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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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The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906: The Big One Revisited

By Terry Hamburg, Director of the Cypress Lawn Heritage Foundation April 18 was the 114th 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 San Francisco. […]

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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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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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5 Ways to Relieve Loneliness During a Quarantine

All across San Francisco and the Bay Area, people are spending their days inside waiting for the end of the COVID-19 crisis. At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Cemetery, we are doing our best to serve our community during this time of uncertainty. We know that many of you are separated from family, friends, and […]

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Cypress Lawn Offering Livestreaming to Families at No Additional Cost

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all industries are having to make significant changes to support the populations they serve, and the funeral industry is no different during this time of ever-changing circumstances. Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park and its trusted providers across the Bay Area are prepared with the latest technology to […]

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How Our Funeral Home is Managing the Coronavirus

As a cornerstone in this community, and as leaders during times of tragedy and uncertainty, let us assure you that your family’s health and safety is our number one priority. Many of you have reached out asking how Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park is handling COVID-19. As a funeral home, our facility is […]

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Self-Care During a Crisis is a Must

The year 2020 is not going as planned. As COVID-19 travels across the globe, it is natural to feel heightened anxiety, disappointment, and stress. The coming days and weeks are unknown, and the unknown can be frightening. It’s important to heed local and national health guidelines and to practice self-care to make sure you are […]

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March’s Tree of the Month: Cork Oak

Perhaps no singular tree in the entire Cypress Lawn Arboretum collection is so grand as this – unassuming, still, in the lee of the ever-so-stately Hammond family monument, its gargantuan branches reach for the sun in all directions. Its evergreen leaves catch the afternoon light and flicker delicately on the eastward Pacific breeze. Its mighty […]

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