• The Origins of Día de los Muertos

    At Cypress Lawn, our dedicated staff members serve San Francisco families hailing from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including Hispanic families. Funeral practices vary across the world, but families from Mexico take a unique approach to death and the afterlife. Each year from October 31 through November 2, people of Mexican heritage located …
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  • Serving All Religions and Cultural Traditions in the Bay Area

    The Bay Area is rich in religious and cultural diversity. It’s one of the many things that makes this part of the world such a vibrant and inspiring home. Just as each culture takes a unique approach to births, weddings, and other significant life events, a funeral presents a meaningful opportunity to honor a loved …
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  • Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Bay Area

    At Cypress Lawn, it’s an honor to celebrate and pay tribute to our Hispanic friends and neighbors, commemorating all of our community’s diverse cultural and religious traditions. National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States each year starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. The observation of this holiday began in …
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  • How We Honor Religious Traditions at Cypress Lawn

    At Cypress Lawn, there is no celebration of life that is exactly the same because there are no two people on this planet who are exactly alike. We take deep pride in being able to talk with families and learn what made their loved one unique so we can customize their funeral or memorial service …
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  • How We Honor Multicultural Traditions at Cypress Lawn

    As members of the Bay Area community, it is a true honor to be able to experience firsthand the vast variety of cultures and religions our area has become known for. At Cypress Lawn, it has remained our priority over the years to have staff members who can understand and identify with the needs of …
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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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  • Feng Shui in Chinese Funeral
    The Art of Feng Shui in Chinese Funeral Traditions
    Have you heard of the practice of feng shui (pronounced fuhng shwey)? The words translate to “wind water” in English. If you live in the Bay Area, chances are you have heard of this ancient Chinese practice of harmonizing your surroundings by organizing a space in a way that balances its “chi” or energy. The ...
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    Filipino Funeral Traditions
    One of the best things about working at Cypress Lawn, is the gift we having of interacting daily with our community’s rich diversity. Because we serve all different types of people from various cultural, religious, and economic backgrounds, we get to witness a number of different traditions that are sometimes quite different from the typical ...
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  • Honoring Our Elders: The Rich Influence of Chinese Funeral
    Honoring Our Elders: The Rich Influence of Chinese Funeral Traditions
    California changed forever on January 24, 1848. That was the day James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The Gold Rush brought another treasure to northern California, as a large group of Asian, particularly Chinese, immigrants came to the area as more and more railroads were built. Today, San Francisco has ...
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