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Services & Obituaries
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Perry Moore
December 21, 1927 ~
May 19, 2017


Susan Williams
October 25, 1950 ~
May 17, 2017


Verna Holen
December 2, 1931 ~
May 17, 2017


James Chapman III
May 27, 1938 ~
May 17, 2017


Glenna Garrett
October 24, 1924 ~
May 16, 2017


Edmond Van Mullem
October 9, 1931 ~
May 15, 2017


Richard Andriolo
August 15, 1939 ~
May 12, 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; 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
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"Thank you for your caring and efficient service on the death of my husband.  I appreciated your handling of the necessary, but tedious paperwork that accompanies every death.  It was a relief to me to leave those details in your capable hands."

 
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PRE-PLANNING: YOUR FINAL GIFT
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 ~ 2pm or 6:30pm ~ Grantree Inn

Compassus Bereavement Support Group
9 Weeks:  Starts 3/07/17, 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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