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American Funeral Director, the leading independent trade magazine for funeral directors and other funeral service professionals, is in its 134th year of publication, continuously featuring content pertaining to cremation, preneed, funeral business topics, professional vehicles, computers/software, insurance, funeral service history, business tips/tools and other content of specific interest to those working inside and allied to the profession.
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In April's Issue

  • Movers and Shakers Few in funeral service would dispute that the industry is slow to embrace change. That doesn't mean there aren't people out there trying to shake things up.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Latest Technology The death-care profession may be a time-honored tradition, but that doesn't mean there isn't a place for the latest innovations.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Consistently Delivering WOW! In this first of a series of articles, the focus will be on marketing segmentation: what it is and why it's good for individual businesses and our industry.
    By Todd Darland

  • How to Sell High-End Urns As forward-looking funeral homes add cremation services to their offerings, they will be happy to know that many clients will spend as much on an urn as others will spend on a casket.
    By David Orth

  • The Rolls-Royce of Casket Companies Marsellus Casket Co. holds a storied spot in funeral service history. Started by a man whose nickname was "Whiskers," the company went on to become what many in the industry describe as "the Rolls-Royce of casket companies."
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Reaching Out to Hospice Dedicated funeral directors have a passion for serving families at one of the most difficult times in their lives. Hospice professionals share the same passion. So why is there a disconnect between the two professions? How can these challenges be overcome?
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Remaining Relevant in the Post-Funeral Age Whenever I become pessimistic about my chosen profession due to the rise of cremation, I remind myself it could be worse.
    By Brent Taylor

  • Funeral Pro Chat In this occasional series, funeral professionals discuss funeral trends. This month, Richard Traunero discusses how he uses his piloting skills to help patients and animals.

  • Industry Roundtable – Cremation Arrangements Funeral professionals need to be able to meet – and exceed – the wants and needs of consumers who prefer cremation. Our experts weigh in on how to better serve their needs during the arrangement process.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

In Every Issue


Association of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE)
  • Silver Award Special Section, "Katrina's Wake,” November 2005
  • Gold Award Publication Re-design, 2004
  • Silver Award Best News Article, "Start Scrubbing Your Call Lists,” September 2003
United Communications Group (UCG)
  • First Place Good Writing, "After the Fire," April 2007
  • Third Place Best Interpretive/Analytical Reporting, "Rosa Parks: Making History in Life and Death," January 2006
  • Honorable Mention Good Writing, "When War Hits Home," December 2006
  • Second Place Good Writing, "Survivor Louisiana,” November 2005
  • Third Place Best Interpretive/Analytical Reporting, "Katrina's Wake,” November 2005
  • Honorable Mention Good Writing, "Timothy E. Ryan Home for Funerals Profile,” August 2005
Specialized Information Publishers Association (SIPA)
  • Second Place Best Investigative Reporting: "Clayton Smart Saga"
  • First Place Best Spot/Exclusive News Story: “Case Closed,” December 2005
  • Honorable Mention Best Exclusive News Story: “Survivor Louisiana,” November 2005