Human Composting

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Recently, the Washington state legislature approved a bill which in a year will allow the construction of facilities that offer what some people are referring to as “human composting.” But for now, the Herland Forest offers a similar option. Which … Continued

Burial in the Snow

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Herland Forest, our natural burial park, is a very private place, well away from the nearest paved road and all the traffic that implies. For most of the year, we see that as a very good thing, but that degree … Continued

2 Hearts 2 Gether 4 Ever

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When the Franks contacted us, they asked the intriguing question of whether it would be possible for them to be buried shoulder to shoulder?  The sentiment was something we understood and appreciated, and since Herland Forest does not use concrete … Continued

Chris’ Chestnut

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From Chris’ memorial card: Christopher R. Heitner, 46, of Spokane, WA, passed away in his home on Oct. 6, 2018 of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Chris was born in North Dakota in 1972. He went to Lewis & Clark H.S. … Continued

Margaret’s Choice

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When someone decides that they want to become a Guardian of the Herland Forest, usually the next step is for them to spend time on the land and find a spot that feels right for them. Some prefer the burial … Continued

Emma’s Cherry Tree

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Usually, the first step in the interment of ashes from a cremation (often referred to as “cremains”) in the Herland Forest involves the loved one selecting a location that speaks to them. Then a hole is dug and a biodegradable … Continued

“Tuck” Hatfield Remembered

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The Herland Forest is beautiful in May. It’s situated on the divide between the wetland forests of the western Cascades and the dryland forest that stretches away to the east. One result is that a steadily changing progression of wildflowers … Continued

A Working Stewardship Forest.

A core aspect of the Windward Community’s (Herland’s stewarding organization) long-term ecological research and modeling revolves around creating a holistic economy based upon the stewardship of healthy, diverse and well functioning ecosystems; ecosystems which provide for the material well-being of … Continued