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Grief Has No Timetable

After a death occurs, many people ask themselves questions like these: “How long will I feel this way?” “Why does it seem like my loved ones aren’t sad anymore – but I still feel so awful?” “How is the world carrying on as usual when my life has turned upside down?” In our personal experiences…

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5 Things You Need to Know About Hospice Care

When it comes to end-of-life issues, many families don’t know what’s involved – until their loved one is nearing death. Every day at Krause Funeral Homes, we meet with Milwaukeeans who are planning a funeral, cremation, or burial while in a state of shock and grief. They weren’t aware of the details that go into…

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3 Commons Misconceptions About Preplanning

If you’re like many Milwaukeeans, you’ve attended a funeral – only to find yourself thinking about your own funeral in the days that followed. Or maybe you’ve heard a friend talk about how they put their own funeral arrangements in writing, but you haven’t taken the steps to do so yourself. Some of the families…

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Why You Should Have a Funeral (Even if You Don’t Want One)

See if you can relate to this line of thinking: “After I die, I don’t want a funeral, visitation, or memorial service of any kind. I want to be cremated and for that to be the end of it.” A surprising number of Milwaukeeans we meet with here at Krause Funeral Homes have expressed this…

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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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