2006 KIP Award Winners

Most Personalized Service or Memorial

First Place and Grand Prize Winner
Bringhurst Funeral Home/West Laurel Hill Cemetery
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Deborah Cassidy, Director, Family Services
Bringhurst Funeral Home provided extensive personalized service for the family of a young girl who died in a car accident. Staff extended their hours to assist the family and provided additional rooms for family and friends to eat, sleep and grieve. Message boards, memory cards, and notebooks were made available for family and friends to write thoughts and memories.

Honorable Mention
Miller-Jones Mortuary Inc.
Hemet, California
Charlotte Jones, Marketing Manager
After the tragic deaths of four Forest Service firefighters battling the Esperanza Wildfire, Miller Jones Mortuary erected temporary memorial walls on the front lawns of their six mortuaries and created an online memorial Website. The funeral home also provided a personalized service for one of the fallen firefighters, incorporating a popcorn machine, memorial t-shirts, a stuffed bear and quilt.


First Place
City of Surrey Cemetery
Surrey, British Columbia
Debbie Sproule, Cemetery Services Coordinator
The City of Surrey Cemetery partnered with the community to implement an "Operation Remembrance" program with the purpose of acknowledging, naming and honoring the veterans who rest in unmarked graves. Markers were placed on more than 30 unmarked graves, and the year-long effort ended with a dedication ceremony.

Honorable Mention
Suhor Industries/SI Memorial
Overland Park, Kansas
Dennis, Welzenbach, CEO/CFO
and InQuest Marketing
Leawood, Kansas
Alan Chapman, Consultant
(In conjunction with Hixon Funeral Homes and Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Charles, Louisiana)
SI Memorial and two local funeral homes joined forces to provide a dedication ceremony commemorating the year-long restoration of the city's cemeteries that were damaged by Hurricane Rita. The ceremony included speakers, a choir and a shrimp boil. SI Memorial and the funeral homes donated a time capsule and a stone memorial for the occasion.

Best Practices/Personal Touch

First Place

Eternal Hills
Klammath Falls, Oregon
Tim Lancaster, Executive Vice President
Eternal Hills offers families a variety of packages with extended services, including heaters for winter, fans for summer, beverages, a sound system and more.

Innovative Personalized Product

First Place Winner

Inevitable Exodus
Ottawa, Ontario
Corinne LaVictoire, President
Comfort Cub, created by Inevitable Exodus Inc., is a teddy bear with a customizable locket/urn inside. The locket can hold photos, a lock of hair, cremated remains, flower petals, earth from a burial site and more.

Honorable Mention
Cremation Solutions
Arlington, Vermont
Jeff Staab, President
Cremation Solutions offers Birdhouse Memorial Urns. The wooden urns store ashes, but can be opened up with ease for those who wish to scatter the remains. The urn can then be turned into a birdhouse memorial.