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Randall Aanenson
December 1, 1957 ~
February 20, 2018
Date of Service: February 24, 2018


Virginia Heavner
June 22, 1923 ~
February 20, 2018
Date of Service: February 24, 2018


Barbie Wallace
March 16, 1963 ~
February 19, 2018
Date of Service: February 27, 2018


Iris Young
March 1, 1920 ~
February 18, 2018


Steven Johnson
October 10, 1943 ~
February 18, 2018


Ronnie Ray Hanson
June 29, 1959 ~
February 17, 2018


Sandra Gieser
February 14, 1957 ~
February 15, 2018


Frances Harvey
October 3, 1915 ~
February 14, 2018


Delores Kottwitz
January 19, 1930 ~
February 12, 2018


Darlene Wruck
June 7, 1939 ~
February 11, 2018


 

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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"Let me thank you for the care you took with my father and family.  You and all the staff at Dokken-Nelson were wonderful.  We appreciate all you did for us; it was wonderful not having to worry about anything during this very sad time."

~ M. J.
 
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