Some people don’t want to talk about it ever! Others have intricate plans made, documented and stored for when the time comes. However, not many people consider the ins and outs of what happens AFTER the funeral. Customs have certainly changed since poorly constructed boxes (or wrapped bodies!) were dropped by rope into the family cemeteries. Not many obituaries say that ‘the body can be viewed at the home and will be interred on the family grounds.’ We laugh at burials depicted in movies set before the 1900s, and we shake our heads at the weird burials we read about in the paper. Is there a right or wrong way to bury a person we loved in this life? Who makes up the rules for body preparation and burial, and what rule or custom tells us what we can and cannot do? If you’ve read the paper recently, you’ll be familiar with the green burial movement. If you haven’t and you’re curious, you’ll want to hear Vickie Kelley, president of the Natural State Burial Association, talk about death and burial and how many people are challenging the modern rules and returning to a ritual that involves active participation while embracing grief and celebrating life. Find out what is legal regarding burials and what the positives and challenges are in tending to a loved one after death. This is the ultimate class in going green with northwest Arkansas on the front end of a movement to facilitate the creation of a conservation cemetery within the State of Arkansas.