The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is thrilled to announce the launch of the 40 Under 40 Award program. This recognition celebrates the exceptional achievements of young professionals in the death-care profession, highlighting their outstanding leadership, innovation, and community engagement.

The ICCFA 40 Under 40 Award program honors the best and brightest up-and-coming individuals in the death-care profession, showcasing their remarkable contributions and inspiring excellence. These young leaders, including cemeterians and funeral directors to managers, administrators, crematory operators, maintenance supervisors, suppliers, and more, are shaping the future of our profession.

Key Dates and Deadlines
  • July 1, 2024: Nominations open.
  • Sept. 3, 2024: Nominations closed.
  • Oct. 16, 2024: Honorees announced at Fall Leadership Summit in San Antonio.
  • Dec. 2024: Honorees published in Memento Mori.

Nominees must be 39 or younger as of August 31, 2024, and working in any capacity within the death-care profession. Those submitting nominations must be an ICCFA member in good standing.


The 40 Under 40 Award honorees will be featured in the December issue of the Memento Mori magazine, displayed on ICCFA social media and online platforms, recognized at the 2025 ICCFA Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, and awarded a $500 educational scholarship from the ICCFA Educational Foundation to put toward the registration fee to attend the 2025 Fall Leadership Summit. Honorees will be expected to pay the difference between the registration rate and the scholarship. This opportunity offers visibility, networking with death-care leaders, and development.

For more information about the ICCFA 40 Under 40 Award program, including nomination guidelines and eligibility criteria, please visit

Founded in 1887, the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all cemetery, cremation, funeral and memorialization segments. The association is comprised of more than 10,000 members in the cemetery, funeral home and crematory industries, supplier and related businesses worldwide. 

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