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Services & Obituaries

Bettye White
March 16, 1923 ~
April 12, 2014
Date of Service: April 17, 2014


Brent Vining
August 13, 1973 ~
April 10, 2014


Willard 'Bill' Keightley
October 8, 1927 ~
April 07, 2014


Shirley Sales
January 2, 1935 ~
April 07, 2014


Dorothy Bayern
October 16, 1929 ~
April 07, 2014


Virginia Hanson
November 23, 1916 ~
April 06, 2014


Patricia Diede
February 13, 1936 ~
April 04, 2014


Margaret Campbell
February 1, 1942 ~
April 01, 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



Family Feedback

"Thank you for all your help and support during the death of my mother.  I was very impressed with your staff throughout this difficult process.  With your help we were able to say good-bye to our mother in a very meaningful way.  Our loss is still so new, but our thanks to you for the care you showed."

~ Lisa F.
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News & Events

Bereavement Support Group
9 Weeks:  Starts 2/11, 5:30pm

NEWS RELEASE: Cell Phones for Soldiers Phone Drive Results
Memorial Day Phone Drive Provides More Than 30,000 Minutes to Troops

Dokken-Nelson Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers
$1,000 Memorial Day Match

NEWS RELEASE: Green Burial
Dokken-Nelson Receives GBC Three Leaf Rating

D-N Team Members Travel to Harvard

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