Watch the Simple Path instructional video

This video will provide you with helpful information about the Simple Path.

What is the Simple Path? +
The Simple Path is the all new solution to two very common problems:
1) What will happen to my loved one’s cremated remains, which I am keeping at home, when I am no longer here? Similarly, if I chose cremation and a family member keep my remains at home with them, what will happen to my remains when my family is no longer able to care for them?
2) What is an appropriate, dignified way to keep the cremated remains of a loved one at home?

The Simple Path is the secure, comforting, wise and dignified approach to the choice of cremation, for today, tomorrow and the future. It’s called the Simple Path because with one easy purchase, you will receive everything you need to keep your loved one’s cremated remains proudly and respectively at home for as long as you’d like, while also avoiding the problem that arises when you’re gone - assuring the future of your loved one’s cremated remains when you are not here to care for them.
What's included in the Simple Path? +
When you purchase the Simple Path you receive:
1. The beautiful memory chest, handcrafted by the internationally acclaimed artisans of Kittinger Furniture exclusively for the Simple Path. Here, your loved one’s cremated remains can be discreetly kept along with your most prized photos and mementos. It will become a treasured family heirloom that you and your heirs will keep to preserve memories and precious photos and mementos
2. Exclusive space reserved in beautiful, historic Forest Lawn for the eventual dignified, and now most preferred choice after cremation – the scattering of your loved one’s remains - in a particularly picturesque area exclusively for those who select the Simple Path.
3. The assurance of their perpetual care in this protected place of rest.
4. A permanent place for you loved one’s name on a very impressive stone ledger carved from the world’s finest granite
5. Inclusion of your loved one’s name and scattering location records in Forest Lawn’s extensive archives.
6. Your ability to tell his/her story by creating a personal memorial page which can include photos, stories, videos and other information on Forest Lawn’s secure website. Family and friends can also view and contribute to the memorial page at any time. The page can continue to grow over time as more and more memories are added to it.

All this is included with your simple, one-time, online purchase of the Simple Path.
Does the Simple Path include the arrangements and costs for cremation itself? +
No. The arrangements and associated costs for cremation are NOT included in the Simple Path. To make those arrangements, please contact your family funeral director or one of your choice.
What happens when I purchase the Simple Path? +
When you purchase the Simple Path:
1. The memory chest will be shipped to you. When you receive your memory chest, please inspect it immediately. If it has been damaged in any way during shipment, you can exchange it for a new one. But please note that all returns must received at our office within two weeks of the memory chest’s delivery to you, or the return will not be accepted and the purchase is final. (See the Return Policy on the Simple Path website for more details)
2. After the timeframe during which we will accept a return passes, Forest Lawn will arrange to have the name of your loved one (as you provided at the time of ordering) carved on the impressive solid granite ledger located in the area in Forest Lawn where your loved one’s cremated remains will eventually be scattered.
3. You can place the cremated remains of your loved love, as well as your cherished photos and mementos in the Simple Path memory chest at any time. Then place the memory chest wherever you chose. Remember that visitors to your home will see the beautiful, handcrafted Kittinger made chest, and by opening it, you can showcase your cherished mementos and photos. Only you will know that your dear departed loved one is discreetly below the personalized memento tray.
4. Whenever you (or your heirs) are ready to commit your loved one’s cremated remains to their final, permanent, protected pace of rest in Forest Lawn, just take the simple step reflected in the “Letter to the Future,” which is affixed to the Simple Path memory chest, and call Forest Lawn.
Can I return the Simple Path? +
Yes. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase of the Simple Path, you can return the Simple Path memory chest and either request a new memory chest (if it was in some way damaged during shipment) or receive a full refund of your purchase (net of the original shipping costs) if you have changed your mind. But please note that returns are time-sensitive and must be received at our office within two weeks of the memory chest’s delivery to you or the return will not be accepted and the purchase is final.
How do I return the Simple Path? +
On the Simple Path website (simple-path.com), go to the “Contact” page, complete the form and in the message box, indicate that you would like to return the memory chest. Please indicate whether you’d like to exchange the chest (for a new one) or would like a refund of your purchase price. When we receive your request, a pre-paid return shipping label will be generated and emailed to you at the address you provided. Then, utilizing the original packaging materials, secure the memory chest and either bring it to the nearest authorized UPS shipping location or contact UPS for pick-up of the package. Please note that you must return the memory chest in its original packaging carton and protective materials in which it was shipped to you.
When I purchase the Simple Path what happens to the cremated remains? +
When you purchase the Simple Path, you can keep the cremated remains of your loved one in the Simple Path memory chest - discreetly beneath the chest’s inner lid and memento tray. With the remains in the memory chest, you can keep your most cherished mementos and photographs. You can keep the cremated remains in the memory chest for as long as you wish.

Whenever you (or your heirs) are ready to commit your loved one’s cremated remains to their final, permanent, protected pace of rest in Forest Lawn, just take the simple step reflected in the “Letter to the Future,” which is affixed to the Simple Path memory chest, and call Forest Lawn.
When I'm ready to do so, how do I return the cremated remains to Forest Lawn for scattering? +
Whenever you (or your heirs) are ready to commit your loved one’s cremated remains to their final, permanent, protected pace of rest in Forest Lawn, just take the simple step reflected in the “Letter to the Future,” which is affixed to the Simple Path memory chest, and call Forest Lawn. To get the cremated remains to Forest Lawn you can either:
• Send them via the United States Postal Service, which offers the only legal method of shipping cremated remains domestically or internationally. For the specific instructions from the US Postal Service regarding how to ship the cremated remains, cut and past this link into your browser: https://about.usps.com/publications/pub139.pdf


OR

• Bring them to Forest Lawn.

When Forest Lawn receives the cremated remains, where and when will they be scattered? +
Included with the purchase price of the Simple Path is the scattering of your loved one’s remains in beautiful Forest Lawn. They will be scattered in a particularly picturesque area – The Simple Path at Forest Lawn, immediately adjacent to the newly created wetland sanctuary in section GG in Forest Lawn.
When Forest Lawn receives the cremated remains, when will they be scattered? +
When the cremated remains are sent to Forest Lawn, they will be scattered by the Forest Lawn Perpetual Care team at the earliest opportunity. That can occur Monday through Friday at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. the exact date and time of the scattering will be recorded in our permanent records, and the scattering will be attended by Forest Lawn’s professional Interment Service staff, as directed and supervised by the Superintendent of Interment Services.
Does the memory chest get buried? +
No. When you purchase the Simple Path, the solid wood memory chest, handcrafted by the artisans at the internally known Kittinger Furniture is yours to keep and pass down to the next generations of your family. It will become a treasured family heirloom with mementos and photos of any many generations as you desire.
Can the Simple Path be used for the cremated remains of multiple people? +
You can purchase the Simple Path for the cremated remains of one person, which is the “single” memory chest or two people, which is the “double” memory chest. However, should you choose to keep only a small portion of you loved one’s cremated remains (and scatter the rest in Forest Lawn), you would have room in the memory chest for as many portions of loved ones’ cremated remains as you wish. But remember with the purchase of the single Simple Path memory chest the cremated remains of only one person will ultimately be scattered in Forest Lawn. With the double memory chest, the remains of two people will be scattered in Forest Lawn.
Can I purchase the Simple Path for a pet? +
No. While you can certainly store the cremated remains of your pet(s) in the memory chest, New York State law does not permit the cremated remains of domestic pets to be scattered in a cemetery.

Note: Unrelated to the Simple Path, Forest Lawn does allow for the burial (not scattering) of the cremated remains of domestic pets with their owners. To learn more about that, click here.