The famous 19th-century American writer, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Individuality is an important value to the people of the Bay Area, and it’s important to the team at Cypress Lawn as well. When we help a family plan a farewell for their loved one, our highest priority is creating a tribute that paints a picture of the person’s passions, hobbies, accomplishments, and culture. There are many ways we can help you do this. For some, it’s finding the perfect resting place in the beautiful, sprawling historic grounds at Cypress Lawn. For others, it’s selecting the most meaningful piece of music for the service, or blanketing the visitation with favorite flowers. If your father was a history buff, our Noble Chapel would provide a fitting background for his farewell. If your spouse was a stained-glass lover, imagine saying your final goodbye within our incomparable Tiffany Chapel. It doesn’t matter how unique your loved one was, the expert team at Cypress Lawn can help you craft a service and choice of final disposition that truly communicates their identity.
If you need some ideas to get you started, here are just a handful of the personalization options you have with Cypress Lawn:
- Display her artwork or his military honors for family and friends to admire.
- Arrange for a balloon or dove release at the graveside.
- Design remembrance keepsakes.
- Create a remembrance table or video tribute with family photos.
Whether burial or cremation is your choice, we’ll also provide a space for your loved one in our Digital Archives, so you’ll have a way to record and share their personal life story, family legacy, generational family portraits, and more in a safe, permanent way.
We are also intimately acquainted with the many ethnic and religious groups that make up the tapestry of culture in the Bay Area, like those in the Filipino and Spanish-speaking communities. Our staff can always attend to your unique needs and traditions. We make it our priority to make sure whatever is meaningful to you and your family is important to us.
If you plan to make your own prearrangements, you have the unique opportunity to tell the story of your own life. We see such creativity in how people choose to express themselves even in death! From the eulogy, to music selection, to your final resting place – you can leave your mark on the world.
The experts at Cypress Lawn have been telling stories of the people in the Bay Area for well over a century. Their stories are still being told today – we invite you to come and visit our sprawling grounds or do a genealogy search here on our online home. Read, experience, and absorb the stories you find. You might be surprised what you learn about yourself and how you would like to be remembered.