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 grief process as well as continue the narrative of their loved one’s life.
When you come to Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory for a memorial service, funeral, visitation, or even reception, there are many unique touches we can weave throughout the event. And the personalization options don’t have to be overwhelming. We will be there to help you identify the options that work best for your family and tell the story of your loved one’s life.
Here are some popular ideas to get your imagination working:
Create a video tribute
One of the best ways to personalize a visitation or service is by creating a video tribute. Many of our families find memorial videos to be one of the most healing and special moments of the funeral service. At Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory, our professional staff can put together a meaningful video tribute composed of your favorite pictures. A great tribute video can be a wonderful and engaging way to remember someone. Extra copies are available as a keepsake, so guests can even take home a video to play time and again in order to remember the beautiful moments that were shared.
Share personal stories or anecdotes
Including touching stories or anecdotes during the service or even reception is another special way to honor your loved one. You may wish to speak to your guests yourself, designate a friend or family member to speak, or choose a member of the clergy to share those personal stories. You might consider a customized funeral program featuring a photo, a favorite story or poem, and a special message to those who attend. No matter how you wish to share these stories, the Downing & Lahey Mortuaries and Crematory team can assist you in bringing them to life to share with all who attend.
Music can lend a moving touch to any service but personalizing your music choices can make the service even more meaningful. You may wish to choose a song or artist that meant a lot to your loved one. Perhaps there is a song with lyrics that are particularly appropriate for you and your family. Allow us to assist you with choosing and playing music before, during, or after your visitation or service in remembrance of the person who has died.
Offer refreshment or a complete reception
Taking the time to allow friends and family to come together in remembrance is one way to add another layer of meaning and warmth to a funeral or visitation. Offering simple snacks and drinks or a complete sit-down dinner can be a wonderful way to make friends and family feel cared for and welcome. You can also choose to share a favorite food of your loved one or offer a poignant toast.