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FAQs About Virtual Arranging

More Milwaukeeans than ever are reaching out to us here at Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service asking about their options for making funeral arrangements during the pandemic. Even as the world has turned upside-down, families still want to participate in planning a final farewell for their loved ones who have died, and to take…

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3 Preplanning Mistakes to Avoid 

Time and time again, we hear from Milwaukeeans who’ve had this experience: After attending a funeral for a loved one, they decide it would be a good idea to express their preferences for their own funeral. After all, it’s common to have more opinions about your own end-of-life tribute than you might expect. Opinions about…

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Meaningful Ways to Offer Support After a Loss

At Krause Funeral Homes, we often hear stories like this one: “After my husband died, there was an outpouring of support. My phone rang and rang. I had meals dropped on my front porch. I received sympathy cards and was able to catch up with friends and family at the funeral. But then . .…

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Why Gratitude is Important for the New Year

The Greek storyteller Aesop once said, “Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” A French proverb reads, “Gratitude is the heart’s memory.”  Philosopher Epictetus said, “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not but rejoices for those which he has.” You can probably sense a theme we…

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Why a Video Tribute Means so Much

It goes without saying that we have a unique privilege of witnessing and being part of countless funerals and memorial services at Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services. Helping families in Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin plan a tribute for their loved one is not only about honoring a life but it’s also a valuable…

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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…

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10 Ways to Remember Your Loved One This Holiday Season

Christmastime in Milwaukee is, in a word, magical. Ask anyone in Milwaukee, New Berlin, or Brookfield about their holiday traditions and you’re sure to hear about favorite lights displays, favorite Christmas cookies, a favorite skating rink or theater production (likely virtual this year), favorite shops to visit, and the list goes on. For many, it’s…

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What Sets Krause’s Locations Apart?

Many Milwaukeeans don’t thinking about selecting a funeral home . . . until they need their services. All too often, in a fog of shock and grief, they make a hasty decision feeling pressed for time. Here at Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, we want to remind our friends and neighbors just how important…

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What are Our Options? Alternatives to Traditional Funerals

If a member of our care team asked you what you envision for your own funeral, what would you say? Would it look like other services you have attended, perhaps held in a place of worship or a funeral home? Would you want a formal gathering, solemn in nature, with guests dressed in black? Or…

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When You Don’t Know What to Say at a Visitation

We’ve talked to countless people in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield  over the years who have a story like this one:  My elderly neighbor died last week and I read in her online obituary that there’s a visitation, funeral, and reception this weekend. I cared about my neighbor and want to pay my respects, but…

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