An ecological concept adopted from Germany, cinerary or sanctuary forests are growing in popularity as an alternative to cemeteries. They give people an option to be buried in a peaceful setting among nature.
A growing number of people are choosing to not only be cremated when they die, but to have their ashes buried beneath a tree.
Cinerary forests, also known as sanctuary forests, are an alternative to cemeteries and have been popular in Germany for some years.
When the time comes, ashes are mixed with local soil and returned to the base of the chosen tree, becoming a part of the life of the forest.