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A New Convenient Resource to Share with Your Family

Did you know there are over 100 decisions that have to be made right away following the death of a loved one? 

Many of the Bay Area families I speak with don’t realize just how many decisions need to be made until they are dealing with a loss. Many families also don’t know there’s a way to avoid a lot of the unnecessary stress associated with planning end-of-life arrangements. 

At Cypress Lawn, we’ve been offering preplanning services to Bay Area families for decades. Preplanning is the act of putting your end-of-life preferences in writing with the help of a licensed professional. Think of this as creating a customized guide for your family that explains everything you would want after you are gone. 

We often call this “the ultimate gift” because it provides peace of mind to those who are left behind. It also protects them from making emotional decisions during an already difficult time. Your loved ones won’t have to worry about what you would have wanted — they’ll have confidence knowing they are making the right choices. 

You can meet with one of Cypress Lawn’s preplanning experts at no cost. It’s a complimentary service we provide to all of our Bay Area neighbors. All you have to do is find a day and time that works best for you, and one of our caring staff members will meet with you in person, through a virtual video conference, or on the phone. 

As an added convenience, Cypress Lawn has created a free webinar you can watch from the comfort and safety of your home. This video will guide you through all the important decisions ahead. You can register for this free webinar today at We recommend watching this webinar, as it answers many common questions families have as they plan ahead. 

With generations of experience, our expert care team has the answers to all of your preplanning questions. Call us anytime at 650-550-8808 or learn more at 

By Robert A. Gordon Jr., President & CEO of Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, Resident since 2017 

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End of Life
Bob Gordon
Cypress Lawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park
(650) 550-8808

Robert Gordon Jr. began his career at his grandfather’s cemetery and funeral home as a teenager — he worked in every position, eventually rising to the level of Vice President. He went on to hold director positions at both the El Camino Group and Service Corporation International. Bob is now the President and CEO of the Cypress Lawn Cemetery Association. He is a licensed funeral director and cemetery broker. 

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