• 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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  • 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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  • Doug Keister, cemetery
    Event: Outdoor Photography Workshop with Doug Keister
    On October 30th, we will welcome Doug Keister to Noble Chapel as a part of our lecture series. He will be holding an Outdoor Photo Seminar Workshop from 3:30 to 5:45 PM. The group will meet initially at Cypress Lawn’s Reception Room. Doug is the author of numerous photography books, including Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery ...
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  • The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the many beautiful places to scatter ashes in the Bay Area. Read more:
    Returning to Nature: Scattering a Loved One’s Ashes in the Bay Area
    For the Western World, the act of scattering a loved one’s ashes is relatively new, only picking up in popularity over the past three or four decades. Today, about one-third of Americans who choose cremation have their cremated ashes scattered instead of kept in an urn. For Asian cultures, the act of scattering ashes, particularly ...
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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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  • Cypress Lawn, a certified Cremation with Confidence
    It’s a Matter of Trust: The Importance of an Onsite Crematory
    Trust is the foundation of all good relationships, so here at Cypress Lawn, we don’t make promises to you lightly. Maintaining the trust of the families we serve is our top priority. Because of our high level of compassionate, professional care there is no name in the funeral profession in the Bay Area that is ...
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    August 21st Antiques Roadshow Event at Cypress Lawn
    On August 21st, Cypress Lawn will host an Antiques Roadshow event featuring Antique Appraiser and syndicated columnist, Terry Hamburg. Recently, Cypress Lawn President and CEO, Ken Varner had a chance to catch up with Terry – to learn more about his passion for antiques, what to expect at the event, and why we all have ...
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  • How to be present for a grieving friend...on
    5 Ways to “Be” with a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One
      If it hasn’t happened to you yet, it will one day. Someone you love will lose someone they love and they’re going to need you. Make sure you know how to help them. Here are five ways to be with a friend who is in the grips of grief: 1.) Be present. You might ...
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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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