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 2022 winners below.


Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place

Green Hills Memorial Park – Rancho Palos Verdes, California 

Honorable Mention

Jefferson Memorial Park Paints the Park Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Jefferson Memorial Park, Funeral Home, Crematory & Arboretum – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

Funeral Home

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place and Grand Prize Winner

Star Trek Memorial – Boldly Going Where No Funeral Has Gone Before
Pray Funeral Home Inc. – Charlotte, Michigan 

Honorable Mention

Flanner Buchanan’s Certificate of Service and Challenge Coin Initiative
Flanner Buchanan – Indianapolis, Indiana


Most Personalized Pet Service

First Place

Changing the Lives of Street Dogs
Capillas Señoriales Casa de HomanejasMerida, Mexico 

Honorable Mention

Fox, Canine Hero
Capillas Señoriales
– Guatemala 


Innovative/Personalized Product

First Place

KeepTrack™ – The QR Body Tracking System for Funeral Homes & Crematories
Gather – Meridian, Idaho 

Honorable Mention

Chronicle Cemetery Software – Victoria, Australia

How to Apply

Applications for the 2023 KIP Awards are due Monday, January 8, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST. Please note: Applicants must be ICCFA members in good standing to participate.

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 will be 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 view Doug’s award ceremony, click here.

2024 Lasting Impact Awardee

Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE

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

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.

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 view 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 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.

The ICCFA inducted two extremely worthy individuals, Jim Price, CCFE, CCrE, and Bill Wright, CCE, during the 2022 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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.