Memorial Trees Honor Lives While Helping the Environment

Posted by: Erin Ward in Grief and Guidance, Memorialization | July 9, 2021

If you’re looking for a unique tribute that honors a loved one’s life while also making a positive difference in the world, then a memorial tree may be right for you! Memorial trees are greener, more sustainable memorialization options that honor lives while helping the environment.

Below we’ll answer some frequently asked questions about the memorial tree program and how it helps preserve the environment and a loved one’s memory. 

What Does It Mean When You Purchase a Memorial Tree?

When you purchase a memorial tree, it’s planted in honor of your loved one in the area of greatest need. Our forestry partners work with their networks of planting partners to determine the details. Depending on the chosen planting location, they decide the tree species based on what grow best in that area and what best helps the environment.

What Happens After You Purchase a Memorial Tree?

After you purchase a memorial tree, we take care of everything regarding the tree planting. You will receive a certificate along with your receipt. This certificate makes a perfect memento for remembering your loved one. For example, you can frame it and proudly display it in your home.

Due to seasonal conditions, the memorial tree plantings are during the spring and summer. If you order a tree during planting season, it may not be planted until the next year to ensure the proper environment for the tree’s growth. Once our partners plant the tree, you can find out what restoration project your loved one’s memorial tree is a part of. 

How Do the Memorial Trees Help the Environment? 

Trees help improve the quality of life for humans, wildlife, and plant life alike. For example, they provide habitat and food for a variety of wildlife. They also ensure quality air by removing excess carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, from the atmosphere and turning the carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe. Removing these harmful gases contributes to a lower-carbon economy.

Trees also reduce the harmful effects of climate change. For instance, they reduce the number of potentially harmful chemicals transported to our waterways. They also can significantly reduce soil erosion, since their root systems help stabilize soil.

How Do the Memorial Trees Help Honor Lives?

Memorial trees are a powerful way for a loved one’s legacy to live on. What better way to honor a loved one’s life than making a positive difference in the world? Thanks to your loved one’s memorial tree, wildlife will have a source of food and shelter, the air quality will improve, and plants can continue to flourish. Even after their passing, your loved one can continue to help others. 




April 4

I was talking with someone recently about their loss and the grieving process. The idea of planting a tree was brought up. My friends response was probably a common response. He said that planting a stupid tree won’t bring her back?
All I could say to him was the obvious truth, I told him that he was right. Planting a tree wasn’t going to bring his mother back. It’s always difficult to condole someone who is mourning or agonizing.
All I could say was that the tree could live on and continue to bring life through beauty. We talked about how the tree would help him and I to breath because trees turn our exhale into clean oxygen for us to breath in.
The almost majik process of photosynthesis appears to be of great interest to this child.
We planted some trees and life goes on.


Dena Gray

March 12

I bought a Grove for my son, Wray Hawkins, Jr. No record of it anywhere.... What's going on? I want to know where it is and see it NOW!
Dena Gray


Karen Page

March 5

Hi I had purchased 2 trees one for Jim McLeod & Fred Emin ,I have yet to see anything or a certificate that says I had purchased them , I live in Yarmouth ,Nova Scotia & so did the ones I had purchased the trees for ,I would like them to be planted in Yarmouth ,if not I would like my money back as I was understanding they would be planted in their hometown ,not someone else's ... Thank you


Carrie Preston

February 24

Carrie Preston
Just wondering can I make a reservation for a tree memorial
For my love
James Vogel


Angelica Doser

February 24

i want to do this for my daddy! He died recently of Lukemia! How do i do this but I want the tree planted near a childs cancer center so that they can go play under it! My father was an EMT & Firefighter. He loved his kids and his grandkids playing


Joelle Auguste

February 4

How do you purchase a Memorial Tree?
And how to set it up for others to donate monetary contributions on an obituary webpage? Thanks!


Diane Campbell

January 27

What is it with your site. Have been trying to unsubscribe for days now and it won't let me. Please fix that

Herbert Stickle

January 5

Betty was like a second mother to me when I babysat her sons - Bill and Jack and baby Denise. She was a wonderfuI Christian,
Sandra Schricker Negley Stickle


Brenda S Fisher

December 20, 2021

It would be nice to know the location (city,state) where the trees were going to be planted. I recently received my certificate for the Oregon Scars project but I have no idea what city/state is was planted in. This additional information would be nice for future visits and thoughts of our loved one.


chastity lawson

December 15, 2021

Will I receive a certificate for palnting a tree? i just got the email stating the tree has been planted. I looked up where that forest is and its perfect.i hope i receive a certificate so i can pass it along to the mother of the child. Rest in peace Aryona James !


Eva Toth-Pal

December 2, 2021

There were 4 trees purchased in memory of Verona Varga. The family world really like to know where the trees are planted once they are planted. This is important for them. Please let us know.


Tom Warrington

September 25, 2021

Is the family of the deceased notified that this tree has been donated in honor of their loved one, and by whom?


Lori Swerdlow

July 31, 2021

What to do? I was unsuccessful in following your directions from another commenters post:

To plant a tree, simply search in the memorial tree section and find your loved one. Click on their obituary, and you will see a plant a tree button


Vicki Bangart

June 24, 2021

I and my daughters chose to plant the package of 10 trees as a memorial for my Grandson Lane’s friend who was passed away in an tragic swimming accident.He will be missed.



June 7, 2021

How do I find out how to proceed with planting a tree


Linda Pollera Catrops

May 30, 2021

How to order a tree for deceased person



May 25, 2021

Hi - The trees purchased for David Atwood are not showing up. Can you fix this? Thanks


Patricia Peters

May 14, 2021

How can I visit the tree of my loved one

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