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Services & Obituaries

Lilah Duncan
March 8, 1925 ~
October 25, 2014
Date of Service: October 31, 2014


Clifford Hysell
April 7, 1942 ~
October 26, 2014
Date of Service: October 31, 2014


William Berndt
October 17, 1927 ~
October 30, 2014


Jacqueline Schaffer
September 2, 1934 ~
October 27, 2014


Maryon Border
March 9, 1919 ~
October 26, 2014


Matthew Reid
August 22, 1954 ~
October 24, 2014


James A. Livers
April 26, 1921 ~
October 21, 2014


Susan K. McCaw
October 29, 1940 ~
October 21, 2014


Charles W. 'Chick' Hale, Jr.
June 24, 1927 ~
October 21, 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

Pre-planning information
Family Feedback

"Words cannot express our thanks and appreciation for all you did for the service and for the family.  No matter how busy you all were during that time, you always made us feel like we were #1 on the list!  All of the special touches you helped us with made the service and our struggles much easier to deal with.  Again, our heartfelt thanks."

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News & Events

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

Rocky Mtn Hospice Bereavement Support Group
9 Weeks:  Starts 9/16/14, 5:30pm

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

EYES OF FREEDOM MEMORIAL: May 29 to June 1, 2014
Honoring Those Who've Answered the Call to Service

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