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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 March's Issue

  • Funerals of the Famous In Mario Cuomo, New Yorkers got a governor whose humble upbringing inspired his approach to public service
    By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

  • Ebola: Problem Solved To be clear, just because media outlets have moved on to other issues does not mean that Ebola has gone away.
    By Curtis Rostad

  • Protecting Your Business When planning for the future, a succession plan should be carefully thought out and developed – the earlier, the better
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Delivering a Message A western Michigan funeral director is on a mission to alert teens and their parents of the deadly consequences of texting while driving.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Hooked on a Feeling Every Seasoned funeral director knows that downtime in the profession is often precious and short-lived; yet some manage to develop their hobbies despite their hectic schedules.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Making a Comeback After a 23-year absence from the professional vehicle market, the Armbruster-Stageway name has been resurrected by Sean Myers and Richard Lester.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Merging Technology and Tradition The use of modern technology is changing our world faster than ever ... but it can never duplicate the compassion and care provided for a funeral professional.
    By Kahlen Knapik

  • Upsizing Vehicles There's little doubt that we're a nation of contradictions. While our waistlines continue to grow, as vehicle sizes are going in the opposite direction.
    Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funeral Pro Chat In this occasional series, funeral professionals discuss funeral trends. This month, Steve C. Turner chats with trade embalmer Geene Steele about the changing nature of funeral service.

  • Industry Roundtable – Technology As times change, funeral homes are beginning to embrace technology to better serve their families. Our experts weigh in with their insights on how to make technology work for you.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

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