How to Make a Cremation Service Meaningful

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 constantly changing and evolving over time, and families are now discovering that cremation is a dignified form of commemoration, when you choose an experienced funeral home that cares about your family.

As traditions change, Downing & Lahey is always developing new and meaningful ways to honor and memorialize the life that was lived. Attitudes, generally, toward what is “appropriate” during a funeral have broadened, and that means we can offer families new personalized choices and unique forms of tribute and remembrance. However, families who have lost a loved one sometimes find these choices overwhelming. We can help. The best place to start is by making a list of your loved one’s interests, hobbies, accomplishments, as well as faith and cultural traditions.

In the past, some people viewed cremation as only a way to save money on funeral costs. It’s true that direct cremation is available with no memorial service and no tribute to the person who has died. But now, families who do choose cremation are discovering that dignified and touching services are available to help them honor and celebrate their loved one. Many experts say it’s also an important step in the grieving process. When you choose cremation, you may still have a visitation, memorial service, traditional funeral service, graveside observance, and many other comforting and healing rituals. And you can personalize cremation services with vaults, caskets, and urns that bear emblems and engravings denoting religious affiliation, hobbies, special interests, and/or military or civic service.

When you choose cremation, ask these important questions: What kind of memorial services are available? What are the choices for personalization and telling the story of the life that has been lived?  And most importantly, what measures does the funeral home take to guard the dignity of the cremation process? At Downing & Lahey, we recognize that trust is essential when it comes to your cremation provider. We are the only cremation provider in Sedgwick County to offer the exclusive Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee. We pledge to abide by a strict ethical code and follow an exclusive 10-step cremation process, offering you the ultimate peace of mind. And since we have our own on-site crematories, your loved one never leaves our care. As you consider your options and think about how you would like to honor and celebrate your loved one, remember that you can always trust our family to care for your family.