An affordable natural memorial for your ashes

Create a family memorial by spreading your ashes around a healthy, mature tree in a protected forest

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A beautiful alternative to cemeteries

At half the cost of traditional options, a Memorial Tree in a Better Place Forest is a beautiful way to remember the ones you love.

Return ashes to the earth in a protected forest ecosystem.

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. 

Better Place Forests vs. traditional cemeteries

Creating your perfect memorial can be beautiful and affordable. Our average cost of a resting place, ceremony, and marker for two people is less than half the cost of traditional cemeteries.
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Headstones in a Traditional Cemetery



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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Lake Arrowhead

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St. Croix Valley

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Over 6,000 families served across nine 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. Lake Arrowhead Forest, California

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. Point Arena Forest, California

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. Santa Cruz Forest, California

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. Yosemite Gateway Forest, California

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. Flagstaff Forest, Arizona

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. Rock River Forest, Illinois

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. St. Croix Valley Forest, Minnesota

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. Berkshires Forest, Massachusetts

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, Litchfield Hills Forest, Connecticut
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.

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Explore available trees with a Guide

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