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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

  • A Roundabout Way to the Top Wes Johnson is many things ... an Army veteran, accountant, Harley rider and president of a software company that caters exclusively to the death-care profession.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Finding Success in Succession Planning While there are reams of advice on how to sell a funeral home, there is little available on the pitfalls to avoid when making succession plans.
    By Steve Cronin

  • A Four-Step Approach to Business Succession Every business will be sold. The only question is will the business owner be alive to enjoy the fruits of the years of labor.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • Industry Roundtable – Cremation Cremation rates are rising, and many funeral professionals are being forced to address the new reality and provide their customers with the services they want. Our experts weigh in on how they've handled the increase and what the future holds.
    By Steve Cronin

  • An Artist's Vision for Fantastic Caskets In her 14 years in New Orleans, artist Katrina Brees has learned how to celebrate a life instead of mourning a death.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Capturing Life's Moments Photographing a funeral may sound a bit unusual, but deaths, like births are key moments in any family's history.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funerals of the Famous Natalie Cole's optimism through family tragedies and personal struggles was inspiring. Her voice, well, that was simply unforgettable.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Preserving Personal Art They say a tattoo is forever. Now an organization in the Cleveland area is working to make that saying a reality.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Creating a Repeatable, Effective Preneed Process If you do something more than a few times, you just naturally get into a groove. That groove is a process. We all have a process for most of the activities we do.
    By Candace Franco

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