Gathering together after losing someone special is a tradition for many in the Milwaukee area. It’s also an essential step in the grieving process. It’s a time to catch up with family and friends, pay tribute to the person who meant so much, and share stories and memories in their honor. Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service encourages every family to meaningfully celebrate their loved ones who have died. From a visitation before the funeral, to the service itself, to a graveside burial, our caring staff is here to guide you no matter what arrangements your family chooses.
During our 80+ years of serving our neighbors in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield, we’ve seen time and time again how a reception adds an incomparable personal touch to a special day. Receptions provide an opportunity to laugh and cry together, and lean on one another during a difficult time. That kind of support means so much to friends and family alike.
Whether you’re thinking of preplanning your arrangements, or you have a hand in planning a final farewell for someone close to you, consider these ways Krause Funeral Homes can help make a reception extra special:
Serve favorite foods. Everyone’s story is unique – and so is their taste in food and drink. Maybe Grandma used a chocolate cake recipe passed down from her own grandmother. Or maybe Dad enjoyed a particular cocktail every evening. When a family chooses specific foods and/or drinks for a reception, the effect is noticeable, and with us, the possibilities are endless. From a much-loved main course to salads, beverages (including beer and wine), hors d’oeuvres, and desserts, our professional team can work with you to create an event that will fill hearts and stomachs alike.
Provide a keepsake to take home. Handing out a keepsake enables friends and family to hold their loved one close even after the funeral is over. Items can be heart-warming or even humorous. Think of distributing a Christmas ornament that reminds you of your mom’s favorite holiday, a packet of seeds that will grow into your aunt’s signature flower, or a bookmark featuring a Psalm your grandfather could quote from memory. Other options include a favorite candy bar, chewing gum, or another treasured treat. Simple gestures like this add a splash of fun and spark discussion of fond times together.
Include personalized decorations. You may have seen a photo board or slideshow at a funeral you’ve attended. Our staff has additional ideas to engage friends and family using beloved photographs or other decorations. A memory tree encourages those attending to write down a memory or note of encouragement on a leaf, then hang it on an elegantly decorated tree the family can take home with them. Filling a table with framed photos, scrapbooks, and personal items can provide wonderful opportunities for sharing stories and memories. A special centerpiece is another way to reflect a passion or hobby.
In the midst of difficult circumstances, many may hesitate to host a large gathering or take the time to add personal touches to a reception. But we are here for you with every step. If you’re thinking of making your own arrangements or need assistance in planning for a loved one, contact us anytime.