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FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, announced April 12th, it is offering financial assistance to families and individuals burdened by funeral expenses incurred for loved ones who’ve died due to COVID-19. Darriel Ezell, investigator and inspector for the Arkansas Insurance Department's Funeral Service Division provides application guidance.


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"Death Fest," taking place in downtown Fayetteville October 27 - November 1 will feature workshops on coffin building, obituary writing, home funerals, natural burial as well as caskets full of entertainment. Vickie Kelly, founder and director of the Natural State Burial Association, organized the event which espouses green burial practices. NSBA will host its annual board meeting during the Death Fest. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Natural State Burial Association wants to make green burials and green cemeteries an option for residents in northwest Arkansas and the Arkansas River Valley.

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Aaron Sachs is an associate professor at Cornell University and was on the University of Arkansas campus to deliver a lecture about American attitudes toward death and the environment in the 19th century. We included a snippet of an interview with him on today's program.

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