Can you describe the spreading ceremony?

Learn about the spreading ceremony for ashes in our forests.


Our spreading ceremonies are intimate, hosted, private gatherings for families where ashes are spread in front of your tree.

What is the typical program for a spreading ceremony?

A spreading ceremony is hosted by one of our forest stewards and usually take about an hour.

The suggested agenda (which we can tailor to your needs) is:

  • the family gathers at the visitor center at the forest and ask any questions about the ceremony
  • during this time a Forest Steward will mix the ashes with native soil
  • the Forest Stewards guide the family to their tree
  • there is a collection of 2-3 readings by the Forest Steward or family member(s)
  • the ashes are spread in front of the tree
  • the family can remain by their tree or walk through the forest
  • the family leaves at their convenience

How do the ashes get to the forest?

You can either bring the ashes to the forest during the ceremony or you can mail them to us via a special container from USPS.

How do I organize a spreading ceremony?

Families reach out to us and let us know they would like to schedule a spreading ceremony. A Forest Steward at the desired forest will then help plan the entire ceremony for the family.

While we have a suggested agenda, we will help you coordinate on:

  • date and time
  • what to communicate to guests
  • what readings you would like to hear or participate in
  • any other questions you have.

If you would like to organize a ceremony please email us at