Forest Memorial Services
After purchasing a Memorial Tree, add Memorial Services and markers to honor loved ones and pets.
Our Forest Guides partner with your loved ones to personalize readings, traditions, and special requests to create your Forest Memorial. Ashes are combined with soil and placed at the base of your tree, rejoining the cycle of life.
2023 Forest Memorial Pricing
(max of 4 per tree)
The Fine Print of
End of Life Services
End-of-life services are highly regulated to protect consumers.
You can purchase a Memorial Tree and the rights to spread people and pets at any time.
In order to protect you, memorial services listed on this page can only be purchased when you’re ready to have a Forest Memorial. We want you to know these costs so you can plan for the future.
Real stories from our Forests
What came as a wonderful surprise is the reverence the staff added to our Forest Memorial. They guided us through returning our loved one to the earth .Chris B.
The process of selecting a tree was deeply spiritual . I am a tree-hugging conservationist and Better Place Forests is exactly what I had in mind for my ashes.Patricia D.
This is a thoughtful, environmentally smart approach to end-of-life. I appreciate that my children will have a place other than a cemetery to visit.Francine S.
Better Place Forests is the perfect place for us. The idea of being out in nature under our tree gives us such a feeling of peace.Joy B.
I think having a tree, having a place out in nature is so different. Instead of showing my son a plot in a cemetery I can show him a tree. It’s a chance to teach him about renewal and that life carries on.Sarah B.
Mother Teresa said, "Peace begins with a smile." My wild black cherry tree in the Rock River Forest brings a smile and a sense of peace, instead of angst.Judith L.
Picking out a tree, a symbol of family and strength, felt right. My parent's tree is more than a place to visit, it’s a symbolic reminder of our connection.Michelle C.
I have spent many days walking in the forest. When you listen to the birds, the wind, the rustling of leaves… it’s a monumental, picturesque experience.Dwight and Renate B.
There’s something very magical about picking out your tree and knowing that you’ll become a part of that ecosystem. In a way, you’ll live on in the future.Susan K,
Commonly asked questions
Why can’t I pay for everything at once?
We follow end-of-life consumer protection regulations, which prevent a company from collecting funds until goods and services are used, unless its via insurance. At this time, Better Place Forests does not offer a way to set aside funds, and therefore we only charge customers when a memorial is scheduled or a marker is ordered.
What if I just want my ashes sent to my tree, but not have a Forest Memorial?
We will honor your wishes. Your loved ones can coordinate with our Forest Guides to have ashes placed at your tree. They will share a photo (including a marker if you choose to have one). There is a small fee ($100) for this option.
Can I have one Forest Memorial and spread the ashes of multiple people/pets?
Yes, it is possible to have a Forest Memorial that honors multiple people/pets. We require you to purchase a spreading right for each person and pet who will be spread at your tree.
I want to have a huge Forest Memorial. Can you make that happen?
If you want to have an extra large celebration of life, we encourage you to consider hosting a separate, larger event, and then having a more intimate Forest Memorial. Our forests have limited parking and staff. Talk to our guides and we’ll discuss all of the available options.
What will memorial prices be in the future?
We can’t predict what the future will hold, but you can use 2023’s memorial pricing as an estimate for future costs. We will change memorial prices as needed on an annual basis to account for economic changes like inflation.
Plan your Forest Memorial
with a Guide
Our Guides are here to help ease the burden of planning your memorial.