• A Tribute to Veterans
    Posted: 05/13/2020

    Today is the day we set aside to honor American veterans – those valiant soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen of the U.S. Armed Forces – who all share a dedication to the defense of freedom. For generations, veterans have honored us with this sacrifice, and so all of us here at Downing & …
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  • When your Family Needs Help, Trust Our Family
    Posted: 05/06/2020

    “The family is one of nature’s masterpieces,” said Spanish philosopher George Santayana. It may sound like a cliché, but for good reason: Family is important. No matter what your family looks like—big or small, from the same genetic tree or related by choice—these are the people who share the highs and lows of life with …
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  • 5 Tips for Helping Grieving Teens
    Posted: 04/13/2020

    Grief is overwhelming at any age, but the death of a loved one can be especially tough for teenagers, who are already dealing with the ups and downs of adolescence. Our staff at Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory has a lot of experience planning funeral arrangements with families, and we realize trying to make …
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  • Our Advice on Talking to Kids About COVID-19
    Posted: 04/08/2020

    Our Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory staff has 107 years of experience walking through difficult times with those in our community. This includes having conversations with children about illness, tragedy, and death. When East and West Wichita families walk through our doors, they depend on us for encouragement during challenging moments; right now is …
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  • 5 Ways to Relieve Loneliness During a Quarantine
    Posted: 04/08/2020

    All across East and West Wichita, people are spending their days inside waiting for the end of the COVID-19 crisis. Here at Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory, we are doing our best to serve our community during this time of uncertainty. We know that many of you are separated from family, friends, and neighbors. …
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  • Creating a Meaningful Tribute on a Budget
    Posted: 04/06/2020

    At Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory, it’s our privilege to serve people from all faiths, cultural backgrounds, and walks of life. It does not matter what your needs or budget are, because we are going to help you craft a service that is memorable and personal. They say the best things in life are …
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  • Self-Care During a Crisis is a Must
    Posted: 03/18/2020

    The year 2020 is not going as planned. As COVID-19 travels across the globe, it is natural to feel heightened anxiety, disappointment, and stress. The coming days and weeks are unknown, and the unknown can be frightening. It’s important to heed local and national health guidelines, and practice self-care to make sure you are maintaining …
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  • How Our Funeral Home is Managing Coronavirus
    Posted: 03/17/2020

    As a cornerstone in this community, and as leaders during times of tragedy and uncertainty, let us assure you that your family’s health and safety is our number one priority. Many of you have reached out asking how our funeral home is ensuring that our community is safe at funerals. We are closely monitoring the …
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  • Surviving the Winter Blues
    Posted: 02/19/2020

    Even living in the beautiful state of Kansas, the winter months can get a little hard and maybe even depressing, as the days get shorter and the temperature dips. This can be even more true if you’ve recently lost a loved one. At Downing & Lahey Mortuaries & Crematory, we know how important it is …
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  • Four of the Most Popular Personalization Options
    Posted: 02/04/2020

    At Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory, one of the questions we are often asked is, “How can I make the service for my loved one feel more personal?” This is a question our experienced team welcomes from the East and West Wichita families we serve, knowing how much a meaningful service can help their …
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  • Why Wouldn’t You Preplan Your Funeral?
    Posted: 01/13/2020

    Most of us don’t like to think about our own mortality – let alone plan for it. Sure, we make arrangements for other events in life. Think of the planning involved when you make a major purchase or organize a vacation or party. Not to mention the thought and time you invest thinking (and, perhaps, …
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  • Tips for Improving Your Life in 2020
    Posted: 01/06/2020

    Life can be broken down into many chapters, and 2020 is the perfect opportunity to start a brand new one. But let’s shake things up a bit and take the focus off resolutions. After all, studies show that less than 10 percent of those who make resolutions manage to stick them for more than a …
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  • Our Family Serving Yours
    Posted: 12/10/2019

    Family-owned funeral homes, such as Downing & Lahey build their reputation by delivering on their promises. For us, this means surpassing expectations as we serve our neighbors in East and West Wichita. Our family has owned and operated Downing & Lahey since 1913. We realize our neighbors trust our expert staff to walk alongside them during some of life’s …
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  • Creative Ways to Memorialize with Cremation
    Posted: 12/05/2019

    When considering cremation in place of a traditional burial, some Wichita-area families might assume the variety of services is more limited and even impersonal – but this couldn’t be further from the truth when you choose Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory. More people in Kansas than ever are choosing cremation, and if it’s your …
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  • Expressing Gratitude During Difficult Times
    Posted: 11/19/2019

    What we do at Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory gives us a unique perspective into how valuable life is – and also how challenging it can be. As we help our neighbors in East and West Wichita plan funerals, visitations, and receptions, we see the overwhelming love people have for each other, as well …
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  • We Are Proud to Fly the Flag for Our Veterans
    Posted: 11/08/2019

    As we consider the young men and women who have fought for our freedom throughout the years, whether overseas or protecting our borders at home, the words “You’re a grand ole’ flag, you’re a high-flying flag” take on special meaning. As Americans – and as people from Wichita, Kansas – our entire team at Downing & Lahey …
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  • Empowering Those at the End of Their Lives Through Preplanning
    Posted: 10/24/2019

    People can be a little unsettled by a discussion about death, but it’s so important that end-of-life discussions happen within all Wichita families, as well as between a family or individual and a trusted funeral home. From our experience at Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory, making prearrangements can be particularly beneficial mentally and emotionally …
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  • The Top 4 Questions to Ask a Cremation Provider
    Posted: 10/09/2019

    While cremation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for families in Wichita, it’s important to remember this: Not all cremation providers are equal. Scandals in the media have caused many to be leery of cremation, and rightfully so. On top of that, the choice to cremate can involve personal, religious, or societal beliefs. In some …
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  • How Much Does a Funeral Cost?
    Posted: 09/23/2019

    For many families, the need to plan a funeral comes unexpectedly. Complex arrangement decisions must be made during what is often a difficult time, and the cost of funeral services plays a large role in this planning process. Not surprisingly, most people are under the impression that funeral services cost more than they really do. …
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  • What Should I Send? And Other Funeral Etiquette Tips
    Posted: 09/09/2019

    When someone dies, it is often difficult to know how to show your support to the loved one’s family. Of course, you know they are probably feeling sad, shocked, overwhelmed, angry – or any combination of these emotions. What might help you when you are feeling that way may not be the same for them. …
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  • Four Tips When It’s Time to Care for an Aging Parent
    Posted: 08/21/2019

    There is good news to share on the current health of our country: Americans are living longer than ever before.  With that news comes a caveat, in that longer life spans confront us with new, and often daunting, challenges…especially when it comes to caring for an aging family member. Sometimes, crisis strikes suddenly and responsibility …
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  • What Family Ownership Means for You
    Posted: 08/14/2019

    Since Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory opened our doors over a century ago, our entire team has been committed to serving the families of East and West Wichita during some of their most difficult moments. It’s not just a job for us; it truly is our calling. Every day, you hear about more and …
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  • Reconnecting with Life After a Loss
    Posted: 07/23/2019

    It’s quite usual, and normal for people who have suffered a loss to go into a kind of isolation. It’s common to feel tremendous sorrow and dislocation even long after the funeral service is over. The normal routines of life have been cruelly interrupted. At Downing & Lahey, we have witnessed this pain first hand. …
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  • The Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee: Why It Matters for You
    Posted: 07/09/2019

    While it’s not right for everyone, all across the country, more people than ever are selecting cremation, with cremation rates expected to reach nearly 79% by 2035. Families in East and West Wichita and all of Sedgwick County are no exception, with many opting for cremation due to convenience, greater religious acceptance, matters of finance, …
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  • The Many Ways to Personalize a Loved One’s Farewell
    Posted: 06/18/2019

    For many of the families we serve in East and West Wichita and the surrounding Sedgwick County communities, a memento of a loved one can be incredibly comforting in the days and months following a death. With many memorial items to choose from at Downing & Lahey, you are sure to find something that represents …
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  • “Mommy, when is Grandma coming back?”— Explaining Death to Children
    Posted: 06/11/2019

    Knowing what to say to children when a loved one dies can be a challenge. Many East and West Wichita families have approached our team at ­­­­Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory over the years wondering about the “best” ways to handle such a complex and emotional topic. In our work helping families plan funerals …
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  • Social Media Do’s and Don’ts: 4 Tips to Know Before You Post
    Posted: 05/23/2019

    Social media has enriched our lives in a lot of different ways. We’ve all heard the stories about the high school sweethearts who reconnected on Facebook and lived happily ever. And many of us who live here in East and West Wichita have loved ones spread across the country with whom we are able to …
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  • What Does It Mean to Be Patriotic?
    Posted: 05/13/2019

    When our country is in peril, Americans – and especially those from East and West Wichita and other parts of Kansas – are quick to rally to her aid. When we’ve been attacked, our men and women fight with uncommon valor. During times of crisis, our patriotic emotions are there for all to see. We …
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  • Top Three Myths About Preplanning
    Posted: 04/22/2019

    In life, we are almost always planning ahead for our future. Planning toward a personal goal or planning for the next phase of life. The Wichita families we serve here at Downing & Lahey are particularly goal-oriented. We set a plan so we can know where we’re headed. Planning relieves stress and answers many questions …
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  • How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful
    Posted: 04/15/2019

    Years ago, there was one factor that kept many Wichita families from considering cremation when they were planning a funeral. People believed that if they chose cremation, they could not have a funeral service that was meaningful and told the story of their loved one’s life. Of course, this is not true.  Funeral traditions are …
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  • Announcing Our New Blog!
    Posted: 03/28/2019

    Welcome to the new Downing & Lahey blog! If this is your first time stopping by, we hope you’ll spend some time getting to know us, including the many ways we can serve Wichita families. We’re so excited about the opportunity to interact with our friends and neighbors through this blog and on our vibrant …
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