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Better Place Forests offers an alternative final resting place

Online tours will begin in April, while an in-person opening date is still being decided.
Published: Mar. 15, 2021 at 12:36 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A new memorial forest will come to Ogle County, making it the first conservation memorial forest in the state.

Better Place Forests announced the expansion. Leaders say it will not only protect 60 acres of forest land, but also will provide local families who choose cremation, to lay their loved ones to rest under a private or permanently protected tree.

Online tours will begin in April, while an in-person opening date is still being decided.

“A Conservation Memorial Forest is a sustainable alternative to cemeteries where instead of a grave and a tombstone families choosing their final resting place as a family tree,” Better Place Forests CEO Sandy Gibson said.” That’s where they will spread the ashes of their loves ones and by choosing that tree they’re helping to purchase and permanently protect that land forever.”

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