2003 KIP Award Winners

Product That Personalizes

First Place Winner
Eternal Hills Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home, Klamath Falls, Oregon
Eternal Hills creates a video CD for clients. The family is asked to provide photos, which are scanned and set to music, creating a video eulogy that can be played during visitation and the service...

Honorable Mention
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Seattle, Washington
Evergreen-Washelli has designed an online Personalized Funeral Planner at www.evergreen-washelli.com--a program that allows one to record personal thoughts and wishes pertaining to a memorial service...

Innovative Personalized Product

First Place
Celebritas!, Mill Creek, Washington
Celebritas! designs and produces Moving Lives custom remembrance documentaries. Each is based on imagery and information supplied by families and is created using documentary film techniques...

Honorable Mentions
Trigard, Danville, Illinois
Trigard has created Storybook Collection engraved bronze memorials, precision engravings made from high-quality photographs and recreated in detailed 3D contour relief images telling the story of one's life...

Zachary Douglass LLC, Orem, Utah
Zachary Douglass LLC creates customized memorial programs, archival-quality prints and glass tributes. Families select a custom setting and provide favorite photos and verses, poems or scriptures...

Magic Moments

First Place
Nelsen Funeral Homes and MKJ Marketing, Richmond, Virginia
Nelsen Funeral Homes provides a camera to families prior to the visitation and arrival of friends, along with free developing. This gives the family an opportunity to take pictures with loved ones they may not see on a regular basis...

Honorable Mention
Krause Funeral Home and MKJ Marketing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Krause Funeral Home has created a Remembrance Services book that displays the many extra personalization choices available through the funeral home. Each family is invited to look through the book, discuss any options that interest them...

Most Personalized Service

First Place and Grand Prize Winner
Schoedinger Funeral and Cremation Service, Columbus, Ohio
Schoedinger held an individual memorial service for a Native American, working with the family to arrange the ceremony on the deceased's land following a home visitation in his cabin...

Honorable Mention
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park Co., Seattle, Washington
Evergreen-Washelli held a personalized memorial service by incorporating the deceased's 30-year tow truck career and love of John Deere tractors into the ceremony. Evergreen-Washelli used their fully restored 1938 John Deere tractor and caisson to lead the funeral procession...

Special Events Over $1,000

First Place Winner
Buchanan Group Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Buchanan Group Inc. held its "Play It Safe, Life Awaits" children's bicycle helmet giveaway on April 15, 2003. Over 5,000 bicycle helmets were given away at 18 locations in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Tampa, Florida...

Honorable Mention
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, California
Cypress Lawn Memorial Park held its Chung Yeung Festival of Remembrance, a Chinese festival for the dead, October 4-5, 2003. Buddhist monks performed special ceremonies in a large tent where the service was performed...

Special Events Under $1,000

First Place Winner
The Tribute Co./Pinelawn Memorial Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
In spring 2003, Pinelawn Memorial Park held a "Grief Garden" theme remembrance service for all families who had a burial in the cemetery during the past year. Grief and bereavement support group speakers based the service on the symbolism of the grieving process recognized through nature...

Honorable Mention
Chandler Funeral Home and MKJ Marketing, Wilmington, Delaware
For several years, Chandler Funeral Home has hosted many community seminars dealing with estate planning, grief and cremation. Seeing a need to address the pain of pet owners following the loss of a family pet, Chandler held a Pet Loss Seminar in 2003...