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Services & Obituaries
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George Cole
July 12, 1943 ~
November 14, 2014
Date of Service: December 20, 2014


Lola Pyle
December 12, 1923 ~
December 16, 2014
Graveside Service: December 24, 2014


Lynda Ensign
November 28, 1942 ~
December 18, 2014
Date of Service: December 27, 2014


Gary Jorgensen
August 17, 1938 ~
December 14, 2014


Cyril Johnsen
October 21, 1925 ~
December 14, 2014


Jocelyn Cooper
July 11, 1919 ~
December 11, 2014


Jeffery Webb
September 11, 1961 ~
December 06, 2014


Sandra Senecal
April 23, 1955 ~
December 05, 2014


Elizabeth Troxell
November 15, 1916 ~
December 05, 2014


Peggy Schaplow
December 20, 1924 ~
December 04, 2014


 

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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"Thank you again for the very special service for our Dad.  We will forever appreciate your kindness, hard-work, and your ability to make his celebration of life "just right."  Everything captured our Dad's good life right down to the 'can of Coke' and the special music...wonderful memories."

~ Cathy C.
 
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NEWS RELEASE: Have the Talk of a Lifetime
November 19 ~ 2pm & 6:30pm

Free Pre-Planning Seminar

Thursday, Oct 9, 2pm or 6:30pm ~ Holiday Inn Bozeman



Hope Lutheran Grief Support Group
8-Weeks: Starts 10/6/14, at 6:30pm

 


     
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