Cremation Options

Cremation Options

Cremation is an alternative to full burial, and you will be asked whether you want the cremated remains buried, entombed, placed in a niche, scattered, or kept at home. The biggest misconception about cremation is that there can't be a funeral service or visitation. This is absolutely not the case, and we encourage you to consider holding a memorial service to celebrate the life of the deceased as well.

By state statute, cremation takes place after a minimum 24-hour waiting period and all authorizations are received. The cremation of the body can occur before the ceremony of life recognition or afterwards. With cremation you still have the opportunity for public or private viewing. Because we own and operate our own crematory, you also have the opportunity to gather at the crematory and witness the cremation process.

For those family members wishing to keep a portion of the cremated remains, small urns called “keepsake” urns and jewelry are available at our office.

When you choose cremation, some commonly selected services are:

Cremation With a Traditional Ceremony

The funeral home staff assists the family in arranging a highly personal way of saying goodbye that reflects the uniqueness of the decedent. Often, personal memorabilia of the decedent is displayed and selected speakers share their own life memories and experiences of the decedent. The decedent is present, giving family and friends the opportunity for viewing and saying goodbye. Once the viewing and ceremony have taken place, the cremation is performed.


Cremation with a Memorial Ceremony

A personalized life celebration takes place, but the decedent is not present—cremation takes place before the ceremony. Private or public viewing can be arranged to meet family needs prior to cremation.

Cremation with Private Family Visitation

The family gathers to say their final goodbyes, with cremation occuring after their time with their loved one.


Direct Cremation

The cremation is scheduled at the earliest convenience of the family without any ceremony or gathering. Viewing of your loved one is still available with this option.

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Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service & Crematory
Phone: 406.587.3184  |  Toll-Free: 800.587.3184  |  Fax: 406.587.3185
113 S. Willson Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715

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