Downing & Lahey offers two fully licensed crematories,and was the first Kansas funeral home to offer cremation services in 1958.Currently, Kansas State Law requires all crematory operators to be licensed bythe state, we have nine licensed crematory operators.

Simply put, cremation isthe process of reducing the body to bone fragments through the application ofintense heat. The practice dates back to ancient times, and is becoming widelyaccepted in the United States and Canada as a common form of final disposition.


At Downing & Lahey Mortuary and Crematory, we offer two on-site crematories at our east facility. Many funeral homes use other facilities to provide this service. We feel this is very important to our families to know and have the assurance that we personally handle the cremation services from the initial call through the entire cremation process. This is just one more way we offer the most personalized service available in the Wichita area.

Cremation Viewing Room

In addition to our crematories, we also offer one of the areas only cremation viewing rooms. Depending on a family’s personal or religious belief, they are able to conduct their religious ceremony or spend some time in our viewing room to help with closure.

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