Embracing Death for a Fuller Life
2021 Virtual Conference Series


The COVID-19 pandemic has given Roots & Roads the opportunity to pivot our annual end-of-life workshop. Through monthly sessions we invite you to reduce your fear of death and dying through engaging events and heartfelt conversations.

All sessions are free of charge. Join us now!

Surprising Benefits of Water Cremation

Thursday, October 21st, 2021 6 - 7 pm (MST/PDT)


At Be a Tree, we believe that our final interaction with the earth should be meaningful and gentle. Our mission is to help people live on through nature after they die and to reduce the carbon footprint of the funeral industry.

Water cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis, is making waves in the funeral industry by providing a sound ecological alternative to flame cremation. Many know that water cremation has about 1/10th of the carbon footprint of flame cremation, but many don't know that it creates new opportunities to memorialize through nature. Join us to learn more about how water cremation is a gentle, earth-friendly way we can live on through nature in death.

Presented by:
Emily Nelson, Founder/CEO of Be a Tree Cremation

Emily Nelson spent a few years working for a large death care company and always had an inkling that there was a better way for us to return to the earth when we die. After several revealing conversations with loved ones and the community, she came to realize that there were two clear issues with the current options available: 1) A disconnect from nature and surviving loved ones and 2) a negative impact on the environment.

After extensive research, she discovered that water cremation, or alkaline hydrolysis, was a wonderful solution for tackling these issues in a society that is moving swiftly towards cremation. Water cremation has about 1/10th of the carbon footprint compared to flame cremation and the liquid byproduct can be used to fertilize the earth. She hopes to advocate for the legalization of water cremation and other green alternatives across the US and help families find closure by allowing loved ones to live on through nature.


End-of-Life Event Series Recordings

End-of -Life Event Series Recordings

We offer recordings of our previously held series events. Our goal to help educate those on the end-of-life experience and transform it and begin the conversation. Please take a moment to view our recording below and about our presenters.

All are welcome to this free series of events. If you have an idea for a session that you'd like to see, please let us know!

We can be reached with questions and suggestions at

Universal Series Sponsor

The Connie Hillman
Family Foundation

Shooting Star Sponsors
Sky Sponsors

transforming the end-of-life experience into the final act of living well