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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 July's Issue

  • Life Is a Stage ... It's a fact of life that funeral service is experiencing a time of great change. Gerald S. Givnish and James W. Cummings recognized this and launched a business to help fulfill the unmet desires of consumers.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Listening to Cremation: Part XXI Entering its third decade, results from the annual study have reached a pivotal point – for the first time in 21 years, the Cremation Recovery Percentage topped 50 percent.
    By David Nixon

  • The How and Why of Cremation Pricing After spending several years exploring the DNA of funeral homes, there is now a better understanding of how to set cremation prices.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • Industry Roundtable – Celebrants As the nature of funeral service continues to change, professional celebrants have become more of a presence in the industry. Our experts weigh in on why celebrant popularity is on the rise and what celebrants are able to provide to bereaved families.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • The Death Class A "Death in Perspective" class at aNew Jersey university became the foundation for the book, "The DeathClass: A True Story about Life." As the author learned firsthand, the course is about much more than death, dying and bereavement.
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • Bringing Their "A-Game" It was perhaps the last place they wanted to end up, but in the 29 years since they purchased Kayser's Chapel of Memories & Crematory in MosesLake, Washington, Ronda and Jerry Kayser have transformed the then-troubled operation into a successful business ... but that's just part of the story.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Four Things Families Don't Know About Cremation Imagine you are helping a family celebrate the life of a loved one. You begin discussing their options, and they mention cremation. Is sending a family home with an urn for their mantel enough?
    By Rich Darby

  • Below the Surface No one in our industry needs convincing that times have changed,and consumer needs along with them. The question isn't if we should serve families differently than in the past, but how.
    By Todd Darland

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