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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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- Timothy E.Ryan, Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Homes

In July's Issue

  • A Community's Embrace A viral social media message unites a community and results in a moving tribute to a Navy veteran.
    By Dean Lambert

  • Listening to Cremation XXII You might imagine after 22 years of measuring cremation sales versus burial sales that we would have seen about every combination of outcomes. If so, you would be incorrect.
    By David Nixon

  • The Queen of Empire State Funerals Retires Bonnie McCullough leaves the New York State Funeral Directors Association with a legacy of accomplishment and a host of admirers.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Industry Roundtable – Marketing Marketing is an important component of any funeral home's business. Our experts weigh in on what is necessary in this ever-changing business environment.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Ask About the Kids Often it is the children who are forgotten about during funeral arrangements. But by asking about the children, it puts you in a position to make helpful suggestions to assist them through the grieving process.
    By Lee Barringer

  • Change ... Or Prepare to Go Away "This is how we've always done it." How many times have those seven words been uttered at your firm? If it's part of your regular vocabulary, you may want to change your way of thinking ... before it's too late.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Churches Set Their Sights on Columbaria The rise in cremation is prompting many churches to construct columbaria on their properties.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Rolling into Gettysburg The Professional Car Society is set to celebrate its 40th Annual International Meet in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,in a big way.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

In Every Issue


Awards

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