There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.” All of us here in the San Francisco Bay Area feel some kind of connection to the people who came before us. There is a natural curiosity about where we come from – what did our ancestors do? What were they like? Do we look like them? There is also a spike in this interest after a loved one’s passing – particularly when the funeral service planning begins and shoeboxes of photos are pulled out and stories begin to be told. This inquisitiveness has led to a rapid rise in the popularity of genealogy research websites, television shows, and even DNA analysis to determine one’s ethnic background.
But what if your descendants did not have to go scraping the internet for information or ship off a droplet of their own blood to get a picture of their origins? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could tell future generations your story yourself?
Cypress Lawn has now created a way for you to preserve your own personal story and family profile that will live on in perpetuity, just as your permanent memorial at Cypress Lawn will endure for future generations. By choosing Cypress Lawn, you will gain access to a unique, customizable website where you can save your words, photos, family artifacts, military records, medical history, and more. This digital scrapbook has unlimited data storage and is password protected – you only share it with those you choose, safeguarding your privacy. Family members from any location can also contribute to it – adding their own information, memories, pictures, and recollections.
Just imagine – your grandchildren and their grandchildren will never have to wonder about your background or what you were like. You will be able to show them yourself with your own family website, while you are still living. And you never have to worry about precious moments being deleted or lost in a natural disaster. They will be protected digitally and preserved by our cemetery endowment care fund, the largest of its kind in Northern California.