New memorial forest in Berkshire County trades headstones for trees |

New memorial forest in Berkshire County trades headstones for trees

Subrina Dhammi & WNYT Staff
Updated: February 09, 2021 04:35 PM
Created: February 05, 2021 04:15 PM

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - A new company is emerging, offering a new option for you to plan how and where you and your loved ones want to be memorialized.

The idea is to move away from a traditional cemetery burial, and go back into nature.

A 200-acre plot of land in Williamstown now has new meaning. It will become the final resting place for many people.

That includes Dwight Brown and his wife. They just selected the tree land they will forever be tied to.

When they pass, their ashes will be spread at the tree, a forever memorial within nature.

It has even deeper meaning for him though. He owned this land for years and just listed it for sale. A company called Better Place Forests replied. The company puts nature in place of a cemetery, and trees in place of gravestones.

Sandy Gibson is the founder. He lost his dad when he was 10 years old, and his mom a year later. The cemetery never provided comfort. However, this setting does.

Better Place Forests is taking deposits now for a tree of your choice. Tours of the forest start this summer.

Learn about where they have other similar locations around the country by watching the video of Subrina Dhammi's story.

MORE INFORMATION: Better Place Forests

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