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Eco-Burial Movement: A Will For The Woods

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To Rest In Peace Without Polluting

A Will for the Woods is a film in the making about a dying wish for a meaningful legacy of eco-friendly funerals that conserve natural areas. This is the trailer, which makes for a great introduction to the subject.

A team of four film makers investigate the green burial revolution, as they explore the "effort to advance environmentally sustainable funeral practices, connect people to timeless rituals, and create a powerful tool for conserving natural areas."

Throughout time, and today in most of the world, people are allowed to bury their dead without toxic embalming fluids and caskets. But in the US we need to fight for the right to rest in peace without causing further destruction to the environment.

They tell the stories of key players within the movement, as well as the powerful narrative of Clark Wang, who is suffering from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

"I'd like to use whatever time I have left to set a pattern in our community of going back to really traditional and natural ways of handling our dead. This is an opportunity to do something of lasting meaning and benefit for everybody and for our world - to have your last act be in your control - and one that is a gift."

The film's website, serves as a dynamic headquarters for all kinds of information on the green burial movement.

Here their description of a green burial: "A green burial is a simple and natural alternative to resource-intensive contemporary burial or cremation. The deceased is laid to rest in the earth in a biodegradable casket or shroud, without a vault, in a woodland or other natural setting, and with a field stone or indigenous plant marking the grave. This practice can be used as a conservation tool, enabling the acquisition, restoration, and stewardship of natural areas. It was prevalent for thousands of years (and still is in some parts of the world, including in traditional Muslim and Jewish burials) before the contemporary funeral industry propagated expensive and elaborate funerals as traditional."

--Bibi Farber