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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 January's Issue

  • The Idea Man From death comes life. It may sound impossible, but for Mark Alhermizi,the founder and CEO of Requiem, it's true.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • The New, New Marketing The world is rapidly changing, but some in funeral service still don't realize they also have to change the way they market their business.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • The Role of the Three Media Three terms have become popular in the modern marketing world – paid, owned and earned media. Which are right for you?
    By Joseph Weigel

  • Industry Roundtable – Urns While there has been a lot of talk about the rising cremation rate, there's been less conversation about urns. Our experts weigh in on their importance.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Protecting Your Online Reputation Nothing is more important than your reputation ... especially in the death-care industry.
    By Welton Hong

  • Presidential Trivia How well do you know your presidential inauguration trivia?
    By Harold Ivan Smith

  • Death Doulas and Funeral Service When most Americans hear the word "doula" they probably think about birth – not death.
    By Cole Imperi

  • Doing Business Better in 2017 It's more important than ever for funeral professionals to serve their customers in the ways they want to be served.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Passed and Present In her latest book, "Passed and Present," author Allison Gilbert provides simple, thoughtful and meaningful ways of remembering.
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • A Special Touch While all funeral homes pride themselves on providing stellar at-need service, some are also taking their aftercare programs to the next level.
    By Steve Cronin

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