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  • History Feature: The Notable Figures of Cypress Lawn

    At Cypress Lawn, we pride ourselves on providing our San Francisco neighbors with high-quality funeral, cremation, and burial services. For over a century, we’ve been a testament to trustworthy and supportive care for families facing some of life’s most difficult moments. What makes our services stand out is our people, both those who currently work …
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  • How to Support Grieving Mothers on Mother’s Day

    Springtime, the season of rebirth, presents ample opportunities for celebration. On Mother’s Day, we honor the most important women in our lives with affection, gifts, and words of appreciation—among other things! For many people, this day is a positive experience, but for grieving mothers, the holiday is especially poignant. At Cypress Lawn, we know Mother’s …
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  • Dancing on the Brink of the World: Volume VII — Macrocarpa

    In September of 2019, I embarked on a global journey as a traveling scholar of UC Berkeley’s Geraldine Knight Scott Fellowship. My purpose was to follow the Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) wherever it has been planted by people, which for this species of cypress is a great many places. Half the world away, this tree …
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  • CypressFest! — Tree Care Collaboration at Cypress Lawn Arboretum

    This past September, a major seasonal effort in the pruning of Monterey cypress (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa) trees took place, here at Cypress Lawn Arboretum! Please enjoy this video, showcasing the work and arboricultural intentions of CypressFest.                                     Our namesake …
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  • A Letter from Our President & CEO: Looking Toward Our ‘New Normal’

    The past few years have forced all of us to face unprecedented circumstances and to change direction, sometimes at a moment’s notice. In these turbulent times, one thing remains the same: our commitment to serving families throughout the Bay Area. Trusting our team to preplan your funeral or commemorate your loved one’s life means you …
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  • Why More Californians Than Ever Are Choosing Cremation

    In recent years, an increasing number of people in California and across the U.S. have been choosing cremation over traditional burial. One of the reasons families choose cremation with Cypress Lawn is that our cremation services are as varied and comprehensive as our burial service options. Our dedicated staff wants all our San Francisco neighbors …
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  • The Effects of Grief on the Body

    After losing over 900,000 Americans to COVID-19 within the past two years, there are many people across the country navigating the painful process of grief. Here at Cypress Lawn, we want our neighbors in San Francisco and the Bay Area to know they are not alone in their grief and want to offer our wholehearted …
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  • Mourning Amid Another Wave of COVID Variants

    With constant talk and news coverage of the latest COVID variants (and even subvariants) like Omicron and Delta, these are stress-inducing times, to say the least. Mourning a loved one right now is especially difficult, as pandemic-related restrictions may keep some families from grieving in the way they would prefer. At Cypress Lawn, our experienced …
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  • Events to Honor and Celebrate Black History Month in the San Francisco Area

    Each February presents a unique opportunity to reflect upon and honor the legacy of Black Americans. Here at Cypress Lawn, we take the time to celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco and the Bay Area alongside our neighbors in a variety of ways. We’ve created this list of upcoming local events to share with …
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  • 5 Tips for Coping with Grief Around Valentine’s Day

    The holiday season has only just ended, and before we know it, February is here bringing more reminders of the special person you miss. Even if you feel you’re in a healthy place with your grief, the arrival of Valentine’s Day, with its romantic overtures and heart-shaped candies, may push you off balance. It’s common …
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