A Will for the Woods Puts a Human Face on Green Burial

Apr 10, 2014 | 0 comments

A Will for the WoodsWhile the nationwide cremation rate in the United States has shot up more than 11% between 2007 to 2012, there’s also a growing interest in green burial. There aren’t hard statistics, but a building cache of anecdotes indicate more and more people would like to return to the earth as naturally as possible.

A Will for the Woods, a 2013 documentary, focuses on musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang as he prepares for his own death and green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. The film provides a close, personal look at the beauty and healing green burial can provide.

The movie was just screened at the International, Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association’s (ICCFA) annual convention. The exposition featured a number of providers of green burial products, including shrouds and natural biodegradable caskets.

Amy Browne and Jeremy Kaplan, co-directors of A Will for the Woods, spoke at the ICCFA convention after the screening. They join host Gail Rubin on A Good Goodbye Radio on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT on TogiNet Talk Radio to discuss the growing movement toward green burial.

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Topics include:

  • What green burial encompasses
  • Who is drawn toward green burial and who is making it available to the public
  • How A Will for the Woods evolved to become an award-winning film
  • Where green burial grounds are available
  • What people need to know to pursue their own green burial arrangements

More information about the film is available at www.AWillForTheWoods.com.

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Gail Rubin, funeral expert and Celebrant

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®, is author of the award-winning book, A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die. Host of A Good Goodbye television series and Internet radio show, she is a Certified Thanatologist (that’s a death educator) and a popular speaker who uses humor and films to get the funeral planning conversation started. She’s also a Certified Funeral Celebrant, funeral planning consultant, and insurance agent.

Rubin is a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association, and the National Speakers Association New Mexico Chapter. She is Vice President of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue of New Mexico, helping to start conversations across religions. Her website is www.AGoodGoodbye.com.

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