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Tree of Life and its meaning and symbolism

The Tree of Life and its meaning and symbolism appears on our handcrafted Irish urns. This design represents Ireland and being Irish. The Tree of Life Urn embodies so much of our identity. The urn is a piece of Art in itself. It is a celebration of what it is to be Irish, forever connected to our place, our people, and intertwined with our friends and family forever.

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The balance and harmony prevalent in nature are best symbolized by the tree of life. The Celts attribute the tree of life symbol to qualities like wisdom, strength, and longevity. The different meanings associated with rebirth and the tree of life were derived from seasonal changes which the Celts observed in these trees. These qualities of trees were the reason behind Celts worshiping them.

The phenomenon of rebirth is associated with Celtic trees. The Celts performed various rituals to mark the changes that a tree of life underwent. The changes observed in these trees were tagged as birth, death, and rebirth. The tree of life is the symbol of an entity that connects the upper and lower worlds. The roots of this tree penetrate the depths of the lower world. 

Tree of Life and its meaning of growing upwards and stretching out to the heavens. The trunk of the tree of life remains on the earth’s plane. Our Celtic ancestors believed that gods in heaven used to communicate with humans through the trees of life. The Rowan or Mountain Ash is considered the Tree of Life and a popular choice for people looking to plant a tree as a mark of condolence.

The Celtic knot on the collar of The Tree of Life Cremation Urn represents how we are all bound together for eternity. And the Tree of Life knots symbolizes the branches of a tree which are woven together with no end to show how the cycle of life is continuous. The Tree of Life is represented across the world.

However, there are many reasons why the tree of life is a well-known symbol. The tree of life is related to a sense of connection with everything in the universe. This symbol means that nothing is ever alone or isolated and that there is also a connection to ancestry which is why it is an important feature on our urns.

Our urns are all inspired by our Irish heritage. One of our Top Artisans is Ciarán. This design is his interpretation of a Celtic Tree of life. It is interlaced with ancient knot-work and ancient spirals. This Urn has a beautiful feel and texture and you will clearly see the hand-thrown nature of the piece. Included with the Urn is a handmade Oak plinth – Created and signed by an Irish National award-winning Woodturner – Seamus.


It also represents peace. After the death of a loved one, the tree of life is a reminder that this connection will always remain which we hope will bring peace. Trees have always evoked a sense of calm and peace which is why we have this carefully designed and why we also give families the option of planting trees in honor of those who have passed. Our Irish Memorial Tree is a gift you can give when words aren’t enough. The planting of a tree allows us to offer something to our grieving loved ones beyond words. By planting a tree, the person’s memory can live on through a compassionate act that lasts a lifetime. A tree is planted and dedicated on our Lakeside land in Naul Co. Dublin. You will also receive a personalized planting certificate and a handwritten sympathy card.

Many people like to dedicate and plant a Tree as a mark of a life well lived while also making a donation. The Irish Hospice Foundation has partnered with Irish Memorial Trees to offer the “Remember me Tree” which €40 or $ 48.50 is allocated to this very compassionate cause, a tree planted and a Planting certificate confirming the Tree planting and the Donation is issued by email and then by post.

Researched and written by Roisin Maguire.

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