Could Forests Replace Cemeteries?

When people think of cemeteries...they think of drab, kind of depressing places that can make it hard to visit loved ones who have passed. That's why a Northern California company is trying to change that by providing an alternative where ashes are spread beneath a personal, permanently protected memorial tree.

Sandy Gibson, co-founder and CEO of Better Place Forests, said the idea is to replace the grave and tombstone with a forest that is full of life. Each family gets to choose a tree, which Gibson said helps protect and preserve the forest.

The idea of your resting place being a forest is apparently appealing to a lot of people, who are comforted by the idea of their final resting place being a forest in the Mendocino or Santa Cruz areas.

Gibson said the program is also for the families of people who have passed away. His parents died when he was young, and he said he wanted to provide an alternative to the kind of cemetery he has visited for decades.

You can hear the full segment with Sandy Gibson from the KFBK Morning News with Cristina Mendonsa and Sam Shane below.

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