A New Way to Memorialise Your Loved One

Mosaic Funeral Group takes the Spekboom challenge to a new level

If you haven’t heard, a new challenge is doing the rounds. The Spekboom Challenge encourages everyone to plant a minimum of ten Spekboom trees in 2020. Mosaic Funeral Group has taken this idea and found a new and special way to memorialise your loved ones who have passed on.

Mosaic is committed to a greener earth, an earth where we can live long healthy lives with our loved ones. That is why they now offer a 100% green, proudly South African service of planting a Spekboom with the ashes of your loved ones. This is a unique way to make their memory last forever – while helping the environment and helping to combat global warming.

The Spekboom Challenge began as an initiative to combat climate change when people started to realise the amazing benefits of this plant. The Spekboom acts as a carbon sponge, absorbing harmful carbon dioxide out of the environment and turning it into plant matter. One hectare of Spekboom can sequester between 4 and 10 tons of carbon a year, making it as effective as the Amazon Rainforest at removing carbon from the atmosphere.

Do your memories of dearly departed loved ones make them seem larger than life? When you plant their ashes with a Spekboom, the plant will be a reflection of this. Spekboom trees are known to grow up to 5m tall and can live for up to 200 years. Before large-scale livestock farming began in the Eastern Cape, there were Spekboom forests so thick, it was said that people could walk across the top as if walking across a carpet. Spekboom trees also cultivate very easily. A broken off branch will quickly grow roots and spawn into a whole new tree.

What makes this offer from Mosaic a truly Proudly South African initiative, is that the Spekboom itself is truly South African. The tree is indigenous to South Africa and is found predominantly in the Eastern Cape and the semi-arid Karoo region. The desert growing conditions are perfect for this resilient plant, particularly the north-facing slopes where it receives maximum sunlight. The Spekboom thrives in poor soils, it tolerates drought and frost with ease and is one of the easiest plants to maintain, surviving on just 250-350mm of water a year.

Living in these harsh conditions has allowed the Spekboom to learn to adapt to its surroundings. In the cool, wet months, the Spekboom photosynthesizes like any other plant and open their stomata (tiny openings in the pores of the plant tissue that allow for gas exchange) during the day to absorb carbon dioxide. However, as the seasons change and conditions get drier and hotter, the plant opens its stomata at night to prevent water loss during the heat of the day.

Not only is the Spekboom the favoured cuisine of black rhinos, elephants and kudus, but we can eat it too. It’s not what you would want a whole plate to chow down on, but the leaves are juicy and full of moisture with a slight citrus taste. Some popular restaurants around the Cape use the juicy succulent as accents to their beautifully crafted dishes.

Allowing the ashes of your loved one to nourish and fertilise a tree that will grow into a planet-saving plant that will live for the next 200 years is one of the most extraordinary ways to preserve their memory. From April 2020, allow Mosaic Funeral Group to help you create and grow a memorial for your loved one that will change the world.