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The Acute Loss Period – Stage 7: The Celebrating Phase

The way the grief process unfolds is similar to riding on a rollercoaster. There are many ups and downs, and sometimes the path is unpredictable and full of unexpected twists and turns. At Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, it is our  honor to serve families in the San Francisco Bay area and guide them through the process of planning […]

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History of Colma – “The City of Souls”

The town of Colma, CA, in the San Francisco Bay Area is known as the “City of Souls,” because it is home to several cemeteries, including Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park. In fact, approximately 1.5 million “souls” reside in Colma, which was officially founded as a necropolis in 1924. Because of this, the […]

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The Acute Loss Period – Stage 6: The Reflecting Phase

When someone we love dies, part of us dies with that person. It’s common to feel adrift, unsure of what to do next, uncertain of how to create a “new normal.” One of the most important steps following a death is taking time to step away and reflect on how life will change going forward. […]

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Fun Summer Activities in San Francisco

Whether you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area visiting Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park or are already one of our neighbors, here are some fun summer activities you can enjoy with family and friends. We may be biased, but we think the beauty of our 200-acre grounds is unprecedented, making […]

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The Acute Loss Period – Stage Five: The Connecting Phase

Italian philosopher Thomas Aquinas wrote, “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” This is especially noticeable when facing difficult circumstances in life, like the loss of a loved one. The grief process is unique for every person, yet there are certain stages that are imperative to the healing process. […]

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4 Treasures to See at Cypress Lawn this Summer

One of the sentiments we wholeheartedly believe is this: Cypress Lawn is for the living – and as soon as you begin to explore our vast, 200-acre grounds, you’ll see why. It’s the rolling terrain perched high upon the Bay Area coastline. It’s the fascinating history dating back to when California first began. And the […]

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The Acute Loss Period – Stage Four: The Gathering Phase

Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the days and weeks that follow are deeply emotional and highly charged. Life comes to a standstill. Unfamiliar emotions take hold, and the pain can feel suffocating. Here at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, we meet with Bay Area families every day who are in a state of […]

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Memorial Day: Remembering America’s Heroes at Cypress Lawn

Every year, those in the Bay Area and across the country celebrate Memorial Day with parades, picnics, fireworks, and time spent with friends and family. In the midst of the festivities, it is all too easy to lose sight of the meaning of the holiday: remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in […]

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Acute Loss Series #3: The Seeing Phase

“I can’t believe they’re gone…” If you’ve lost someone you love, you’re probably familiar with that sentiment. Every day at Cypress Lawn Funeral Home, our professional team talks with people who are in shock after hearing news of a death. Some San Francisco Bay Area families who come to us to arrange a funeral, burial, […]

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Cypress Lawn Becomes Official Level I Arboretum

Trees have always been a centerpiece here at Cypress Lawn, dating back to our beginnings in 1892, when Founder Hamden Holmes Noble brought in plant materials from around the world to create a stunning, park-like setting along the Bay Area peninsula. More than a century later, Cypress Lawn is widely known for its breathtaking views, […]

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