At Hales Corners Lutheran, we know how difficult it is to lose a loved one. You are not alone on this journey, we are here to walk with you. We will work closely with you and your family throughout your planning to honor your loved one’s life on Earth as well as their eternal life in Heaven. We’ve included some planning information below, but please reach out to Erica Wolfe at 414-529-6700 with any questions you may have.

"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep." (1 Thessalonians 4:13–14 ESV)

Personalize Your Loved One’s Service

We will set up a family meeting with the Pastor of your choosing to talk about your loved one and plan their service. Many families enjoy personalizing certain aspects of the service to reflect who their loved one was, things like:

  • Music selection – incorporating a favorite song, arranging to have their favorite instrument

  • Bible verses – including Bible verses that were cherished by your loved one

Visitation Timing

Our primary role is to support you and your family during this difficult time. We will work with you and coordinate with the funeral home to schedule your loved one’s service and visitation. Your preferences, family size and factors like long-distance family should all be considered when determining the visitation timing.


In addition to floral arrangements, families find it comforting to incorporate photos and other personal mementos into their loved one’s visitation. We do our best to accommodate the display of personal items that honor a loved one’s interests, vocation, hobbies or favorite items. Families are also welcome to display photos and photo boards.


We offer the option to have refreshments, liked baked goods and coffee, in the Atrium following the service.

For More Information

If you have any questions or you would like to begin making arrangements, please contact Erica Wolfe at 414-529-6700.