Choose a final resting place your family will want to visit

Better Place Forests creates, operates and maintains protected spreading forests for families who want to create natural memorials.

What is a Spreading Forest?

A spreading forest is a permanently protected forest where families can spread the ashes of their loved ones under private family trees. Our first forest is opening in 2018 in a redwood forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Mendocino County, California.

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. The ashes of your family pets may also be added to your family tree.

A Peaceful Setting

A beautiful coastal redwood forest built and maintained for visitors. Give your family an incredible place to visit.

Permanently Protected

The forest is privately owned, protected and maintained. The forest is professionally landscaped and trees are replanted when they die.

Maintained for Families

The forest is designed for visitors and offers a comfortable, peaceful place to visit.

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“It’s comforting to know that my final resting place will be a beautiful location my sons will want to visit with their families.”

~ Barbara Smith

The Perfect Family Memorial

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See Photos from Our Mendocino Forest

Our first spreading forest is located in Mendocino County near Point Arena. As soon as we stepped foot on the property we knew that the stunning redwoods and views of the ocean would make an incredible visitor experience.

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Learn About Your Memorial Options and Discounts

See details about the various memorial options we offer you and your family as well as the discounts available prior to the forest opening. 

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Why Families Choose Better Place Forests

Creating a family memorial is a decision that involves everyone in your family. Learn why so many people choose Better Place Forests to create a visitable legacy for their family.

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Questions? We Have Answers!

What does Better Place Forests offer me?

Better Place Forests creates beautiful, landscaped forest settings where ashes are spread at the base of trees which are reserved for families.

If you are choosing cremation and want a beautiful, landscaped location where your family can visit and you can be remembered, Better Place Forests is your ideal option.

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Why is this different from spreading ashes on my own?

When you choose Better Place Forests you are creating a multi-generational memorial where your family can always return to visit.

You get the peace of mind of knowing that the forest will never be redeveloped and that your private spreading area will be reserved for your family forever. 

Many families consider public parks or private property for their spreading, but choose Better Place Forests because they want to know that they are creating a legacy and that their place will always be private and protected. 

What happens if I change my mind?

All of our memorial options can be transferred to new locations, exchanged for other memorials we offer, or fully refundable at any time.

Where is the spreading forest located?

Our first spreading forest is located in Mendocino County (about 2.5 hours north of San Francisco) and is a beautiful redwood forest with views of the Pacific. We have chosen this forest because of its natural beauty and proximity to the Bay Area.

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Are my pets allowed in my family memorial?

Yes! We’re a mix of dog and cat people and your pets’ ashes are allowed in your family tree. 

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Are you opening spreading forests in other locations?

We are planning on expanding to additional locations throughout the Bay Area within the next 12-18 months. 

All memorials can be transferred to any of our future locations.

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Inquire about what option is right for your family.

  • Get access to visit the forest before the public
  • Receive first choice of tree
  • Custom payment plans as low as $50 / month
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Better Place is based out of San Francisco and committed to creating a sustainable, cremation-only alternative to cemeteries.

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Our Mission

At Better Place our mission is to provide every person and family the opportunity to leave the legacy of a more beautiful world.

We do this by memorializing your ashes in protected nature reserves in the most iconic locations in America.