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Page A28 november 2023 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Section A 1-888-792-9315 • Scan QR for our website Cots not included MODEL # TR3 Triple Cot Roll-In Mortuary Cooler AMC N W FAST SHIPPING AVAILABLE ON SELECT PRODUCTS ©adfinity® Independently owned by licensed funeral director Dave McComb, Inman Shipping Worldwide offers unmatched integrity and expertise. We have more than 40 years of experience bringing loved ones home for ceremony. We offer: • International & domestic ship-in services • Unsurpassed attention to detail • State-of-the-art tracking software • 24/7 call center staffed by Inman employees WE GIVE YOU MORE TIME TO SERVE your families Contact us today to learn more. (800) 321-0566 • 2023 NFDA International Convention & Expo Post-Convention Highlights ed mobile organizer for information a family will need during their hardest moments. The encrypted web app leads users through 12 open-response questions, selected through careful research, to create a digital trail of practical instructions to share with loved ones. Topics include finances, insurance, personal property, important documents, passwords and important people. There is no subscription or annual fee required to create a Life Map – just a one-time payment; users can edit their Life Map at any time. Founder Matan Lushkov reflected on his experience at the NFDA conference sharing a few thoughts, “Every industry should be open to innovation. We should constantly ask ourselves: am I/are we doing the best we can? How can we better serve those around us?; Our passions should drive our behaviors. I am so humbled by the feedback I got from various people about an app that came to life from my own challenges of losing my father and wanting to help others avoid (or at least minimize) feeling what my family and I felt.; Regardless of our age, health, or other challenges in life, we should keep looking for a way to leave the world a better place for those who come after us.; and Do good while doing well. Challenge yourself to do well for yourself and your family, but don’t forget to do some good along the way.” Judges for the 2023 Innovation Award were Benny Capaul, Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, MI; Brian Van Heck, Posey Funeral Directors, North Augusta, SC; Katey Houston, Return Home, Auburn, WA; Lanae Strovers, Hamilton’s Funeral Home, Des Moines, IA; Matt Bailey, Bailey Family Funeral Homes, Wallingford, CT; Mike Burns, Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, Pittsburgh, PA; Timothy P. McLoone, William R. May Funeral Home, Glenside, PA; Valerie Janusz, Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Home, Milwaukee, WI; and Welton Hong, Ring Ring Marketing, Las Vegas, NV. Established in 2009, the NFDA Innovation Award recognizes and promotes creativity, innovation and excellence among funeral service suppliers and vendors. Bluewater Voyage Buoy Wins 2023 NFDA Innovation Award BROOKFIELD,WI— The National Funeral Directors Association presented the 2023 NFDA Innovation Award to Bluewater Voyage Buoy during its International Convention & Expo. Coming in second place was the Tug-Along by Mortuary Lift Company; and Matan’s Life Map took third place. The Bluewater Voyage Buoy offers a completely new method for scattering cremated remains at sea. Once the cremated remains ashes are packed inside the buoy, a Bluewater Voyage vessel will deploy it into the gulfstream for a year-long adventure. Sensors in the buoy connect with an online portal through which family and friends can track their loved one’s cremated remains across every swell and wave. Once the buoy is deployed, one of three things will happen: at any given point during the trip the family can scuttle (sink) the buoy to become a permanent grave marker in the ocean; if the buoy gets within less than 100 ft of water, it will be scuttled to prevent it from washing up on shore; or, at the 365.5 day mark, the buoy will be scuttled to become a permanent grave marker on the ocean floor. Katie Hill, president and CEO of Mortuary Lift Company, says, “We are thrilled and so grateful to our industry and clients for inspiring us to keep reaching higher. It was really important to us that we had a handheld device weighing in at less than 20 pounds. Funeral home workers deserve to benefit from technology advancements and have suppliers who want to service them that way. So this award feels really great!” The funeral industry is changing. Funeral homes are doing more with less staff, and often those staff members are women. It’s not always possible to send two staff persons, which can make getting a stretcher into a removal vehicle difficult, particularly large decedents. Mortuary Lift Company’s Tug-Along is a portable, universal, light and inexpensive device that connects to the seatbelt of any vehicle and makes loading a stretcher into a removal vehicle easy. Unlike other devices designed to assist with loading stretchers, Tug-Along does not require permanent installation in the funeral vehicle. Tug-Along is not permanently mounted and can be transferred to any vehicle in your fleet, allowing any operator to pull up to 1000 pounds. Matan’s Life Map was born of one man’s experience of losing his father too soon, and whose path through grief was fraught with avoidable pitfalls. Life Map is a guidNow is the PERFECT time to order the PERFECT gifts! 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