5 Unique Ways We Support Families After a Loss

“A family is a little world created by love.” – Unknown

This quote perfectly sums up the way we feel about our family atmosphere at Krause Funeral Homes. We remain a family-operated funeral home in every sense of the word, as we serve our neighbors at four locations throughout Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin.

President Mark Krause grew up coming to the funeral home with his siblings and cousins, as his dad and his brothers were the founders. Gregg P. Krause has served as vice president since 1999. Mark’s daughter, Nicole Krause, is a funeral director and manages our Brown Deer Road location, and Jacob Krause, who has served in a variety of roles since 2012, recently became a licensed funeral director after graduating from the Mortuary Science Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Even the Krause family’s pet contributes, as their Portuguese waterdog, Bennie, has been trained by Mark’s wife, Joan, to be a certified grief therapy dog.

Families trust us to arrange every detail of their loved one’s funeral, burial, or cremation. We listen and we care, and our decades of professional experience helps us highlight each person’ unique personality at the funeral – and help you on the road to healing.

Our family takes this support role very seriously, as we understand firsthand how stressful, sad, and challenging it is to lose a loved one. There are many ways we come alongside the families we serve, and we’ve highlighted a few of them here:

  1. Support for Seniors: Educational Classes & Events

Krause keeps current listings of senior centers and organizations, helpful websites, volunteer opportunities and much more on hand. We do not receive commission from the recommended organizations. Krause Funeral Homes also sponsors, co-sponsors and participates in educational classes and events throughout the year.

  1. Resources to Help you Heal

With strong ties to our community, Krause has the most comprehensive list of current support groups for Southeastern Wisconsin. We have organized them by location (city or county) and needs (i.e. young widower, suicide, Alzheimer’s, etc.). Our website features the following on our Grief Services page:

  • Support Groups
  • Senior Resources
  • Health Care Resources
  • Organizational Partners
  • Housing Resources 
  1. Interactive Grief Support

Our Guiding Grief Interactive Video will help you know you’re not alone. The video provides immediate support, guiding you through steps to help you find answers to many questions about grief and suggestions for your own healing or help with someone else’s healing. Gain an understanding and acceptance of how necessary the process is, and know that you will get through it.

  1. Annual Remembrance Program

Families who come to Krause receive an invitation to our annual program conducted by one of our celebrants. At the end of each year before what can be a difficult holiday season, we host a gathering for all the families we have served to receive a message of hope and honor those who have been lost.

  1. Certified Grief Therapy Dog

We know people cope with loss in different ways, and every day we talk with those who are feeling stunned, sad, and lonely due to the death of a loved one. Of course, we do what we can to offer support, but our grief therapy dog, Bennie, provides comfort in ways other people simply can’t. He brings instant serenity into heartbreaking situations. Bennie is a Portuguese Water Dog with big brown eyes and a joyful spirit whose presence is available by request at a service or visitation or in an arrangements office.

From the moment you contact us, our Krause family provides full care and attention so you can focus on what matters most in life: your own family. Reach out to us anytime with questions or to learn more about the support we offer.