AN ALTERNATIVE TO TRADITIONAL CEMETERIES
Better Place Forests are permanently protected forests, where families can spread the cremation ashes of their loved ones under reserved memorial trees.
How It Works
Better Place Forests makes it easy to create a natural, beautiful memorial for your family.
Choose Your Tree
You and your family can visit one of our forests and choose a tree to be reserved exclusively for you. We place a beautiful bronze marker in front of your tree.
Create Your Memorial
Your family can spread the ashes of your loved ones around your tree forever. You can also include your pets and family members can choose to be spread around your tree in the future.
Memorialize Your Legacy
Our forests are beautiful, permanently protected, and landscaped to create an ideal visitor experience. When your tree dies, we replant a new tree in its place.
Learn more about how Better Place Forests works
"After visiting Better Places and taking an hour tour of the forest with the wonderful people there, I made up my mind that the forest will be a place for me and my family.
I have always put off planning and never considered it to be fun, on the contrary, I figured it would make me feel uneasy at best. I was so wrong. It was actually fun!
The staff was very upbeat, we took wonderful pictures, and there was no pressure at all, either way."
Larry W., Petaluma
"Better Place Forests is a unique alternative to a traditional burial.
It gives people the opportunity to express what they value creatively and environmentally with integrity. It is a beautiful, peaceful setting. It is a piece of heaven here on earth."
Deborah & Steve R., Alameda
Terri's and Alethea's enthusiasm for the forest and trees was infectious. They were not only knowledgeable and professional, but also compassionate and caring.
The process of selecting a tree was deeply spiritual as well as fun. I am a tree-hugging conservationist and Better Place Forests is exactly what I had in mind whenever I contemplated the disposition of my ashes.
The ability to spread my pets' ashes in advance of my own gives me a real sense of connection with my tree and the whole forest, the whole earth really!
Pacia D., Daly City
"I was so happy to be able to make the visit to this beautiful forest and to see where my final resting place will be.
Preserving forests in this manner brings peace in knowing they will be forever protected and that I will be a small part of it. I will return to see it when all is finished as I know it will be so lovely!"
Ellen F., Medrod, Oregon
COME VISIT OUR FIRST FOREST IN
POINT ARENA, MENDOCINO
Located 3 hours north of San Francisco, we fell in love with this stunning redwood forest with its views of the Pacific.
Beautiful, Secluded, Natural
Our forest in Point Arena is a second-growth coastal redwood forest with 15 foot wide pathways, a beautiful meadow area, and a gorgeous view of the Pacific.
From the marine layer of fog that coats the forest every morning and evening, to the views of the ocean, there’s something truly special about the coastal redwoods in Mendocino.
Located in Beautiful Point Arena
When you visit the forest, we recommend stopping by Point Arena, a charming and welcoming coastal town boasting a number of fun activities like fishing, diving, and surfing.
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A Beautiful Way To Be Remembered
Better Place Forests offers you an alternative to cemeteries and traditional spreading options. When you choose a Better Place Tree Memorial, you are creating a living, natural memorial where only the ashes of you and your family can be spread.
A Serene, Natural Setting
We have selected truly spectacular forest locations, visited by songbirds and other wildlife.
An Easy To Visit Location
The forest is designed for visitors and offers a comfortable, peaceful place to visit.
Our privately-owned forests are professionally landscaped, maintained, and permanently protected. When trees die, we replant new trees in their place.
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