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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage 7: The Celebrating Phase
    The way the grief process unfolds is similar to riding on a rollercoaster. There are many ups and downs, and sometimes the path is unpredictable and full of unexpected twists and turns. At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, it is our  honor to serve families in the San Francisco Bay area and guide them through the process of planning ...
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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage 6: The Reflecting Phase
    When someone we love dies, part of us dies with that person. It’s common to feel adrift, unsure of what to do next, uncertain of how to create a “new normal.” One of the most important steps following a death is taking time to step away and reflect on how life will change going forward. ...
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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage Five: The Connecting Phase
    Italian philosopher Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” This is especially noticeable when facing difficult circumstances in life, like the loss of a loved one. The grief process is unique for every person, yet there are certain stages that are imperative to the healing process. ...
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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage Four: The Gathering Phase
    Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the days and weeks that follow are deeply emotional and highly charged. Life comes to a standstill. Unfamiliar emotions take hold, and the pain can feel suffocating. Here at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, we meet with Bay Area families every day who are in a state of ...
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  • Acute Loss Series #3: The Seeing Phase
    “I can’t believe they’re gone…” If you’ve lost someone you love, you’re probably familiar with that sentiment. Every day at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, our professional team talks with people who are in shock after hearing news of a death. Some San Francisco Bay Area families who come to us to arrange a funeral, burial, ...
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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage Two: The Sharing Phase
    It feels wonderful to share happy news with the special people in our lives. We pick up the phone to tell loved ones about new jobs, engagements, and pregnancies. We post photos on social media of weddings, birthday celebrations, and long-awaited vacations beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. But what happens when something tragic or ...
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  • The Acute Loss Period – Stage One: Hearing Phase
    French poet Molière wrote, “If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble.” It’s no secret that feelings of shock and sadness come on quickly when a loved one dies. You may know this pain firsthand if you’ve lost someone close to you. Here at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, as we’ve helped San Francisco ...
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