Save the Date:  
A Will for the Woods
September 2014
From the Director's Desk

Dear Friends,


Please join River View for a screening of the award-winning green burial feature documentary, A Will for the Woods, September 14-17 at the Clinton Street Theater in Portland.  As the only cemetery in Portland offering natural burial, River View is excited to share this beautiful and moving story of one man's choice to express his love for the earth through the choices he made when facing his death. We will host a Q & A session after each showing.


About the Film

What if your "last act" could be a gift to the planet - a force for regeneration? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial. Clark allowed the final months of his life and death to be filmed as a witness to the power, significance, and beauty that he saw in natural burial. He wanted the world to see the life-affirming power of this "new-old" idea that our bodies should return to the earth naturally. Watch the Trailer: and read below for what critics have said about the film.


Screening Info

The Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street 

September 14th - 17th (late afternoon and early evening showings) 

Tickets here 


About Natural Burial at River View
Four years ago, River View made headlines by announcing that we would permit natural burial nearly anywhere in our cemetery. Today, nearly one-quarter of all burials at River View are earth-friendly - no embalming, no outer burial casket, some using only a shroud. Read more about our program here
To help educate the community about their choices, River View Cemetery became an early sponsor of Will for the Woods by donating to the costs of production. We now hold the community screening rights for the Portland area. We would be happy to arrange a showing for your organization or community group.


Please join us at the Clinton Street Theater and get in touch if you'd like us to bring the film to your setting for further discussion of this important option.




David Noble
Executive Director
River View Cemetery Association

"★★★★" "A beautiful rumination ... Advocating without preachiness and emotional without exploitation, this film is a lovely piece of work." Dan Schindel, Nonfics


"Far more impactful emotionally than just an issue documentary...what we have here is, thankfully, something far more emotionally engrossing and ultimately intellectually rewarding...A gorgeous, haunting, and lushly crafted meditation on one man's coming to terms with death"

            Joshua Brunsting,



"The film has hit a cultural nerve." Glenn McDonald, Discovery News


"I don't remember ever so highly recommending a documentary...a powerful testimonial for why you should seriously consider green burial."Fran Sorin, author, Digging Deep.



At River View, you can plan to be buried nearly anywhere in the cemetery, directly in the earth without chemical embalming, in a biodegradable casket or a simple shroud.  In the future, River View plans to begin construction of a new, dedicated Natural Burial Area - free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. And in coming years, we expect to make natural burial available in our beautiful forested areas.  For more information:
Click here to watch A Will for the Woods trailer, in which Clark Wang plans his own natural burial while battling lymphoma.
Schedule a Community Screening
Want to share
A Will for the Woods with your organization, community group, or neighbors? We'd be happy to arrange a screening in your home, work place, or community venue. Click here to contact us or call Jessica Repp at 503.246.4251.
Did You Know?
Nearly one-quarter of all burials at River View are earth-friendly. Read more about our Natural Burial program here.
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