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2001 KIP Award Winners

      
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Special Events Over $1,000

1st Place and Grand Prize Winner

Fernando Aguilar and Francisco Valencia
Los Parques Cemetery (Cementerio Los Parques)
Guatemala

Los Parques cemetery celebrates the Day of the Dead with a tradition based on local Indian (Mayan) myths. Families create giant kites and fly them in the cemetery to block evil souls from disturbing the good souls.

Judges' comments:

  • Good combination of fun, tradition and remembrance.
  • Good marriage of culture and cemetery.
  • Great! Meets customer needs on a variety of levels, builds awareness and reinforces community's culture.
  • This one is my favorite! I wish we had more cultural festivites like this one. It is very creative, and encourages others to get involved, remembers loved ones and celebrates.
  • I like the fact that they made it a fun occasion, kept statistics of the number of invitees, etc.

Special Events Under $1,000

1st Place

John R. Herzig, CFSP
Toland-Herzig Funeral Homes
Dover, Ohio

Toland-Herzig Funeral Home's Gift From the Heart Program was a Valentine's Day blood drive for people to donate blood in memory of a loved one.

Judges' comments:

  • Excellent. Remember the dead, help the living.
  • Extremely related. Makes sense. Nice connection that reinforces caring image of company.
  • A wonderful public relations opportunity, as well as a good opportunity to give life back into the community. Though not original these days, I like that they did it.
  • Excellent idea.
  • A way to invite families to come in, give blood and renew the connection with the funeral home and staff.


Honorable Mentions

James Quinn
Bluff City Cemetery
Elgin, Illinois

Bluff City Cemetery co-sponsors a memorial walk for families who have experienced miscarriage or still birth and were unable to bury their infant or buried their baby out-of-state.

Judges' comments:

  • Great concept! These people are often not recognized or easily forgotten.
  • Nice concept. Good response. Very effective for investment.
  • Good public relations opportunity for cemetery.
  • Great idea for people who really need it.


Kathleen Purdie
White Haven Memorial Park
Pittsford, New York

White Haven Memorial Park's Valentine's Service is a non-religious, casual support service for those who have lost loved ones during the previous year and the community at large.

Judges' comments:

  • Nice touch and important to remember.
  • Hits the bullseye. Broad appeal, personalized, good response, unique.
  • This is the perfect time to remember loved ones -- though not original -- I do like the intentions at Valentine's Day.
  • Good idea, the more diverse and secular the better.

Magic Moments

1st Place

Slivy Edmonds Cotton
Perpetua Holding/Wade Funeral Home & Florist
St. Louis, Missouri

As a gift and memento, Wade Funeral Home sends a crystal egg to each family three months after the service, at the point when families feel their loss has been forgotten.

Judges' comments:

  • Love the idea! To follow up three months later is very thoughtful.
  • Very classy and thoughtful.
  • The idea of showing concern when a family thinks it is gone is great.
  • Nice after-service program.


Honorable Mentions

Suzanne Van Cura
White Haven Memorial Park
Pittsford, New York

White Haven Memorial Park suggests that families light a memorial candle as part of the funeral service, and keep the candle to light when thinking of the deceased.

Judges' comments:

  • Highly effective practice, interactive, simple, low/no cost. Appears to be common practice, but this group takes it to the next level.
  • Thoughtful and not too "sappy." Helps the person to grieve in their own way.
  • This one touched me personally, much more than the others. I think the lighting of a candle and holding a lit candle are significantly meaningful for depicting the emotions of the situation. I also very much like the concept of the candle being lit whenever the sadness becomes too much (personal and creative). And, the candle "lighting the way for tomorrow" also is great and perhaps White Haven could use that.


B. David Daly, CCFE
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home asks all attending a service to write down a memory of the deceased to leave for the family.

Judges' comments:

  • Nice remembrance.
  • Expected, but very personal and "touching." Effective in its simplicity.
  • Wonderful way to share moments.
  • This is very good, and appropriate as a magic moment.
  • Nice. Simple. Easy to do. Nice "leave behind" for the family.

Products That Personalize

1st Place

Mike Johnson
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Seattle, Washington

Evergreen-Washelli Funeral Home has developed a detailed guideline to help people who are preplanning their funerals record their autobiography to leave to descendants.

Judges' comments:

  • Great way to remember the past and paint a portrait of an individual's life.
  • A lot of work, but nicely organized.
  • Exremely personalizaed. Relatively low cost. Very touching, high value product/service.
  • A very nice, thoughtful way to help those "pre-planning" cope with life and celebrate it, and leave something personal to memorialize them.
  • This is the most creative entry, and, of course, has the potential to be highly personal and meaningful.
  • I like this very much ... A wonderful way for people to capture their life and leave it for the loved ones. Plus, it's something that is cost-effective and easy to carry on.


Honorable Mention

Slivy Edmonds Cotton
Perpetua Holding/Wade Funeral Home & Florist
St. Louis, Missouri

Wade Funeral Home is building "sets" to encourage families to be creative about visitations. Sets so far include "traditional parlor funeral," "sports theme" and "Big Momma's kitchen."

Judges' comments:

  • Interesting.
  • Celebrates life.
  • This sounds hilarious -- a little on the outrageous side -- but would definitely be an event to remember, while making the ceremony a little easier to handle.
  • This is a great idea and quite personal, meaningful and creative.
  • Nice way to bring "warmth" to the event. Think about expanding the selections to represent various cultures. Nice way to generate ongoing business from various groups.