What Does it Mean to Celebrate a Life?

Many of our neighbors in the Milwaukee area have likely attended at least a few funerals that feel formal and somber, as friends and family gather for a service, then reconvene near the gravesite to witness their loved one being laid to rest. Some who are grieving take comfort in these traditions and want the same for their own funeral.

But over the years, our Krause Funeral Homes team has noticed a change in the way many people in Milwaukee, New Berlin, and Brookfield want to be honored after they die. They want the tone to be joyous and celebratory rather than heavy. They want those closest to them to rejoice in their life instead of dwelling on their death.

As you think about planning your own arrangements, or as you turn to us for help in organizing a funeral for a loved one, consider these ways you can celebrate a life in personal and unique way:

Decorations and mementos: Enhance one of our already beautiful facilities in Brookfield or New Berlin, or on Capitol Drive and Brown Deer Road in Milwaukee in a way that reflects interests, hobbies, or passions. Maybe that means incorporating Green Bay green and gold! Did your loved one have a cherished collection? You could display some of these items on a special table or describe why this collection meant so much. Would a theme be appropriate? If your friend or family member enjoyed a particular movie, a specific time in history, or a genre of music, you might ask attendees to dress up to mirror that interest.

Food. At Krause Funeral Homes, we do more than just cater funeral events. We design experiences that truly reflect the individual – including their favorite food and drink. We can host at our facility or coordinate a reception at a special location. Whether you want a full meal featuring a favorite main course, a chic cocktail reception, or a buffet displaying mouthwatering desserts, our professional team can create a one-of-a-kind event celebrating what made your loved one so special.

Activities: This is where preferences and fun interests can really shine. Think about the way your loved one enjoyed spending free time – and celebrate it! For the motorcycle enthusiast, consider a motorcycle procession led by our 19th century-style hearse drawn by a V-twin-powered 3-wheel Harley-Davidson motorcycle. What about a balloon release, where everyone shares a favorite memory before letting go of their balloons? Or a book or food drive for the person who was always thinking of others? With Krause Funeral Homes, the possibilities are endless.

A celebration of life can leave a lasting impact. Reach out to us and let the Krause Funeral Homes family help you with the preplanning process, or work with you to personalize a celebration for your loved one. We’ve been part of Milwaukee County for more than 80 years and have the experience to help with every detail during your moment of need.

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