You’re probably not going to die and I certainly never will, but in the off chance the Grim Reaper catches up with us one day, why should our deaths be less sustainable than our lives?
The mainstream funeral industry is full of nasty chemicals and manicured lawns. Shouldn’t we strive to stay green beyond just the inevitable 50 shades of mold [GLURGH] that awaits us?
Upcoming documentary A Will for the Woods tackles that very issue. The film follows Clark Wang as he struggles with lymphoma and looks for a way to connect with nature in death. By digging into this burial plot, he finds a local cemetery willing to set aside a threatened tract of forest for green funerals.
Saving woods that would otherwise be cut down as a final bodily act sounds a little better and more peaceful than my plan. I won’t spoil it all, but let’s just say it involves a rocky outcrop, a convocation of eagles, and Tom Waits looping on a boombox.
A Will for the Woods opens in theaters on Aug. 15.