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2013 Innovation Award Finalists



2013 Innovation Award Winner


Voting has closed. Congratulations to funeralOne, winner of the 2013 NFDA Innovation Award  Finalists are listed in alphabetical order

funeralOne f1Connect Mobile Websites

Funeral One Mobile site

The reason f1Connect mobile websites are so unique in the profession is that we’re the only truly mobile optimized website out there. Unlike most website providers, we didn’t just take the easy route by simply making our website templates viewable on a mobile phone. Why? Because what mobile users are looking for and how they interact with funeral home websites is completely different than desktop users.  That’s why we started from scratch and built our mobile websites from the ground-up.... Read Full Submission

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Finalists are listed in alphabetical order

The Dodge Company Capture Bead Keepsakes

Capture Bead Keepsakes by Deana Marie Designs are heirloom quality flower inclusion jewelry and keepsakes made in Michigan with your client's flowers. Petals are encapsulated and transformed into elegant gifts. Deana lost her father and grandparents within a few months of each other and was looking for a creative way to preserve the flowers. She remembered making flower petal beads with her grandmother when she was a little girl and decided to try and preserve the petals and that memory at the same time. She experimented until she came up with a mixture that produced a beautiful, durable bead. Drawing on her fashion degree, she designed traditional and contemporary pieces of jewelry. Each CBK piece is uniquely tied to the individual personally like no other product. Clients may have jewelry boxes filled with gold and jewels that have more monetary value, but none they will treasure more than a Capture Bead Keepsake custom made for them with a tangible memory of their loved one... Read Full Submission

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Doric Products, Inc DoricLink™


Doric Products has unveiled the first and currently only iPad® app for burial vault selection, called DoricLink™. There is a constant subject on the minds of funeral professionals these days regarding the way the industry is rapidly changing and that the times of traditional funeral planning is becoming a thing of the past. Funeral directors are looking towards innovative products and technologies to keep up with the new expectations of their customers. To help funeral directors fulfill these expectations, Doric has developed an application to help with presenting vaults and other burial items from the Doric product line to the families they serve. It is designed to aid funeral directors when talking about the features of each Doric product, why there is a necessity for these products and showcases the entire Doric product line....Read Full Submission

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LifeArt International LifeArt Online Casket Designer

With the launch of the online casket designer, LifeArt brings the benefits of its rapid production technology into the funeral home, making it easier and more profitable to serve the cremation casket customer. The customer can access the online casket designer either from the funeral home’s website, or directly on the LifeArt website. Customers can upload photos and images, edit and manipulate files, symbols, colours, patterns, and words and see the results from all sides on a rotating 3D model of the casket. The 3D model of the custom casket can be shared with family and friends. When completed, the design is then sent to LifeArt for manufacture via the funeral homes online ordering portal... Read Full Submission


Sculpted In Serenity 3D Laser Sculpted Memorial Portraits

Serenity Sculpture George Jones

As you know, one of the greatest ways to honor or acknowledge an individual is to have their image or likeness sculpted into a statue or bust especially on a grand scale such as the magnificent carvings at Mount Rushmore, or the most recently placed statue of Dr. Martin Luther King in Washington D.C. In ancient Greece and in Rome, the erection of a portrait statue in a public place was almost the highest mark of honor, and the ambition of the elite. The only thing better was to have their image placed on a coin. Fast forward to now and we present Sculpted In Serenity... Read Full Submission

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Entries are judged by a panel of funeral directors who rank all entries according to their originality and uniqueness, quality and design, practicality and sustainability and benefit and value. The rankings determine the five finalists. Funeral directors will vote for the Innovation Award Winner.  All Funeral Professionals will had the opportunity to vote for their favorite Innovation Award entry beginning July 8th. Voting closed September 16th. Click here to view all of the 2013 Innovation Award Entries.
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