The Importance of Selecting Your Own Final Resting Place


Over the years, many of our friends and neighbors in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield have said the following to our team here at Krause Funeral Homes: “I had never given much thought to my own funeral or burial – until my loved one died. Since then, I’ve thought a lot about what I’d like my final arrangements to look like and where I want to be laid to rest.”

Picturing the details of your final farewell is certainly a normal reaction when saying goodbye to a close friend or family member. After all, there are numerous decisions that need to be made and chances are, you will have opinions about many of them – particularly your final resting place.

This location is where future generations will visit to learn about their ancestors and where loved ones will come on holidays to honor your memory. You want to be sure your final resting place is at a location that is comfortable, beautiful, convenient, and enduring.

Consider these points as you think through your options:

Choosing your final resting place is personal.

The first question to answer is this: Have you thought about whether you would prefer traditional burial or cremation? What about whether you want your final resting place to be above ground in an individual family private mausoleum or a community mausoleum? Or how about in-ground with a traditional headstone, a lawn-level marker, or perhaps a bench, a plaque, or an art piece? There are also those looking for a more “eco-friendly” burial option, using easily biodegradable materials or avoiding chemical preservatives.

Many families want to visit their loved ones after they die, which can impact the location and specifics of a final resting place. If you can think it, we can help you do it, whether you prefer above-ground or in-ground, cremation or a casket, or even both in one space.

There are many options.

We hear from many Milwaukeeans who are surprised to learn about the number of possibilities for burial. There are single lots, companion lots, and estate lots. For those who prefer cremation, a columbarium provides permanent places for loved ones to pay their respects.

When you decide for yourself, your family doesn’t have to guess what you would have wanted.

Too often, we meet with families who have lost someone important to them and want to make sure they make the right decisions on their loved one’s behalf. But when it comes to selecting the final resting place, no one is quite sure where their loved one would have liked to be buried. They have to decide among themselves, and as you can imagine, this doesn’t always go smoothly.

This is why it’s extremely important to make this decision for yourself. After all, you want to be in control rather than leaving your family to decide on your behalf.

By this point, you might be thinking, “I definitely have opinions about what I want my arrangements to look like!” You’re not alone, and that’s why we make planning as streamlined as possible so you can get your wishes in writing. You may be surprised how simple it is to make your pre-arrangements. It starts with a phone call to our team of caring professionals here at Krause Funeral Homes or you can fill out our online form. We’re here to make sure you’re able to tell the story of your life your way.

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