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Mac McKinsey
June 1, 1920 ~
May 06, 2019
Date of Service: June 27, 2019


Julie Gossack
August 2, 1969 ~
June 20, 2019
Date of Service: June 28, 2019


Eris 'Bea' Black
December 11, 1922 ~
February 04, 2019
Date of Service: June 29, 2019


Marcia Woodland
August 7, 1932 ~
June 20, 2019


Arthur "Lee" Smith
January 13, 1947 ~
June 19, 2019


Sandra Harris
October 10, 1944 ~
June 18, 2019


Jack Burns
October 27, 1926 ~
June 12, 2019


Sally Van Delinder
May 17, 1962 ~
June 12, 2019


Richard 'Dick' Walker
April 9, 1927 ~
June 11, 2019


Louis Richard Spain
March 31, 1940 ~
June 11, 2019


 

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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Family Feedback
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"Thank you for all your help and support during the death of my mother.  I was very impressed with your staff throughout this difficult process.  With your help we were able to say good-bye to our mother in a very meaningful way.  Our loss is still so new, but our thanks to you for the care you showed."

~ Lisa F.
 
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