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American Funeral Director, the leading independent trade magazine for funeral directors and other funeral service professionals, is in its 140th year of publication. The monthly publication offers original reporting, analysis and business solutions on the issues most important to funeral professionals: cremation, preneed, technology, social media, human resources and more.

Published monthly (12 issues per year)

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

In May's Issue

  • Funerals of the Famous Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher embraced life. So when it came time to memorialize mother and daughter, a somber ceremony just would not do.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Precoa and The Outlook Group Join Forces A chance meeting in 2015 between the presidents of Precoa and The Outlook Group has led, nearly two years later, to the merger of the two companies.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Getting the Most Out of Facebook Funeral Innovations co-founder Zack Garbow talks about the power of Facebook for businesses, and a new partnership with Kates-Boylston Publications.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Industry Roundtable – Education Funeral service is changing, and in many ways, so are mortuary schools. Our experts weigh in on the changing landscape and what the future holds.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Sharing the Benefits of Preneed via Social Media Social media is increasingly proving to be an effective part of a robust preneed marketing strategy. It just makes sense to communicate with families through the platforms where they are already sharing their stories.
    By Alyssa McNab

  • Preneed Does Not Have to be a "Necessary Evil" While some funeral professionals may look at preneed as a "necessary evil" because it is something that must be done, operating an active preneed program offers many benefits.
    By Paul Lovelace

  • Viewpoint: Defining Home Funeral Guides It's not lost on most people I speak to about home funerals that the term is the mirror opposite of what they are used to hearing.
    By Lee Webster

  • Don't Stop Wagging Your Tail Burnout is a detriment to our livelihood. Try to live, love and laugh while wagging your tail as you howl at the moon or engage in some other stress reliever.
    By Ann Marie St. George

  • Once Upon a Time ... The Power of Storytelling in Funeral Service The funeral director depends on the power of storytelling. STORYTELLING. Yes, that's right – bold, italicized and capitalized.
    By Jill Karn

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