scattering of your loved one’s ashes into a ceremony that truly celebrates life. A Bare Cremation service enables you to organise the cremation when your loved one passes. Then, when the time is right, you can put together a befitting farewell. We can even arrange for the ashes to be placed in an eco-friendly Living Urn that can be planted in the ground with your tree or shrub

Let us help you say the perfect goodbye by providing the highest quality funeral service. We would be honored to assist you in organising a memorial as part of our Bare Funeral service with our dedicated funeral team. Whether you prefer a more traditional-style farewell or a memorial-style service that takes place after a direct cremation, we are here to help. Visit our Bare Funerals website here, or call 1800 071 176.