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Earth Day Natural Death Care Symposium
April 30, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Hood River Library will be hosting an Earth Day Natural Death Care Symposium. The two-day symposium will feature a workshop, film, conversation, and natural burial site tour.
The symposium is presented as a community service by the non-profit burial grounds River View Cemetery & White Eagle Memorial Preserve in partnership with Holly Pruett, Life-Cycle Celebrant, Death Talk Project, with support from Passages International and the Hood River County Library District. This program is organized as part of a monthly discussion series on death, dying and end-of-life issues sponsored by the Hood River Library.
The symposium kicks off on Friday, April 29, at 7pm with a free screening of the award-winning documentary A Will for the Woods.
A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate-and one community’s role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement, and evokes the question: what if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place should benefit the earth, Clark Wang (musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer) prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. Boldly facing his own mortality, the spirited Clark, along with his partner Jane, embraces the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and joins with a compassionate local cemeterian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut. As the film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.
The events for Saturday, April 30, will run from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Hood River Library, with presentations on Green Burial Planning, Home Funerals and Do-It-Yourself Rituals of Remembrance. Afterward, participants are invited to bring their own lunch and travel to the White Eagle Memorial Preserve in Goldendale, Washington for a tour of their natural burial ground from 1:30-5:00pm. A brief, reflective workshop on Creating a Death Plan will be included in the tour.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Anna Lim at 541-387-7066, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the library website at http://hoodriverlibrary.org.