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  • Noble Chapel: A Beautiful, Historic Treasure at Cypress Lawn

    The Noble Chapel you behold today is a 2016 restoration of the original 1893 structure. This restoration was painstakingly pursued in order to return this chapel as closely as possible to the appearance and specifications of the original structure.

  • Navigating the Pandemic with Courage: Meet Alexandra Petrini

    Alexandra Petrini says she prefers staying behind the scenes – so families who visit Cypress Lawn might not always get a chance to meet her, but they are certainly impacted by her work. Petrini is a licensed embalmer and serves as the Preparation Room Manager at Cypress Lawn.

  • Virtual Arrangements Offer a More Convenient Option for Families

    Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park is proud to offer a new way of serving Bay Area families, which will make planning end-of-life arrangements more convenient than ever before. We have created a special area on our website designed to help you easily schedule a free virtual preplanning consultation with one of our certified preneed counselors.

  • June’s Tree of the Month: Irish Yew

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz A headstone of polished granite — ornate, intricately detailed, and artfully inscribed — stands to commemorate a life gone by. Stone is a stoic thing; as eternal tributes to beloved people, we intend for our mausoleums, statuary, and monuments to remain immutable, as sacrosanct vessels of cherished memories. …
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  • Stories of Cypress Lawn: The Clown of Eternal Jest

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has acquired Olivet Memorial Park in Colma. Situated at the base of the San Bruno Mountains, with huge cypress and palm trees throughout, Mount Olivet — as it was originally named — opened in 1896, four years after Cypress Lawn. Known as the …
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  • May’s Tree of the Month: Monterey Pine

    A tree is a versatile metaphor for life itself — indeed, examples of this are scattered across our cultural history as a thousand leaves upon an autumn lawn. From the tempting fruits of Eden to the meditative enlightenment of Siddhartha Gautama beneath the sacred Bodhi tree; from the shrouded mystery of J.K. Rowling’s Forbidden Forest …
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  • Honoring the Life of Ishi – The Last Survivor of the Yahi Tribe

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has acquired Olivet Memorial Park in Colma. Situated at the base of the San Bruno Mountains, with huge cypress and palm trees throughout, Mount Olivet — as it was originally named — opened in 1896, four years after Cypress Lawn. Known as the …
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  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906: Big One Revisited

    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation April 18 was the 116th anniversary of the Great San Francisco Earthquake. In this blog, we are paying tribute to the late Gladys Hansen and her contribution to scholarship. Hansen was appointed as the first (and only) chief archivist of the City of SanFrancisco. Through …
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  • April’s Tree of the Month: Deodar Cedar
    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Looking up into the canopy above me, on an afternoon stroll across the Arboretum grounds, a sure sign of the turn of spring catches my eye. Behold, such a burst of vibrant green! The radiance of youth glimmers in the sun, emerging from the end of each branch, this ...
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  • Exciting Changes Ahead: Announcing the Acquisition of Olivet Memorial Park
    By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation Cypress Lawn has purchased Olivet Memorial Park, which includes a crematory and a funeral home. This acquisition will improve our delivery systems for services, cremations, and receptions; reduce annual irrigation costs;  and open up access to 8 additional acres of land for cemetery sales. Situated ...
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