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  • Understanding Your Service Options

    When we talk about the end of life, many people don’t want to think about it at all … or, if they do, they have no idea how to start planning. While the topic of death can seem overwhelming, it is an inevitable part of the circle of life. We cannot predict when death may …
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  • Visit Cypress Lawn This Summer

    Since our founding in 1892, Cypress Lawn has always been a place where families can go to celebrate life — a cultural landmark that has become vital to the living legacy of San Francisco. As our country and state begin reopening as the pandemic releases its clutches on our normalcy, you may be looking for …
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  • Plant Vision: Giving Our Attention to the Trees Around Us

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz I know this feeling of being a child, one of my first waking memories.  Running circle after circle on the lawn of my new family home around a ring of ivy. Three silver birches, Betula pendula, emergent from the center of the round as a harmonious triumvirate of brilliant …
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  • “Dancing on the Brink of the World”: A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Global Diversity of Plantings of the Monterey Cypress

    VOLUME III: SPECIMEN By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Hesperocyparis macrocarpa, in its wisened maturity past a century in age, may grow to become a true natural spectacle, a wooden behemoth that lives at a physical and temporal scale far beyond the human. To us, they exist as timeless stalwarts; still and silent they stand …
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  • Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources You Can Use

    The pandemic has proven time and time again just how much the state of our mental health can affect our overall well-being and physical health. Over the past year, COVID-19 has severely impacted the mental health of Americans of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels. The pandemic unleashed new levels of trauma, stress, and worry …
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  • A Letter from Our President & CEO: The Future of Cypress Lawn in the Post-Pandemic World

    Over the past year, our Cypress Lawn team members have walked with many families as they’ve mourned the loss of their loved ones during the pandemic. We know firsthand how truly devastating this time has been, and we continue to stand ready to help Bay Area families when they need us most. As our country …
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  • Exploring the Many Campuses of Cypress Lawn

    Cypress Lawn symbolizes many different things to many different people. For some, our Memorial Park signifies a peaceful final resting place for a loved one or perhaps an ancestor from several generations past. For others, it’s a sacred space where the life of a beloved friend or family member was celebrated. However, for all, it …
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  • FEMA Assistance for COVID-19 Funerals: What Your Family Needs to Know

    Our team at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park has been serving Bay Area families throughout the pandemic, and we know firsthand how catastrophic the past year has been on our city, state, and world. During this time, we have helped many of our neighbors who have lost their loved ones to COVID-19, and …
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  • Celebrating Women’s History Month at Cypress Lawn

    Cypress Lawn has the unique honor of serving as the final resting place for many influential Californians. These men and women left behind lasting legacies across the state — and the country — that have impacted many of us. In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting just a few of the incredible women …
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  • Welcome to Cypress Lawn Arboretum:
    A Short Feature Film

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Hello, friends! Recent months have been full of growth and change here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum. This short feature documentary film seeks to share with you — our cherished tree-loving community — just a few of the many projects that we have been working on. From giving care and …
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