At Krause Funeral Homes, one of the questions we are often asked is: “How can I make the service for my loved one feel more personal?” This is a question our experienced team welcomes from the Milwaukee-area families we serve, knowing how much a meaningful service can help their grief process as well as continue the narrative of their loved one’s life. When you choose Krause for a memorial service, funeral, visitation, or even reception, there are many unique touches and signature services we can weave throughout the event. And the personalization options don’t have to be overwhelming. We will be there to help you identify the options that work best for your family and tell the story of your loved one’s life.
Here are some popular ideas to get your imagination working:
Include a memory wall or table
One of the best ways to personalize a visitation or service is to display photographs, memorabilia, or service or military awards that illustrate your loved one’slife. Was your dad an avid Packers fan? Including a pennant, helmet, or football within the display of other items may be a good way for you to showcase their sports passion. Perhaps gardening was a special joy for your grandma? Adding decorations or flowers that reflect her green thumb may be just the way to celebrate her talents.
Share personal stories or anecdotes
Including touching stories or anecdotes during the service or even reception is another lovely way to honor your loved one. You may wish to speak to your guests yourself, designate a friend or family member to speak, or choose a member of the clergy to share those personal stories. If you don’t attend church, we can also make our certified celebrants available to you for sharing a eulogy or other reading. You might consider a customized funeral program featuring a photo, a favorite story or poem, and a special message to those who attend. No matter how you wish to share these stories, the Krause team can assist you in bringing them to life to share with all who attend.
Music can lend a moving touch to any service, but personalizing your music choices can make the service even more meaningful. You may wish to choose a song or artist that meant a lot to your loved one. Perhaps there is a song with lyrics that are particularly appropriate for you and your family. Allow us to assist you with choosing and playing music before, during, or after your visitation or service in remembrance of the person who has died.
Offer refreshment or a complete reception
Taking the time to allow friends and family to come together in remembrance is one way to add another layer of meaning and warmth to a funeral or visitation. Offering simple snacks and drinks or a complete sit-down dinner can be a wonderful way to make friends and family feel cared for and welcome. You can also choose to share a favorite food of your loved one or offer a poignant toast. At Krause Funeral Homes, we offer full catering services, large or more intimate rooms, buffet service, as well as beer and wine selections so you can choose the best options for your reception or visitation.
No matter how you choose to personalize your service, know we are always here to answer your questions and meet your wishes in order to create a special tribute to your loved one.