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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 December's Issue

  • Funeral Director of the Year This year, we celebrate Rodney Nay as the recipient of our 2014 Funeral Director of the Year award, for his steadfast dedication to the profession and the families he serves.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funerals of the Famous When Joan Rivers died in September, the Big Apple gasped at the sudden and unexpected loss of the brash, native New Yorker.
    By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

  • Year in Review No doubt about it, 2014 was a big news year for the death-care industry. Here is a snapshot of the stories that had funeral service talking.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Art from Ashes Adam Brown was able to integrate cremated remains into a portrait, and that has propelled him in a new artistic direction – "Art From Ashes."
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • CANA Statistics The day that cremation will surpass burial as a means of disposition on a national basis continues to creep closer, and funeral professionals need to do a better job of preparing for it.
    By Thomas Parmalee

  • Read 'Em and Weep "Why is cremation increasing so fast?" They are asking the wrong question. The right question is, "How did casketing stay as the mainstream decision for so long?"
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • What You Must Know About Ebola As death-care professionals, it is critical to understand the facts about Ebola and how to protect yourself.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Meet the New Exhibitors Learn about some of the new and up-and-coming companies that exhibited this year at the National Funeral Directors Association International Convention and Exposition in Nashville, Tennessee.
    By Gretchen Van Benthuysen

  • Industry Roundtable – Preneed Preneed is becoming more essential to the death-care industry – for both clients and funeral professionals.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

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