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Kevin Ellerton
July 19, 1974 ~
May 23, 2015
Date of Service: May 28, 2015


Nellie Litle
October 23, 1915 ~
May 25, 2015
Date of Service: May 29, 2015


Martin Burris
March 30, 1927 ~
May 25, 2015
Date of Service: May 30, 2015


Edna Hensley
July 1, 1928 ~
May 25, 2015


Jack Shell
January 16, 1936 ~
May 20, 2015


Joanne Jensen
February 17, 1941 ~
May 19, 2015


Fern Hodges
December 7, 1925 ~
May 17, 2015


Erven Anderson
March 29, 1934 ~
May 12, 2015


Heath Shannon
September 20, 1970 ~
May 10, 2015


Marc Coate
March 23, 1956 ~
May 08, 2015


 

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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"You blessed us in many ways and we can only say 'Thanks' for your understanding and patience during our time of grief.  You have a compassion that comes from your heart.  You are a blessing-may God continue to use you to Bless others."

~ Sandy N.
 
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CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH: UNDERSTANDING YOUR GRIEF
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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



Jim Mitchell Honored for 50 Years in the Funeral Industry
MFDA Recognizes 50-Year Commitment at State Convention

 


     
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