The Many Ways to Personalize a Loved One's Farewell

The Many Ways to Personalize a Loved One’s Farewell


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 your loved one.


For friends and family who had a loved one who served in the military, you may want to purchase a flag display frame. The display frame encases the folded flag given to you by the branch of service your loved one served in and gives you a unique way to honor your loved one and to preserve the flag. The experienced staff at Downing & Lahey will be able to craft the most honorable farewell for your veteran friend or family member.


Bookmarks can be handed out to friends and family members to mark favorite Bible verses or poems. We also offer seeds, a chance to watch something beautiful grow out of your loved one’s memory.


A memory table is a great way to enhance a service and also provides a way for future generations to relate to the life lived.  Pictures and personal possessions can bring the story to life and serve as a remembrance for future generations.


One unique way to keep and share cremated remains is to transform them into a jewelry keepsake. We partner with LegacyTouch Keepsakes, a company that creates wonderful pieces of jewelry featuring your loved ones’ fingerprint. Some pieces in their collection allow you to place cremated remains inside of the jewelry.


When it comes time to plan a farewell for your loved one, the compassionate and knowledgeable staff at Downing & Lahey will help you create a service that honors their memory and pays tribute to their culture, values, hobbies, and accompishments.


If you choose to make your own prearrangements with Downing & Lahey, these are decisions you can make for yourself. From top to bottom, you can craft your own service and choose the memorialization items that are right for you. Reach out to us any time to learn about preplanning as well as all of the memorial options and personalization aspects we can offer you and your family.

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