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Why Funeral Flowers Have Stood the Test of Time

Back in the 1950s, archaeologist Dr. Ralph Solecki discovered burial sites in a cave in northern Iraq with pollen and flower fragments dating back over 60,000 years.[1] This suggested that the dead were buried with flowers. Why has this custom persevered throughout the ages? Time and time again at Krause Funeral Homes, we’ve seen floral […]

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The Power of a Meaningful Obituary

Have you ever read an obituary that was so heartfelt it moved you to tears? Or how about a light-hearted obituary that perfectly captured someone’s zest for life? After working with so many Milwaukee-area families over the years, our staff at Krause Funeral Homes knows just how powerful these words can be for those who […]

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5 Ways to Show “Milwaukee Love” at Your Funeral

We’re meeting more and more Milwaukeeans who say they don’t want a “typical” funeral. What does this mean? When people come to Krause Funeral Homes to put their funeral arrangements in place ahead of time, they include traditional elements like a visitation, ceremony, and burial – but they also want to integrate as many personal […]

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Are You Grieving or Depressed? Here’s How to Tell the Difference.

Every day, our staff meets with families in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield who have lost a friend or family member. Some arrive at Krause Funeral Homes tired but at peace, having had time to say goodbye and prepare for their loved one’s death. Others have had their world turned upside down and are in […]

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Do I Have to Pay When I Preplan?

“When I die, I don’t want a big to-do. Just cremate me and be done with it.” “When I die, I don’t want a sad funeral. I want a party that celebrates my life!” “When I die, be sure any donations go to my favorite charities. You know what they are.” You may have heard […]

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3 Reasons “Living Funerals” are Gaining Popularity in Milwaukee

Have you ever attended a funeral and had this thought? “My loved one sure would have enjoyed seeing and hearing from all of these friends and family members before they died.” This is a sentiment many Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin families express to our care team at Krause Funeral Homes. As we help plan […]

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The Importance of Staying Healthy While Grieving

Many Milwaukeeans who have lost someone they love find themselves neglecting their health in the days, weeks, and months following the death. Whether it’s skipping doctor visits, spending extra time on the couch due to fatigue, or forgetting to take medications, the reality is that grief can have a profound impact on physical and mental […]

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5 Beloved Milwaukee Christmas Traditions

Christmas in Milwaukee is enchanting, and it’s no surprise with the numerous events and festivities that take place around the city this time of year. Many on our Krause Funeral Homes care team who grew up in Milwaukee have fond childhood memories from decades past. Who else remembers ice skating at Mayfair Mall’s “Ice Chalet”? […]

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Why More Milwaukeeans Than Ever are Choosing Cremation

Being part of the Milwaukee landscape for more than 80 years has given our Krause Funeral Home staff a unique perspective on the end-of-life choices that families make. Not long ago, many of our Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin friends and neighbors followed this tradition: After a death, loved ones would host a visitation, a […]

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What to Do When Families Disagree on Final Wishes

When it comes to planning funerals, cremations, and burials, scenarios like these are more common than you might think: “Twenty years ago, my Dad told me he did not want a funeral. He died recently, and my sister wants to have a service for him anyway. I think we should honor Dad’s wishes. We cannot […]

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