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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

  • "The Greatest" Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions the world has seen, with courage, conviction and wit that made him an inspirational figure.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Come with Ideas ... Leave with a Plan The Eleventh Annual Funeral Service Business Plan Conference will bring together the most powerful superheroes in funeral service for a two-day conference.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Working with a Lender to Achieve Your Goals Obtaining financing can be a daunting process. Rest assured, there are ways to make the process less painful.
    By Melissa A. Drake and Kathy D. Williams

  • Industry Roundtable – Preneed – Part II In the second part of our preneed roundtable, our experts weigh in on the relationship between preneed sales and interest rates, cremation and technology.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Ones to Watch We asked mortuary programs throughout the country to nominate their best students. Meet six students who are poised to make an impact on the funeral profession.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Cremation Business Blueprint: Providing a Great Experience To B. Joseph Pine II, businesses need to create experiences for customers that engage them in a personal and memorable way ... including funerals.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Celebrating a Life with Mountain Dew The rise in cremation is prompting many churches to construct columbaria on their properties.
    By Steve Cronin

  • HR Reality Check A well-written employee handbook should cover medical leave and the company's return to work policy.
    By Stephanie Ramsey

  • Goodbye to a Seafarer For many sailors, surfers and anglers, life on the water is the best part of their life on earth. So it's no wonder families try to incorporate this love of sea in their loved ones' funerals.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Putting the "Director" Back in Funeral Director One characteristic seems to be separating the good funeral directors from the great funeral directors: the ability to listen.
    By Charles Anderson and Jon O'Hara

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