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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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"I'm an avid American Funeral Director reader and my business thrives as a result."
- Timothy E.Ryan, Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Homes

In July's Issue

  • A Lifelong Passion for Funeral Service - Frankie L. Washington steps up to lead the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Listening to Cremation XXIII - The results for 2016 indicate a resurgence for burial sales. This time it was at the expense of the cremation recovery.
    By David Nixon

  • The Past, Present and Future of Cremation - If we don't understand the history of cremation, we are ill-equipped to deal with the results of the past.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • Million Dollar Mistakes - When it comes to cremation, mistakes can be expensive - really expensive. They can be also be bad for business, and in some cases grounds for suspension or license revocation.
    By Emily Ann Albrecht

  • Dream Team - It is important to understand that as an owner or manager, your role on your team is to be the coach - directing, instructing and training each team member in the role they need to fill.
    By Erin Whitaker

  • Succeeding at Social Media - Everyone has heard the talk these days: To succeed at marketing, a funeral home needs to have an active presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Rolling into Missouri - The Professional Car Society is set to celebrate its 41st Annual International Meet in Lebanon, Missouri, in a big way - and with a familiar face as its host.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable - Marketing - The heart of any business success lies in its marketing. Our experts weigh in on how to develop a marketing plan, how to market to grow your business and more.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

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