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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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Getting Through Your First Holiday Without Your Loved One

November and December are especially difficult months when you’ve lost someone you love. The usual feelings of gratitude and joy surrounding the holidays may be overshadowed by sadness, loneliness, and emptiness – particularly when the death occurred within the last year. Our Krause Funeral Home staff wants to remind all Milwaukeeans who are coping with […]

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5 Ways to Practice Gratitude – Even While Grieving

This time of year can bring about quite a mix of emotions – especially if you’ve lost someone close to you. Holidays add an extra sharpness to grief, as you revisit beloved traditions and rituals without that special person by your side. Our work at Krause Funeral Homes gives us a daily glimpse into the […]

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How to Cope When Someone You Love Dies Unexpectedly

When a friend or family member dies unexpectedly, it is a shock for those left behind. You cling to the hope that a mistake was made. How could someone who meant so much possibly be gone so quickly? You may feel like you’re in a fog when there was no time to say goodbye or […]

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What to Expect When You Arrive at Krause Funeral Home

Even though our care team spends our days helping Milwaukee families at our four locations, we realize many people have never set foot in a funeral home until a loved one dies. The hours and days after losing a friend or family member are sad, stressful, and filled with uncertainties about what’s to come. Rest […]

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