Online Preplan Checklist: The Easiest Way to Protect Your Family

After helping many Milwaukeeans plan a funeral for a loved one, families will oftentimes talk with our staff at Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service about what they would want at their own funeral.

Some have strong opinions about the songs, Scriptures, and stories they want included. Others describe a particular keepsake they would like each guest to receive, such as a favorite flower or a beloved quote printed on a bookmark. Many more mention a reception, as they want their friends and family to enjoy a meal and one another’s company.

It’s not unusual to view a funeral as a type of reunion; an opportunity to visit with family who may not get together often. From the food served to the final resting place and everything that happens in between, a funeral can be an unforgettable healing experience.

More Milwaukeeans than ever are making note of their preferences so they know their tribute will be carried out their way. Our Planning Checklist makes this process easy. When you handle the details outlined on the checklist ahead of time, you protect your family from having to make decisions while under stress.

After all, family members are faced with countless tasks to take care of in a short period of time following a death. Here is a sampling of what’s featured on our Planning Checklist:



  • doctor or coroner
  • relatives
  • friends
  • funeral home
  • employer 

Accurate information of:

  • birthplace
  • career
  • social security number
  • date and place of birth, citizenship
  • parents’ full names and maiden names

Location of:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage license
  • veteran’s discharge papers
  • death certificate
  • insurance policies

Choice of:

  • clothing, undergarments, shoes
  • jewelry
  • final placement of jewelry
  • burial or cremation
  • open or closed casket

Location, date, time and agenda of:

  • private family viewing
  • visitation
  • funeral/memorial
  • burial
  • post-funeral gathering and menu

Funding of:

  • professional services
  • musicians
  • flowers
  • transportation
  • reception

We encourage everyone to put their wishes down on paper by meeting with our staff, or using our online planning form. Your funeral will be your final send off. What impression do you want to leave? What stories do you want to share? What words, songs, or memories do you want your loved ones to take with them after the service is over?

If you’re ready to get started on your prearrangements, we can meet with you at one of our four Milwaukee locations. If you’re ready to get started right now, you can begin the planning process online from the comfort of home. Remember that we are always here to make life easier for you and your family.