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A lasting, living memorial that helps preserve and restore forest ecosystems for generations to come.
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A more beautiful resting place in iconic forestland in the Midwest and East Coast
For those considering cremation, memorial trees are a new way to protect forestland. When you choose a memorial tree from Better Place Forests, you get a beautiful place to visit and, one day, spread ashes—all while leaving a legacy of conserving local wild spaces.

Minneapolis

Chicago

Minneapolis

Chicago

Boston

Hartford

New York

Boston

Hartford

New York

How it works

01
Choose your tree

Enjoy a guided tour through one of our forests and find your one-of-a-kind memorial tree.

02
Protect forestland

Your purchase helps protect this rich ecosystem and contributes to reforestation across America.

03
Enjoy your forest

Your memorial tree gives you special access to the forest. Visit, hike, picnic, and see your tree grow over the years.

04
Return to earth

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming part of the life of the forest.

Learn more

How it works

01
Choose your tree

Enjoy a guided tour through one of our forests and find your one-of-a-kind memorial tree.

02
Protect forestland

Your purchase helps protect this rich ecosystem and contributes to reforestation across America.

03
Enjoy your forest

Your memorial tree gives you special access to the forest. Visit, hike, picnic, and see your tree grow over the years.

04
Return to earth

When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of your tree, becoming part of the life of the forest.

Learn more
When you purchase a memorial tree you...
Choose a resting place that continues your connection with nature
Establish a place for loved ones to visit and honor your memory
Conserve your forest for future generations

At Better Place Forests, we believe that making a meaningful plan for the end of life is part of living your best life now
This is a decision you only need to make once. So make yours as impactful as possible.
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