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  • Events to Honor and Celebrate Black History Month in the San Francisco Area

    Each February presents a unique opportunity to reflect upon and honor the legacy of Black Americans. Here at Cypress Lawn, we take the time to celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco and the Bay Area alongside our neighbors in a variety of ways. We’ve created this list of upcoming local events to share with …
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  • 5 Tips for Coping with Grief Around Valentine’s Day

    The holiday season has only just ended, and before we know it, February is here bringing more reminders of the special person you miss. Even if you feel you’re in a healthy place with your grief, the arrival of Valentine’s Day, with its romantic overtures and heart-shaped candies, may push you off balance. It’s common …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume VI – Spirit

    By Cypress Lawn Arboretum Director Josh Gevertz   Hesperocyparis macrocarpa – Monterey cypress   Creative inspiration is rarely a given. Most often, it needs to be strived for, cultivated, discovered. In my own experience, there is a certain openness of the mind and spirit that lives as an essential tenet, preceding and informing the deeply human …
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  • Cypress Lawn Arboretum Day 2021: A Showcase Film About a Day for Celebrating Trees

    On November 12th, 2021, just a few short months ago, we celebrated our second-annual Arboretum Day. This special event of planting trees, learning about the living collection of Cypress Lawn Arboretum, and growing our community of tree-lovers near and far was a joyous and successful occasion. Many thanks to all those who helped to bring …
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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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