Every year, the ICCFA is proud to honor members of the deathcare profession for their extraordinary achievement through our awards. The ICCFA’s Keeping It Personal (KIP) awards honor cemeteries, funeral homes, pet-loss professionals, and suppliers who have gone above and beyond in personalization and memorialization efforts. The Lasting Impact Award is selected by the ICCFA Educational Foundation, and honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to furthering professional development and lifelong learning in deathcare. Our highest honor, the Hall of Fame Award, pays tribute to an elite group who have demonstrated selfless service and outstanding contributions.

You can learn more about our award winners and find more information below

ICCFA’s Keeping It Personal (KIP) Awards

The Keeping It Personal (KIP) Awards were started in 2001 by the ICCFA’s Personalization subcommittee to encourage the sharing of ideas for personalizing services and products to better serve families. The KIP program honors recipients in four categories: Most Personalized Service/Memorial for Funeral Home; Most Personalized Service/Memorial for Cemetery; Most Personalized Pet Service or Memorial; and Innovative Personalized Product, which is only available to supplier members. You can find information on the 2023 winners below.

Cemetery

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place & Overall Grand Prize Winner

Cave Hill Cemetery & Hosparus Join Forces to Serve Children 
Cave Hill CemeteryLouisville, Kentucky 

Honorable Mention

Momentos Que Nos Unen
Señoriales Corporación de Servicios – Guatemala

Funeral Home

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place

Rite of Passage: Jefferson Memorial Park with Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science Students for Burial Event 
Jefferson Memorial Cemetery, Funeral Home, Crematory & Arboretum – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention

Eldon’s Last Ride
Pray Funeral Home – Charlotte, Michigan

Pet

Most Personalized Pet Service

First Place

The Eterneva Diamond That Saves Hundreds of Dogs Per Year 
Eterneva – Austin, Texas

Honorable Mention

An Altar Woven with the Traces of Eternal Love
Señoriales Corporación de Servicios – Guatemala

Suppliers

Innovative/Personalized Product

First Place

Life’s QR
Life’s QR – Niagara Falls, Canada 

Honorable Mention

Etern.life Memorial Map
Passages International, Inc. – Albuquerque, New Mexico

How to Apply

Details on next year’s awards will be made available in Winter 2024.

ICCFA’s Lasting Impact Award

The Lasting Impact Awards were created by the ICCFA Educational Foundation to recognize those individuals who have made significant contributions to furthering professional development and lifelong learning in the funeral, cemetery and cremation profession.

The Lasting Impact Award was presented to Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE, at a reception on April 12 at the 2024 ICCFA Annual Convention and Exposition in Tampa, Florida.

2023 Lasting Impact Awardee

Doug Gober

Gober received the Lasting Impact Award in recognition of his commitment and contributions to the deathcare profession over his 44-year career. During this time, he has logged hundreds of hours as a speaker and educator at deathcare events across the globe and has presented at many ICCFA events. He has earned numerous national awards and has served as a consultant for marketing and merchandising projects on an international scale.

To watch Doug’s award ceremony, click here.

2024 Lasting Impact Awardee

Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE

Price, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations at Park Lawn Corporation, has made it his mission to give back to the future of the deathcare profession. From 2015 to 2023, he took on the role of President and Chairman of the ICCFA Educational Foundation. Under his leadership, the Foundation experienced incredible growth in donations received, scholarships awarded, and impactful initiatives established. Price’s commitment to service remains unwavering as he continues to serve as a Trustee for the ICCFA Educational Foundation, along with his membership in both the Government & Legal Affairs Committee and Veterans Committee. Additionally, he was inducted into the ICCFA Hall of Fame in 2022.

To watch Jim’s award ceremony, click here.

2022 Lasting Impact Awardee

Glenda Stansbury

Stansbury’s legacy is notable for her training and development of celebrants, who offer an alternative to services provided by clergypersons for families who are not affiliated with a church or who do not wish to have a traditional religious funeral service. They are trained to design services that are completely personal, incorporating those unique stories, songs and experiences that defined the deceased. Under her guidance, she has trained over 4,665 celebrants with an estimated 7.5 million individuals who have witnessed the impact of a ceremony performed by one of her trainees.

To watch Glenda’s award video, click here.

ICCFA Hall of Fame Award

The ICCFA’s most prestigious award is entry into our Hall of Fame. Since its creation in 1965, it has been awarded to only 37 individuals. This award recognizes those who have demonstrated unselfish service and outstanding contributions to the ICCFA, to the cemetery, funeral, cremation, and memorialization profession, and, ultimately, to the public.

The ICCFA inducted Fred Lappin, CCE, during the 2024 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition in Tampa, Florida.

I. Frederick Lappin, CCE

Lappin began serving as a volunteer with the ICCFA in 2001 as a member of the Sales and Marketing Committee. His subsequent positions have included multiple terms on the Board of Directors, including three Vice President appointments. He was a co-chair for both the Fall Leadership and Sales & Marketing Conferences and has served on a variety of committees, including the Mission Statement, Strategic Planning, Future Directions, Service Bureau, and more. Lappin has also been selected to serve on numerous Executive Committees and, most notably, was elected ICCFA President for 2014-15. Additionally, he was an original Trustee/Board member of the ICCFA Educational Foundation and was integrally involved with the inclusion of The Jewish Funeral Directors of America, Inc. (JFDA), as well as expanding the relationship between the ICCFA and the Latin American Association of Cemeteries and Funeral Services (ALPAR) by attending their events in Panama, Guatemala, and Spain.