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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

  • Remembering the Forgotten It isn't news that thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed each year. But what is newsworthy is one funeral director's attempts to return these forgotten remains to family members.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Beyond Nuts and Bolts Good financial services firms understand that it is the relationship with the customer, forged through every interaction, that creates the connection with the product and alleviates the feeling of buyers' remorse.
    By Todd Mannix

  • Buying and Selling a Funeral Home The choice to expand a business to a second, third or even fourth location is a major one – as is the decision to sell a family business – and there are many things to consider before signing off on a deal.
    By Lauren Moore

  • The Art of Firing Firing an employee is never easy. But when you have a poor performer on your hands, you can't afford to water your time or money by keeping him or her around.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Case for Accountants Accountants do more than file tax returns; they provide firms with a snapshot of how they're really doing.
    By Daniel M Isard

  • Maximize Your Return on Donations Are you getting the biggest bang for your buck with donations? An organized and selective donation program can help you get the goodwill and name recognition you are seeking.
    By Dawn and David Wagner

  • Beating Biohazards When it comes to facing dangerous bacterial infections, funeral professionals know their profession is at the front lines. But as bacteria become increasingly immune to antibiotics, funeral directors need to be more careful.
    By Andrew Whitmarsh

  • Industry Roundtable – Cremation Arrangements Cremation rates are on the rise all over the country. Our experts weigh in on the different options that are available to cremation families.
    By Lauren Moore

  • Jerome Burke's Literary Agent He wrote "This I Remember: The Memories of a Funeral Director" for years, but what do we really know about Jerome Burke?
    By Mary Agnes Dougherty

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