VIENNA, October 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Tending the Grave at Home
On All Saints' Day, we celebrate a ritual that appeals to believers and non-believers alike by lovingly planting and tending to graves. Seeing new growth on a loved one's final resting place offers consolation as the grave becomes a foundation for new life.
In many countries of the world today, cremation is preferred as a cheaper alternative to a burial. The ancient ritual of tending a grave is being forgotten as a result. An innovation from Austria has set out to reverse this trend:
PANTA RHEI, the world's first plantable urn
Cremation ashes are rich in precious minerals. This ash is sealed into a chamber at the bottom of the urn, which can then be planted. When it is watered, the moisture circulates inside the urn and is enriched with these minerals. The ash itself remains reverently sealed, yet provides the foundation for new growth, offering a visible expression of the cycle of life in the home or garden.
For the first time, PANTA RHEI has brought together the most comforting form of remembrance with the most common form of funeral.
41-year-old Martin Steiner has patented the concept and developed it for the market at Vienna's University of Applied Arts. PANTA RHEI is produced and marketed by companies with a long tradition: the famous Viennese porcelain manufactory AUGARTEN can look back on almost 300 years of history, and BESTATTUNG WIEN is one of the largest and oldest funeral directors in Europe.
It is only fitting that Vienna, a city that has always been said to have a special relationship with death, is breathing new life into the dying ritual of tending graves.
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Panta Rhei / growing memories