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, and fewer adherences to family traditions. But it’s important to realize that not all cremation providers are trustworthy. One only needs to follow the news to learn about the devastating consequences a negligent cremation provider can inflict on a family.
When it comes to cremation and the many other services we offer here at Downing & Lahey, our primary goal is providing complete peace of mind for every family who walks through our doors. What’s more, our caring staff realizes there is an extra layer of trust needed when cremation is chosen instead of traditional burial.
When you entrust your loved one to a funeral home or other provider for cremation, you have to know the staff will treat your family member or friend with dignity and respect throughout the whole process. You also have to have the confidence that the cremated remains returned to you are truly those of your loved one.
That is why we are committed to doing everything possible to ensure your peace of mind.
- We own and operate our own crematory. Many other cremation providers outsource cremation to third-party providers, but we observe the entire process from beginning to end. We also make sure our equipment is maintained meticulously, and that only licensed, trained staff members complete the cremation.
- We are the only funeral provider in Sedgwick County to offer a 10-step cremation process backed by the exclusive Cremation with Confidence™ guarantee. This trademarked process means your loved one never leaves our care from the moment they arrive at our funeral home, through the cremation process, to the return of their cremated remains to you. Because we own our own crematory, we can make sure the ten steps are followed to the letter.
- To bring families added comfort, we invite loved ones to tour our facility and inspect the equipment at any time.
- Just because you choose cremation, it doesn’t mean you should forego having a visitation, personalized funeral or memorial service, and even traditional burial, should you choose. We have the options you need to plan the most healing farewell, even if cremation is your choice.
With our heritage in the community, the satisfaction of our neighbors is our highest priority. It all comes down to trust, and it’s our hope that your family will reach out to us with your funeral and cremation needs when the time comes.