Blog

  • From Acorn to Action Plan: Arboretum Allies and a New Era of Tree Care at Cypress Lawn

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz Cypress Lawn Arboretum has grown through the generations from a vision seeded by our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble, who brought the idea of the rural “garden cemetery” to the California coast in the final decade of the 19th century. Although Mr. Noble did not think of himself as …
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  • “Dancing on the Brink of the World”: A Photo Blog Series Showcasing the Diversity of Global Plantings of the Monterey Cypress

    VOLUME II: NATURAL(IZED) By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz The Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa), our namesake species at Cypress Lawn Arboretum, is a coastal Californian tree with a unique natural — and cultural — history. While truly native only to a small pocket of the Monterey peninsula within two ancient groves at Pebble Beach …
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  • Announcing Our Inaugural Recipients of the Hamden Noble Associates of the Quarter Award

    At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, it has always been our mission  to help our Bay Area neighbors celebrate life, heal from loss, and remember those they love. It’s a mission that our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble, had in mind when he created this peaceful oasis back in 1892, and we still strive …
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  • Honoring Black History Month in the Bay Area

    At Cypress Lawn, it is our deepest honor to serve families of all different races, ethnicities, religions, and cultural traditions. In honor of Black History Month, we are sharing the stories of just a few of the many influential and prominent Black Americans who are laid to eternal rest within our peaceful Memorial Park. As …
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  • Update on Our COVID-19 Safety Plan

    Since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 has taken over 25,300 lives within the state of California. While we head into 2021 with hope and can see the light at the end of the tunnel, our team at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park also remains steadfastly committed to your health and safety.  Throughout …
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  • Why Planning Ahead is Important Amid the Pandemic

    Last year has shown us that there’s no way we can predict what’s coming. As our nation mourns the loss of over 330,000 Americans due to the devastating pandemic, many of us had to say goodbye to loved ones much earlier than we anticipated. At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, our caring team …
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  • Navigating the Pandemic: The Resilience of Cypress Lawn

    Since the founding of Cypress Lawn in 1892, our team has been guided by a set of values that have continued to fill us with purpose as we have maneuvered the many ups and downs of this past century. To us at Cypress Lawn, working with a defined and specific purpose is akin to a …
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  • How to Honor a Loved One During the Holiday Season

    At Cypress Lawn, we’ve been helping our neighbors in the Bay Area navigate the difficult emotions associated with losing a loved one for more than a century. Over and over again, we’ve witnessed firsthand just how heartbreaking and devastating the aftermath of losing a loved one can be — and we also understand that grief …
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  • Proudly Serving our Nation’s Veterans

    At Cypress Lawn, it’s one of our greatest honors to serve the families of America’s heroes — our nation’s veterans. As our country commemorates Veterans Day this year amid an already turbulent year for our country and world, we are even more so reminded of the courage that these men and women displayed through their military …
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  • The Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation and its Mission

    The founding of Cypress Lawn can be traced back to a serendipitous carriage ride. Our founder, Hamden Holmes Noble, happened to be riding past San Francisco’s Laurel Hill Cemetery. This cemetery had recently transitioned from a source of pride to an eyesore, as San Francisco’s land-hungry residents began turning against cemeteries. It was during this …
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