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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

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

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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Stained glass at Cypress

Top 5 Things to See When You Visit Cypress Lawn

There are a number of Bay Area treasures here on the Cypress Lawn grounds. Some people think visiting a cemetery is a bit odd or even macabre, but those who visit Cypress Lawn feel very differently. Once you experience the history, the natural beauty, and the amazing visual expressions of love and respect to those […]

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Remember your loved one at our 11th Annual Remembrance

Gone, But Never Forgotten: Annual Holiday Remembrance Program

Holidays are so difficult when you’ve lost someone you loved, aren’t they? It’s almost counterintuitive because it’s supposed to be a time of warmth, happiness, and togetherness. But all of those expectations can stand in stark contrast to the reality of your loss. At Cypress Lawn, we recognize your pain and want to help you […]

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How to Have Gratitude in the Midst of Grief

Gratitude in the Midst of Grief

It’s the time of year when many people put an extra emphasis on gratitude and thankfulness. But it can be hard to get into the feeling of this season when you’ve lost someone close to you. When you lose someone you love, the grief never really goes away, does it? And for most, the holidays […]

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