PLAN A GREEN FUNERAL
Green will – The Green Burial Council has created this helpful new tool to assist in the preplanning of a green funeral: GBCgreenfuneralplanner.pdf
The GBC’s Four Part Green Burial Guide – Useful for evaluating providers: www.greenburialcouncil.org/assets/Whatyoucando.pdf
Let your wishes be known: If you know you want a green burial, but haven't written it into a will yet, the simplest thing you can do is just let your wishes be known. There are tools, for example Five Wishes, to help record your instructions and requests. If you're on social media, using the hashtag #iwantagreenburial (and #awillforthewoods if you like!) is a way to join a greater conversation, and possibly a way to start one within your immediate community.
Check out these resources: Our educational RESOURCES section has information on green burial as well as resources and organizations that can help you plan and make decisions. Some of this information is also on this page.
See and share the film
Find a screening: Upcoming screenings are listed on our SEE page. This is updated constantly.
Watch the DVD or online version of the film: The film is now available on DVD, as well as online through iTunes and Vimeo.
Host your own screening: Community and Educational screening licenses are now available for any host anywhere in the world. See the Host A Screening section of our SEE page for all the information – or go here to fill out a simple form, and we'll respond with information tailored to your specific situation.
Add Your Screening Info to this Website – Already hosting a screening? We are so grateful and would love to add your information.
Talk about it
The general lack of conversation around end-of-life options and the stigma of discussing death may be the number one hindrance to the green burial movement. So keep talking! Tell people about green burial and the film, host a screening, or encourage others to host a screening in their area.
Join us on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ – and together we can move this concept into the mainstream consciousness.
Join or start a conversation online by using the hashtag #iwantagreenburial. Starting with the film's US broadcast on public television, we are encouraging people to use this hashtag so others know that this is an option, and that it is what you want. (And feel free to add on #awillforthewoods if you like!)
Receive periodic updates from us with all the latest news about the film by joining our mailing list.
Share your thoughts about the film: Another way to help spread the word and continue the conversation is to take the time to share your thoughts about the film on platforms such as Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, and wherever you can view the film such as Vimeo, iTunes, and Amazon. This helps to build online visibility for the film, so thank you in advance for taking the time.
Get out there
If you are curious about ways to be involved with green burial sites near you, know that some have events from time to time, such as native plant and seed sales or giveaways, picnics, bird and nature walks, tree plantings, awareness campaigns, and more. Simply visiting these beautiful natural sites is yet another way of participating.
help conserve land
Learn more about providers and ways to get even more involved with green cemeteries and natural preserves at www.greenburialcouncil.org
Green Burial Council http://www.greenburialcouncil.org
Funeral Consumers Alliance (US) http://funerals.org
National Home Funeral Alliance (US) http://www.homefuneralalliance.org
Natural Burial Association (Canada) http://www.naturalburialassoc.ca
The Natural Death Centre (UK) http://www.naturaldeath.org.uk
The Natural Death Care Centre (AU) http://www.naturaldeathcentre.org.au
Natural Death Advocacy Network (AU) http://ndan.com.au
Local groups and death cafes
There are also some independent home funeral groups and green or natural burial groups that operate regionally or locally.
Also, in many cities there are now meetups known as death cafes, which are usually hosted in a public place open to all and designed to offer a space where death can be openly discussed, often in a casual, positive, or creative way.
• Grave Matters: A Journey Through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, Mark Harris
• American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Kate Sweeney
• Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson
• The American Way of Death, Jessica Mitford
• This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust
• Funeral Rights: What the Australian ‘deathcare’ industry doesn’t want you to know, Robert Larkins
FILM / VIDEO
• Ask a Mortician / The Order of the Good Death
• A Family Undertaking (home funeral feature documentary), Elizabeth Westrate
• Dying Green (short documentary), Ellen Tripler