A Berkshire forest blossoms into a new kind of graveyard

Florida, Mass., is home to a new-fangled cemetery on stunning, tree-studded land.

The Boston Globe
By Thomas Farragher
January 28, 2022

FLORIDA, Mass. – Just for a moment, it takes your breath away.

Pine and birch branch­es here are dust­ed with a soft, fresh coat of pris­tine Jan­u­ary snow and the mid-morn­ing panoram­ic view of the frost­ed Berk­shires is stun­ning­ly beautiful.

It’s a place where a vis­i­tor might pause, reflect, and think: I could stay here forever.

Now, some are plan­ning to do just that.

Because if you look close­ly at the hem­locks and the sug­ar maples in the woods here, you’ll notice that beneath their bar­ren branch­es some car­ry small green metal­lic tags that iden­ti­fy them as future memo­r­i­al trees.

A place where some­day loved ones will gath­er. Per­haps they’ll hold hands. A gui­tar will be strummed. Songs will be sung. Prayers will be said.

And then the mor­tal remains of moms and dads, sons and daugh­ters will be spread at the base of a state­ly old, tall tree and for­ev­er com­mit­ted to the earth.

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