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Services & Obituaries
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Robyn Cavaness
March 22, 1953 ~
December 07, 2017
Date of Service: December 13, 2017


Margaret Mackin
May 24, 1926 ~
November 15, 2017
Date of Service: December 15, 2017


Byron McAllister
April 29, 1929 ~
December 09, 2017


Marilyn Wessel
January 4, 1942 ~
December 04, 2017


Jack Shropshire
June 5, 1921 ~
December 04, 2017


Emma Derby
August 18, 1934 ~
November 26, 2017


Thomas Hebert, Jr.
December 3, 1971 ~
November 24, 2017


Willie Figgins
February 11, 1925 ~
November 24, 2017


Elizabeth Vaughn
January 4, 1924 ~
November 22, 2017


 

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; 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 for the wonderful care you took of my mother, father, and the whole family throughout her funeral process.  The service was beautiful, as was the video.  Thank you for allowing us to hold the reception there.  It was very comfortable and warm.  We so appreciate your caring, concern, and respect."

 
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SERVICE OF HOPE: Holiday Service of Remembrance
Sunday, December 3 ~ 2pm

COMPASSUS BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP
9 Weeks:  Starts 9/19/17, 5:30pm

HAVE THE TALK OF A LIFETIME
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NEWS RELEASE: Have the Talk of a Lifetime
November 19 ~ 2pm & 6:30pm

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

 


     
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