Honor Life with a Memorial Tree

Plant a legacy that will continue
to grow in a protected forest

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Commemorate someone with a Memorial Tree

Instead of a tombstone, a Memorial Tree is a protected place to return ashes to the earth. A custom inscribed Memorial Marker and an intimate in forest ceremony honor life.

Every Memorial Tree Includes

A family reflects at the base of their Memorial Tree.

Your choice of tree in a protected forest

A couple and their dog connect in the Memorial Forest at Better Place Forests Yosemite Gateway.

Rights to add people and pets in the future

A couple tours the Memorial Forest with a Forest Guide in Yosemite Gateway, California.

Ongoing access to the forest

A sapling grows on the forest floor.

Saplings planted in your honor

Your Memorial Tree helps preserve and protect a beautiful forest that your family can visit for generations to come. 

Better Place Forests vs. traditional cemeteries

Creating the perfect memorial can be beautiful and affordable. Our average cost of a resting place, ceremony, and marker is lower than the cost of traditional cemeteries.
A couple connects in the Memorial Forest, with their pet dog laying at their feet.



The headstones and tributes in a traditional cemetery.



“Visiting Mom and Dad’s stone, I always have the sense that their lives were so much bigger than this. The rows of headstones make me reflect on death, and not life.

Better Place Forests is different. It’s a joyous place filled with color and sound. My tree feels just right.”

Pat W.
Berkshires Memorial Forest, Massachusetts

A customer holds her two dogs and smiles at her Memorial Tree in Better Place Forests Berkshires.

Stay Connected with a Memorial Tree Tribute​​

By choosing a tree in our protected Memorial Forests, you have a place to visit and connect with your lost loved one. A Memorial Tree is a unique way to honor someone: your tree grows and gives life.

How It Works

A couple and their dog chooses their Memorial Tree in Better Place Forests Yosemite Gateway.

Choose your tree

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

A Forest Guide explains how to spread ashes around a Memorial Tree

Plan your Forest Memorial

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

A family gathers for a Forest Memorial, returning their loved one to the earth.

Spread your ashes

Ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming a part of the life of the forest.

A family picnics in the meadow of the Memorial Forest.

Enjoy your forest

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

“Having our tree has given me a gift. It’s as if Matt wanted me to have this special place to visit.”

Kim A.
Point Arena Memorial Forest, California

Find a tree that honors your loved one

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

Memorial Trees start at $5,900

Payment Plans are Available


David returns his mother's ashes to the earth at Better Place Forests Point Arena location.

“The fact that I have a sacred forest to return to (which represents one of mom’s dear desires) is a special gift.
Her Forest Memorial will live inside me as a cherished memory. Thank you dearly, Better Place Forests Team.”

David J.
Point Arena Memorial Forest, California

Explore available trees to commemorate your loved one

Find the tree that speaks to you by exploring online or with the help of a Guide

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