Green Funeral and Memorial Service Options

Environmentally friendly options for burial, cremation, and services

Create Healing Experiences

Create Healing Experiences

As more and more families become concerned about the effects on the environment, the consideration of a green funeral is becoming increasingly popular. A green funeral is an alternative to a traditional burial or cremation because it is an environmentally friendly option. The thought behind a green funeral is to keep the process and products as natural as possible. The type of funeral service should naturally reflect the individual's character, their way of life, beliefs, and ideals. 

Cremation Services

First Certified Green Burial Area in Arkansas

Traditional burial rituals have been “Green” for thousands of years, being performed without a casket, symbolizing the return to the Earth and the dust from which you were created; honoring the natural process intended for our bodies to be reunited with the earth. The key difference between our hybrid green burial section and the rest of the property is that burials are performed in biodegradable caskets or shrouds with no concrete vaults or liners placed in the interment space. As environmental consciousness continues to rise, Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery remains committed to responsibly using natural resources. We understand that many of our families choose to consider ecological values in addition to religious values when making their end-of-life arrangements. Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery continues to be among the most progressive cemeteries in Arkansas, offering the largest variety of options to our community. Those considering green burial are often surprised to discover how engaging and gratifying the process can be for the family and loved ones of the deceased. Green burial offers many opportunities for families to participate in a variety of steps throughout the burial process, such as carrying their loved one’s body to the gravesite, lowering the body into the grave, and filling the grave space. Though family participation is entirely optional, many families appreciate the intimacy such close involvement provides. Green burial is yet another example of our dedication to accommodate the requests and diversity of the families we are honored to serve. 

Funeral Services

There is a difference

Kirby and Family is the only Funeral Home and Cemetery in Arkansas approved by the Green Burial Council, a non-profit organization, to offer a green burial package. For such arrangements, formaldehyde-based embalming is not required.  Caskets or alternative containers used to enclose and transport your loved one are made of biodegradable materials and are available in a range of prices. Service options may be arranged within the limited time frame green burial allows. As with all of our service and merchandise offerings, detailed price information for each component is itemized on our General Price List and our Eco-Friendly Casket and Urn Price List. Although formaldehyde-based embalming is prohibited, there are alternative embalming and preparation care options available. A funeral with a viewing can be arranged to take place in the home, chapel, church, gravesite, or location of choice. Our green burial offerings can be provided within a green or conventional cemetery and in certain instances at homestead burial sites. Many families will have a gathering - formal or informal - prior to or after the green committal. This allows the time of remembrance for family and friends to honor the life of their loved one. Gathering with friends and family gives everyone the opportunity to share memories, express emotions, and find comforting support. When you choose green burial, we offer you the option to select a formal funeral or a more relaxed memorial service, the need for acknowledgment of the loss with family and friends is ever present. We can help you create a unique meaningful ceremony to express the genuine individuality of your loved one. We offer families a beautiful setting in which to come together to honor your loved one. But, you may certainly choose to celebrate their life in a more unique setting. No matter where you decide to gather together, such a service will make a difference in the lives of all who attend.

You Can Never Go Back and Do it Over

Some say it’s harsh to remind you of this, but we know we must. We want you to honor your loved one in a way that allows you to look back, years from now, and be thankful that you did the best you could to honor their life. Creating a ceremony that calls together the hearts and minds of all who loved them is a gift to everyone involved. A gift of memories, a gift of healing...a truly priceless gift of peace-of-mind.

Contact us today to speak with one of our directors.