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 how to apply for KIP and our 2021 winners below.

Funeral Home

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Hannah’s Home Funeral & Green Burial
Connecticut Life Tributes, Wallingford, Connecticut

Honorable Mention

Cade Hollis Memorial Service
Cloverdale Funeral Home, Boise, Idaho

Cemetery

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place

Buchanan Group’s September 11th Memorial
Washington Park Cemetery Association / Buchanan Group, Indianapolis, Indiana

Honorable Mention

Hillside Cemetery’s Champions of Change
Hillside Cemetery, Wilton, Connecticut

Suppliers

Innovative/Personalized Product

First Place

AFTR
AFTR, Brooklyn, New York

Honorable Mention

The Visit Box
The Visit Box, Windsor, Colorado

How to Apply

Applications for the 2022 KIP Awards are currently open. The application period will remain open until December 31, 2022. Click the button to learn more and apply for a KIP award.

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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 2022 Lasting Impact Award has been awarded to Glenda Stansbury. Glenda’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.

The Lasting Impact Award will be presented to Glenda Stansbury at a reception on March 23 at the 2022 ICCFA Annual Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada. To view Glenda’s award video click here.

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2020 Recipient

Robert Boetticher Sr.

Robert Boetticher Sr. began his career as a supply sergeant and embalmer at the Army mortuary in Frankfurt, Germany. After graduating mortuary school and owning four funeral homes, Robert eventually joined Service Corporation International. Throughout his career, he has had the honor to serve in the ceremonial teams involved in many Presidential and high profile funerals. He took the experiences he gained and created LHT Consulting Group, LLC. In addition, Robert has been an industry consultant on numerous films and tv shows. He serves as CEO of the National Museum of Funeral History located in Houston, Texas. Robert’s passion for the industry and continuing education makes him an exemplary candidate for the Educational Foundation’s 2020 Lasting Impact Award.

2022 Lasting Impact Awardee

Glenda Stansbury

The ICCFA Educational Foundation will present its Lasting Impact Award to Glenda Stansbury at a reception on March 23. The Lasting Impact Award is presented annually to an individual that has made significant contributions to the deathcare profession in education and memorialization.

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 view Glenda’s award video click here.

2019 Recipient

Ernie Heffner, CFuE

Ernie Heffner is a second-generation funeral director who began his career after graduating from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. For over 30 years he has operated funeral home facilities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.

He has served on the boards of the Pennsylvania Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral association (PCCFA) and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). Heffner volunteered his time and efforts to the ICCFA for many years, where he chaired both the Hospice and Annual Convention committees. In 2000, Heffner was appointed a Vice President on the ICCFA Board of Directors. He went on to become the founding dean of the College of Cremation Services at the ICCFA University (ICCFAU) from 2005 to 2012. In 2012, Heffner was appointed as the Chancellor of the ICCFAU, which he oversaw for over two years.

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 35 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.

This year, the ICCFA is proud to induct two extremely worthy individuals to the Hall of Fame, Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE, and Bill Wright, CCE. They will be honored at a ceremony during the Closing Banquet of the 2022 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition on Friday, March 25, which begins at 5:30 pm.

Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE

Jim Price has dedicated over 50 years of service to the deathcare profession, embodying the idea of giving back and paying it forward. He has served on the Board of Directors of the ICCFA and as a Trustee for the ICCFA Educational Foundation. In 2015, Jim Price was elected as President & Chairman of the ICCFA Educational Foundation, a position he continues to serve to this day. His leadership of the Educational Foundation has seen an unparalleled rise in donations, scholarships awarded, and initiatives undertaken.

Bill Wright, CCE

Bill Wright has displayed continued dedication to the ICCFA throughout his 35 years spent supporting the Association. He has served in a number of leadership roles including Director, Vice President of Education, Vice President of the Government & Public Affairs Steering Committee, and as President of the ICCFA from 2002 – 2003. Notably, he founded the ICCFA’s Political Action Committee (PAC) in 2003 and served as chairman for six years. The ICCFA’s PAC has made a tremendous impact on the deathcare profession through its advocacy efforts.

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