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Cypress Lawn Heritage

Interview with Michael Svanevik: The Greatest Sea Battle of World War II

Cypress Lawn, through its Heritage Foundation, is amid its 17th year of providing free lectures on a variety of interesting topics to the community. It’s one more way we work to ensure the preservation and restoration of the history of Cypress Lawn and the state of California. We invite you to join us every month […]

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Choosing Cremation Provider

How to Choose a Cremation Provider

American consumers make dozens of purchasing choices every week. Many of these decisions are almost automatic – maybe you visit the same local bistro every Friday night and know the exact winery you like to take out-of-town guests to visit. Some of these buying decisions are more important than others – obviously, your choice of […]

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Interview with Steve Brown: The Cypress Lawn Arboretum and Arbor Day

What is the purpose and history of Arbor Day? Some say the first documented Arbor Day was the arbor plantation festival held in the Spanish village of Mondoñedo back in 1594. In the U.S., Arbor Day was founded in 1872 by Nebraskan J. Sterling Morton with the purpose of encouraging people and groups to plant […]

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Preserving Bay Area History: The Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation

A little over seven million people call the San Francisco Bay Area home – and we’re lucky enough to be among them! It’s hard to wrap your mind around a number that big, but think about it for a moment – over seven million unique individuals, who all have a life story, interests, passions, and […]

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How to Tell the Story of Your Loved One's

How to Tell the Story of a Life

The famous 19th-century American writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Individuality is an important value to the people of the Bay Area, and it’s important to the team at Cypress Lawn as well. When we help […]

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Protecting Your Legacy Through Preplanning

Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Franklin’s wisdom and humor is spot on – but there are actually a number of different ways we can leave a legacy. For most of us, our legacy won’t […]

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Why Should I Consider Becoming a Member of a Cremation Society?

There is a power that comes from gathering with like-minded people. You see it all the time. People become members of organizations, churches, clubs, and societies as a way to express their passions and interests, to learn, to give back, or to get to know people who think the same way they do. The Cypress Lawn […]

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The Importance of the Funeral in Your Grief Journey

Think back to the major life events that have occurred in your family. Weddings, the birth of a child, anniversaries, and even the purchase of a new home were probably marked by some kind of a gathering – maybe in a home, restaurant, or other venue. Your loved ones came together, connected, talked, and reflected […]

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Mexican Funeral

Mexican Funeral Traditions

The Bay Area is a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions. One of the greatest challenges and joys of the work we do here at Cypress Lawn is building a team that can understand and identify with the many ethnic groups that fill our neighborhoods. Just like every individual is unique, every ethnicity is unique, […]

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How to Handle Grief During the Holidays

If you’re anything like me, you still have a few holiday gifts to pick up. There really isn’t anything quite like strolling through the mall during the holidays. The sparkling decorations, the festive music, and other trappings of the season can really put you in a holiday mood. But that’s not the case for everyone. […]

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