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  • Why Preplanning Should Be One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

    Lose weight. Exercise more. Embrace a new hobby. Almost everyone is familiar with New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you set a unique resolution at the start of each year to welcome more self-improvement into your life. The new year is a great time to put this surge of active, positive energy to use and cross something …
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  • Celebrating MLK Day: Lessons Learned from a True Leader

    Each year, the NorCal MLK Foundation honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting events around San Francisco. From Jan. 10 to 17, 2022, our Bay Area neighbors are invited to participate in several events, including an interreligious symposium, a forum, and a music festival held at Yerba Buena Gardens. A memorial to …
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  • How Different Cultures Celebrate the Holiday Season

    Our friendly staff at Cypress Lawn loves how diverse the Bay Area is. Each year when the holiday season rolls around, our neighbors in San Francisco celebrate in a variety of unique ways. We want to share with you some of the ways different cultures celebrate this oh-so-special time of year. Hanukkah Most people are …
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  • How to Support a Loved One Who Is Grieving During the Holidays

    Experiencing grief at any time of the year is difficult, but it’s especially tough during the holiday season. Seeing family and friends celebrating may make those experiencing loss feel isolated and alone in their grief. Here at Cypress Lawn, our compassionate staff supports our neighbors across San Francisco and the Bay Area during all stages …
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  • History Feature: The Veterans Laid to Rest at Cypress Lawn

    Every year, November 11th offers our neighbors in the Bay Area an opportunity to honor military service members from all walks of life. Each Veterans Day, our professional staff at Cypress Lawn commemorates this federal holiday by remembering those who made sacrifices to defend our country. In honor of Veterans Day, we’re sharing details about …
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  • The Most Frequently Asked Questions We Receive About Funerals

    A funeral can look very different, depending on where you live in the world. Many cultures across the globe take their own unique approaches to death-related ceremonies and traditions. For example, when someone dies in Mexico, family and friends often attend a vigil, offer prayers and gifts, and share a meal together. In the densely …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World

    VOLUME V: HERITAGE By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz   While truly an indigenous tree only in the pocket remnants of ancient groves found at Point Lobos and Pebble Beach along the Monterey peninsula, Hesperocyparis macrocarpa is today a culturally significant tree that has come to be naturalized in many other locations around the world, …
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  • Cypress Lawn Arboretum Day 2021: November 12th

     Dearest friends, neighbors, and tree-lovers near and far — It is my honor to extend to you a cordial in-person (as well as virtual!) invitation to our second-annual Arboretum Day, here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum and Botanical Gardens on Nov. 12, 2021. The first-ever Arboretum Day, held last year on Nov. 18, 2020, was …
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  • Fun Fall Activities in San Francisco for the Whole Family to Enjoy

    The Bay Area is gorgeous any time of year but especially in the fall. (Of course, there’s no need to remind our neighbors of this!) Autumn in San Francisco brings mild temps, clearer air, and fewer tourists — a win-win-win for the whole family. At Cypress Lawn, we love exploring all that our beautiful city …
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  • Honoring San Francisco Hero Betty Ong on the 20th Anniversary of 9/11

    The commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, was deeply felt across our country and world. When we reflect upon the events of that tragic day and the thousands of lives that were lost, it can feel overwhelming, even after so much time has passed. For many of us, the day that changed …
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