A Will for the Woods

A Will for the Woods

Streaming Video - 2014
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What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Musician and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial in this immersive documentary. While battling lymphoma, Clark has discovered a burgeoning movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing typical funeral practices that stress the ecosystem. Boldly facing his mortality, Clark and his partner Jane have become passionate about green burial, compelled by both the environmental benefits and the idea that one can remain within the cycle of life, rather than being cut off from it. The spirited pair have inspired a compassionate local cemetarian, and together they aim to use green burial to save North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.
Publisher: [United States] : First Run Features : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Branch Call Number: STREAMING VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 85 min.)) : sd., col

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john_doh17
Mar 23, 2015

Clark seemed like a decent man. I think the movie did a good job of presenting the idea that there are other options besides tradition burial or cremation. The other thing it highlighted was we can focus on one issue and lose track of the bigger picture. The carbon impact of Clark's futile flight to Seattle was much greater than than a traditional cremation, but that is apparently never even considered. Why only in death is the impact on the environment a consideration? For other interesting alternatives check out urbandeathproject.org

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Lirael
Mar 23, 2015

After watching this, I wished I had known Clark! And I felt like I had been a part of his living and dying. Very interesting info about the green burial movement, and mention of Whatcom County WA's own preserve.

ravenheart Feb 10, 2015

The actual funeral part and the green burial seemed cool. I think I could probably go for something like that myself. BUT there's no way in hell I would have all those people fooling around with my dead body when they put me in the casket. haha They did a whole preparation ceremony where they washed his dead body and put oil on him. I could see maybe his wife doing those things...alone, but they had like eight people involved with a whole house party looking on. Yikes!! Bizarre. Definitely an interesting documentary if you or someone you know are shopping for a funeral.

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