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Services & Obituaries

John 'Ed' Welch
February 22, 1935 ~
July 22, 2014
Graveside Service: August 01, 2014


Clarice Wallin
July 3, 1916 ~
July 29, 2014
Date of Service: August 02, 2014


Alice Zimmerman
May 30, 1918 ~
July 27, 2014


Edwinnie Maxey
February 28, 1924 ~
July 27, 2014


Kenneth McAfee
October 26, 1921 ~
July 23, 2014


Carl W. Idland
May 9, 1928 ~
July 22, 2014


Helen L. Wilson
November 12, 1920 ~
July 20, 2014


Wanda Lammer
November 23, 1933 ~
July 20, 2014


Sam Hofman
December 26, 1928 ~
July 19, 2014


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Understanding Green Burial

GBC LogoDokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the  Green Burial Council (GBC); a nonprofit organization working to encourage environmental sustainability in the field of funeral service. Dokken-Nelson received its certification, along with a Three Leaf rating—the highest available from the GBC.

 

When green burial is selected, all aspects of burial remain as “natural” as possible—including non-formaldehyde-based care and cleansing products, natural fiber caskets and shrouds, and no vault to facilitate a quicker return to the elements. Green burial limits the environmental impact by using products made of renewable resources.

 

Green burial funeral service options are similar to a traditional funeral service. The primary difference is the selection of fluids used for sanitation and preservation. Options for a green burial service include: 

  • No visSunset Hillsitation, no services (direct burial)
  • Private family visitation (usually no embalming required)
  • Public visitation, utilizing embalming with formaldehyde-free fluids
  • Home vigil

While there are no official “green” cemeteries in the state of Montana, the Gallatin Valley has several cemeteries that do not require the use of a vault: Sunset Hills Cemetery; Reese Creek Cemetery; Fir Ridge Cemetery (West Yellowstone); and Dry Creek Cemetery. With green burial, grave markers that don’t intrude on the landscape are typically selected—such as shrubs and trees, or an engraved flat stone native to the area. The available marker options vary by cemetery.

 

Understanding Green Burial PDF



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