• 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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