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ICCFA Names 2015 “Keeping It Personal” Award Winners

February 14, 2016

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ICCFA Names 2015 “Keeping It Personal” Award Winners

STERLING, VA (February 11, 2016)—The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) has named its 2015 KIP (Keeping It Personal) Award winners, recognizing the best in personalization in the cemetery and funeral service profession.
Created by the ICCFA Personalization Committee, the KIP program honors recipients in five categories: Best Practices/Personal Touch; Most Personalized Service/Memorial; Events; Innovative Personalized Product (suppliers only); and Most Personalized Pet Service/Memorial.


This year’s contest attracted 32 entries from the United State and Canada. Communications and marketing professionals from outside the cemetery and funeral service profession performed the judging.

Information on the winners is available on the ICCFA website at Applications for the 2016 KIP Awards will be available from ICCFA this spring. ICCFA congratulates the winners and all who entered the 2015 KIP Awards.


The winners are as follows:



First Place and Grand Prize Winner

SCI/Striffler-Hamby at Park Hill Cemetery: Personalization for a Young Fisherman’s Visitation

Columbus, Georgia



First Place

Rose Hill Cemetery of Hagerstown Maryland: Cremation Memorial

Hagerstown, Maryland


Honorable Mention

Cook Funeral and Cremation Services (Cook Family Services): A Holiday Remembrance

Grandville, Michigan



First Place

Catholic Cemeteries Archdiocese of Newark: Birdhouse Event

Newark, New Jersey


Honorable Mention

Cook Funeral and Cremation Services (Cook Family Services): Widows and Widowers Picnic

Grandville, Michigan



First Place

Cemetery360: Virtual Reality Experience

Sacramento, California


Honorable Mention

Answering Service for Directors: Web Chat Connect

Media, Pennsylvania


Honorable Mention

Frazer Consultants: Tribute e-Guest

Middleton, Wisconsin


Honorable Mention

FrontRunner Professional: Simpler Times

Kingston, Ontario, Canada



First Place

Beyond the Rainbow Pet Hospice & Memorial Center: Honoring the Life and Service of Pepper

Fort Worth, Texas

Grand prize winner SCI/Striffler-Hamby at Parkhill Cemetery receives a free registration to the 2016 ICCFA Annual Convention & Exposition, April 13-16, at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. All first-place and honorable mention winners will be recognized at the convention and in ICCFA Magazine.


Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization industry. Its membership is composed of more than 9,100 rooftop locations and 18,000 professionals in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, as well as memorial designers and related businesses worldwide. To learn more, please visit or connect with ICCFA on Facebook and Twitter.