Rest In Peace

‘Green burial’ advocate puts belief into practice

Posted: October 26, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Courtesy photo The body of Andrew Jackson Jones was cared for after his death by his family, then buried without being embalmed or cremated. His daughter, Vickie Kelley, is host of this weekend's Be a Tree: The 2017 Arkansas Green Burial Conference in Fayetteville.

To mark his 70th birthday, he rode in the Great American Cattle Drive.

Be a Tree: The 2017

Arkansas Green Burial Conference

When: Friday through Wednesday

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Stage 18, Evergreen Cemetery, Fayetteville Senior Center, Fayetteville Public Library

Cost: Free, but donations are accepted.


Be a Tree



• Reception — 6 p.m., St. Paul’s Parish Hall


• Hands-on home funeral training, 10 a.m.; Death Cafe, noon; coffin building workshop, 1 p.m.; green burial demo, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

• Death Fest performance — 7 p.m., Stage Eighteen


• “The Illustrious and the Eccentric,” with Abby Burnett and J.B. Hogan, 10 a.m., Evergreen Cemetery

• Death Cafe, noon; keynote with Geshe Thupten Dorjee, 2 p.m., Fayetteville Senior Center


• Write your own obituary, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library


• “Cemeteries Die Too,” with Abby Burnett, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library


• “In the Parlor: The Final Goodbye.” Documenting a family’s experience conducting a home funeral, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library

Legally Speaking

According to Ed McClure, an attorney and partner in Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure & Thompson in Rogers:

“In Arkansas, a body must be embalmed or refrigerated if final disposition does not occur within 24 hours, unless cremation is planned. For cremation, the allowed waiting period is 48 hours. No law requires a casket for burial. However, you should check with the cemetery; it may have rules requiring a certain type of container. No law requires a casket for cremation, although the crematory may.”

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