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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 September's Issue

  • Grieving Together Julie Mjelve, wife and mother of three, was living with all the normal ups and downs of life until July 21, 2011 – a day that would plunge her into a journey she never wanted to take.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Reaping Rewards The ninth annual Funeral Service Business Plan is bringing together some of the industry's most well-respected experts and thought leaders for a two-day conference.
    By Thomas Parmalee

  • What Comes Next? Funeral directors are charged with helping people through some of the most difficult times in their lives. The need for funeral, and many death-care professionals provide it through aftercare services.
    By Lauren Moore

  • Ones to Watch We asked mortuary programs throughout the country to nominate their best students. See 10 of the individuals who are making the grade this year.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funeral Directors and Memorialization A funeral director's job has many components, including providing families with tools necessary to help them grieve.
    By Rich Darby

  • Google Plus and You Investing even a little bit of time and energy into your firm's business page on Google+ can mean improve local search visibility.
    By Carolyn Holzman

  • Industry Roundtable – Marketing Marketing is an important aspect of any funeral home's business – and there's more to it than you might expect. Our experts offer their best marketing advice.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Truth About Doris In planning a funeral for a dying man, a funeral director learns some life lessons about marriage, life and moving on from the man's wife.
    By Randy Garner

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