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Exploring the Many Benefits of Planning Ahead

Fluctuating prices and destabilizing events across the country and world can make the future feel uncertain. 

Planning ahead, especially with decisions relating to the end-of-life, is one way to gain some peace of mind — even amid all of this unpredictability. 

At Cypress Lawn, we encourage our neighbors to make their arrangements in advance for several reasons. Below are just a few of the many benefits that come with preplanning.

1. Preplanning can help ease stress about the future. 

When you preplan, you can get your detailed wishes put down in writing. Under the guidance of our experienced staff members, you’ll make important decisions at your own pace. You can even do this from the comfort of home on your computer.

2. Your family will know how you’d like to be remembered.

Preplanning your own funeral eliminates any guesswork from your funeral arrangements. Your family will know exactly how you’d like to be remembered, and you can feel confident your service will be carried out just the way you envisioned, from the food served at the reception to the location of your final resting place. 

3. Preplanning lets you set up a financial plan. 

Many families overspend on their loved one’s arrangements because they are too overwhelmed by grief. Putting your plans in place ahead of time allows you to take an honest look at your budget and carefully consider the options. You can even pay for your arrangements in advance — protecting your loved one from worrying about expenses down the road.

4. Your final wishes are kept secure until they are needed. 

When you preplan at Cypress Lawn, your information is kept in a secure location and will be available when the time comes for our services. If you would like to make changes later on, you can contact us at any time. 

Our licensed professionals are available 24/7 to answer any questions families have about preplanning a funeral or cremation with us. Visit for more information or call us anytime at (650) 755-0580.

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

About The Author

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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