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 would you prefer a more celebratory tone, featuring your favorite music and a reception held afterward that includes your favorite foods and drinks?

At Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, we specialize in helping families say goodbye their way. This could involve a visitation, church service, and reception, or something entirely different. No matter your preferences, we can make it happen. Consider these alternatives to a traditional funeral.

Hold a memorial service led by a certified celebrant. While we enjoy serving many people of faith, some of our families either do not attend a place of worship regularly, or for whatever reason, do not want to have a religious funeral service. Our celebrants are trained to create the most meaningful farewells through incorporating unique aspects that define who your loved one was. They are the perfect alternative for those who do not have a member of the clergy to perform their service.

We have a library of resources at our fingertips here at Krause, including:

  • Readings
  • Special music
  • Poetry
  • Ceremonies
  • Eulogies

These resources give our celebrants the tools they need to become experts at creating a personalized tribute that truly tells either your loved one’s story, or your own, if you choose to preplan.

Hold a green burial or cremation. This option is perfect for those who want to make the smallest impact on the environment as possible through the conservation of natural resources and the use of environmentally-friendly materials. The processes followed also tend to be healthier for the funeral service providers themselves.

Our experienced team at Krause Funeral Homes can help you plan a green burial or cremation  for yourself or someone you love, including making available to you a number of “green” casket and urn options. These caskets and urns are made of products like pine or wicker, as they are often produced in a more environmentally-conscious way and biodegrade more easily.

Hold a celebration of life. This style of tribute is more than a service – it’s designed to be an experience. Decorate our reception room with his beloved Green Bay green and gold, serve all of her favorite desserts, maybe you’d prefer a chic cocktail reception, or appetizers with your favorite selection of beer and soda (Krause is the first funeral home in Wisconsin to obtain a state license to offer in-house catering facilities, including beer and wine).

We can host an event at our facility or coordinate a reception at a special location. Whether you want a full meal or specialized bar service, indoors or outdoors, catered or homemade, our professional event planners can create a one-of-a-kind event celebrating your loved one.

Whatever your final wishes, our staff will be sure to help you arrange a personalized, affordable service. That’s what we’re here for, serving Milwaukee, Brookfield, and New Berlin families any way we can. Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more.

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