Demystifying Cremation: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Despite cremation’s growing popularity in the Bay Area and across the country, many people remain unsure of what the process is all about. Here at Cypress Lawn, our experienced staff is committed to helping families in San Francisco understand cremation and what it entails. For some families, cremation is a more appealing and affordable choice compared to traditional burial. We hope this blog demystifies cremation for our neighbors throughout our community.


Here are some frequently asked questions we receive about cremation:


  • What happens after cremation? 

    Following a cremation, cremated remains are returned to the family in an urn or container of their choice. Some families choose to hold a visitation or memorial service here at Cypress Lawn or another location. Others decide to scatter their loved one’s cremated remains in a meaningful place. Cremated remains can also be placed in a piece of keepsake jewelry as a permanent memorial to your loved one.


  • What is the Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee? 

    At Cypress Lawn, we offer the Cremation with Confidence™ Guarantee, a 10-step process that includes rigorous checks and balances to provide peace of mind to the families who choose cremation with us. This guarantee lets every family feel good leaving their loved one in our care, knowing they’ll receive their cremated remains in a timely, professional manner.


  • Can a memorial service following a cremation be personalized? 

    We encourage families to personalize every memorial service, whether they choose burial or cremation. Personalization is a great way to celebrate what made your loved one unique. The families we serve here at Cypress Lawn arrange services that integrate aspects of their loved one’s life, from hobbies to career accomplishments to family vacations. The options for personalization are virtually endless, and we encourage families to get as creative as they like when planning their loved one’s service.


  • Can families view the cremation? 

    Many families take comfort in witnessing the cremation of their loved ones. We encourage families to say goodbye to their loved ones before the start of the cremation process. It’s a beautiful way to gain closure and begin to process the grief of losing a loved one.


If you have more questions about cremation or wish to begin planning a cremation with our experts here at Cypress Lawn, contact us anytime. We are available 24/7 to serve you and your family.