Can Cremated Remains Be Divided (and Other Cremation Questions)?

While our care team here at Krause Funeral Homes has extensive knowledge about cremation, we realize this is not the norm. In fact, most families who meet with us at our funeral homes in Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin know very little about various end-of-life options – and usually have a lot of questions.

We’re here to give you all the information you need about funeral, burial, and cremation, and do so with tremendous compassion and understanding. We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one and want Milwaukeeans to know you have our support before, during, and after the funeral is over. This includes assisting those who want to put their own funeral plans in writing. This simple process, which can be done in person at any of our four locations or online, puts you in control so you can express your preferences while removing that responsibility from your loved ones. Everyone benefits!

As you read these questions and answers, remember that Krause Funeral Homes is here to help you every step of the way, as you make decisions for yourself or on behalf of someone you love.

Q: Can cremated remains be divided?

A: Yes – and there are several options when it comes to what to do with the remains. Some could be placed in a beautiful decorative urn, memorial keepsakes, or made into remembrance jewelry. We can also help arrange a final resting place for the remains, such as burial or interment in a mausoleum or cremation niche. If scattering is your choice, we can help you determine local and state regulations, as well as plan a meaningful memorial.

Q: My mother asked us to scatter her cremated remains in the pond on the farm where she grew up, but our family no long owns the farm. Is this legal?

A: Scattering can be held anywhere as long as it is permitted by local regulations. Krause Funeral Homes can help facilitate scattering discussions with the proper authorities.

Q: I’ve read about a number of cremation scandals in the news and it’s left me feeling a little unsure about cremation. How do I know I can trust you as a cremation provider?

A: There are many steps we take to make sure the families we serve know they can trust us without hesitation. First, we own and operate our own crematory, so you’ll know your loved one never leaves the care of our professional staff. Unlike other funeral homes and cremation societies who outsource cremation to third-party providers, your loved one is always with us. Next, we offer the Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee, which includes a strict 10-step process we adhere to so families know exactly what to expect. These steps ensure that your loved one is treated with dignity and respect – always. Finally, as a family-owned funeral home and crematory that has been helping Milwaukeeans for over 80 years, you can trust our long-standing reputation – and our integrity.

Q: I want to be cremated, but I know how important it is to my family to have a funeral service as well. Is this possible?

A: Definitely. Some people think if they are cremated, they cannot have a funeral. That is not the case. Families want to tell the story of their loved one’s life and pay tribute in a meaningful way, and Krause Funeral Home provides many avenues to do so. A visitation, video tribute, live music, reception, and more are all available to families who choose cremation.

If you have other questions – or if you want to know more about any of our answers above – please reach out to us anytime. We’ve been helping Milwaukee- area families for decades and would be honored to assist you during your time of need.


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