Emily Nelson

I am the Founder and CEO of a company called Be a Tree Cremation. We return people back to the earth after they die, by using an eco-friendly cremation process called water cremation.

I’m a Colorado Native, originally from the Western Slope.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
My both sides of my family have lived in the Grand Junction area for several generations. I’m getting married this spring to a wonderful man from Texas, and we’re officially merging our family of 2 dogs and 1 cat!

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do?
I started on the marketing team at a large healthcare system and then moved into corporate death care. I’ve always been intrigued by the way people make decisions during difficult times – from healthcare to deathcare . Understanding and connecting with people on a deep level is what I love most about this work.

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Linger (because it used to be a Mortuary and they have amazing food!) and Tacos Tequila Whisky have to be two of my favorites.

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
I’ve lived and worked in Denver for 4 years, in Colorado for many more.

Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in our community?
So many! One of the most inspiring is Laura Rust of Big Power Yoga. She has cultivated an amazing community and they have been incredible support to many during the pandemic.

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
I’d go to a bustling cafe in Paris or Rome. I wouldn’t even want to be with a big group. I’d just sit there with a glass of wine and a book, overhearing parts of conversations I know nothing about, observing everyone’s clothes and style. What I’ve been missing the most during the pandemic is being alone in a crowded place.

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Interstellar is amazing. I have several go-to shows. I love Twin Peaks, The Golden Girls, and anything in the True Crime genre.

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Take some time to accept your mortality through books, meditation, movies, etc. I promise that big risk will seem a lot more important to take.

Q: What is something on your bucket list?
See the Northern Lights.

Q: What is your go to band when you cant decide what to listen to?
Alt-J

Q: What current or former local business makes you the most nostalgic about our community?
Casa Bonita (Don’t tease me, I came from a small town.)

Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
We have a pretty badass history in terms of people forging their own way. We attracted people like Molly Brown and Nicolas Tesla and have always kind of had a live and let live attitude.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
I hope to be living in the mountains on land where we plant memorial trees to honor our ancestors and conduct natural burials.

Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
I can’t think of anything I’m an open book to those close to me!

Q: What is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
I’d have to say Iceland.

Q: Favorite month? favorite holiday? and best single day on the calendar?
June (me and a bunch of my people have birthdays that month). Christmas. Friday the 13th.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
Beyond Breakfast Sausage

Q: Who inspires you to be better?
My fiance.

Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
Rain and coffee beans

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Cozy, quiet, bra optional.