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Eco-Friendly Memorials: Choose a tree

A sustainable alternative to cemeteries where ashes are spread beneath a tree in a protected forest

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Reduce your carbon footprint and leave the earth better for the next generation

Your memorial can have a positive impact. By choosing a tree instead of a tombstone, you give back to the earth while giving your friends, family, and future generations the gift of protected open space.

Every Memorial Tree Includes

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Your choice of a tree in a protected forest
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Rights to add people and pets in the future
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Ongoing access to the forest
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Saplings planted in your honor
Your Memorial Tree helps preserve and protect a beautiful forest that your family can visit for generations to come. 

Traditional Memorials are hurting our planet

The end-of-life industry has not kept up with America’s growing desire for sustainable options. At Better Place Forests, we offer a new kind of memorial that helps protect wild spaces.

Did you know?

  • Cemeteries take up over 1 million acres of land
  • Maintaining cemeteries requires significant resources including water, electricity and chemicals for grounds maintenance
  • Embalming and the production of tombstones and caskets leave a significant carbon footprint

Find your forever tree

Choose your forest, tree species, and size of tree in one of our nine forests across America. Our expert guides are standing by to help schedule your forest tour.


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Yosemite Gateway

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St. Croix Valley

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Over 6,000 families served across nine forests​

Return to the earth and become a part of the greater forest ecosystem. Talk to a Guide to learn more.

How it works

Choose your tree

Explore our protected forests online or in-person and choose your tree with the help of a Guide.

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Plan your Forest Memorial

Create a memorial that feels authentic to you. Plan readings, music, and more with the help of our expert team.

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Spread your ashes

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming a part of the life of the forest. A marker is placed at your tree.

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Enjoy your forest

You and your loved ones have ongoing access to the forest. Visit as often as you’d like.

Family sits in Memorial Forest

Explore available trees with a Guide

Find the tree that speaks to you by exploring trees online.