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Costs of a Memorial Tree Vs. Traditional Options

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One of the first questions we always receive is, “how does the pricing in your forests compare to traditional cemetery options?”


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And that’s a great question! While we have a full breakdown here, I’m going to provide a very brief overview of the pricing below.

On a per person basis, Better Place Forests is less expensive than options offered by traditional cemeteries.

When you’re dealing with the costs of planning for your entire family, Better Place Forests is about 20% – 60% less than the cost of traditional cemeteries.


Costs For A Single Person

 Better Place Forests 

Tree: $3,900 – $9,900

Spreading Fee + Marker: $2000



Traditional Cemetery Options

Plot: $2,300 – $12,000

Spreading Fee:



Total     / Tree $3,900 – $9,900 + $2,300 – $12,000 +   Spreading Fee $0 $390 – $1,650   Marker $0 $990   Endowment $0 $230 – $900   TOTAL $3,900-$9,900 + $3,910 – $15,540 +   



Costs For A 6 Person Family


   Better Place Forests Traditional Cemetery Options      Better Place Forests Traditional Cemetery Options   Plot / Tree $5,820 – $14,900 + $54,000 +   Spreading Fee $0 $2,280 – $6,900   Marker $0 $5,940   Endowment $0 $5,400   TOTAL $5,820 – $14,900 + $67,620 – $72,240 +   


Why Family Pricing Is Such a Great Value

Because of the limitations of space in a cemetery, family spaces that can be reserved for 4+ people can get very expensive.

For example, at one of the popular cemeteries near San Francisco, a six person cremation plot with all of the popular additions (markers, etc.) will be at least $70,000.

A tree for your family in our Point Arena Forest, that includes spreading rights for 6 people (and you can include your pets!) is a considerably more affordable option.

(In addition, at Better Place Forests you have the ability to add additional spreading rights over time!)

We have a variety tree types and sizes to fit your needs. Contact us to reserve time with an advisor to review your options in detail.

Planning Ahead

The best advice we can give you is to do your research. Look up all the available options that you’re considering and price them out (and don’t forget to add up all the extras.)

For such an important decision, take the time to understand what best fits your need. If you’d ever like to discuss any of the options at Better Place Forests please let us know here.

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