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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 May's Issue

  • Country Music's Ambassador At just 4 feet 11 inches tall, Little Jimmy Dickens was not a big man. But for country music fans, there was no one bigger – or more loved.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Preneed with a Purpose While prefunding final arrangements may save a family money, saving money is not the primary driver for most families. Rather, it's something more basic.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Preneed Marketing: Dollars and Sense No matter how much you decide to spend on marketing, you need to understand it's not going to be a transactional process – but that's not a reason not to invest in a marketing strategy.
    By Todd D. Mannix

  • Industry Roundtable – Education When it comes to the profession of funeral director, it all starts at mortuary school. Just like the industry itself, mortuary schools have been faced with a changing landscape. Our experts weigh in on the state of mortuary school education.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Secret to Success Pays Off The determination and drive to serve families in any way possible has helped Howard K. Hill stand out as a successful and dedicated funeral director. Those traits will now help him as the president of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Death Care's Secret Society If there were an organization in the death-care profession that could be considered a secret society, it would have to be The Toppers.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Until Death Do Us Part? It's my practice to read hotel reviews and make carefully considered reservations before we go on a trip, and that's how I wanted to deal with my final destination. My husband didn't want to have that conversation.
    By Sybil Sage

  • Optimizing Business Opportunities with Different Family Types Understanding how the four different groups of family decision-makers approach funerals and funeral planning is critical to serving families better and running a more profitable business.
    By Todd Darland

  • Preneed & Cremation Go Hand-in-Hand We have come a long way in our understanding of cremation consumers. So, why is it that if 40 percent of at-need services result in a cremation that 40 percent or more of prearrangements are not for cremation services?
    By Daniel M. Isard

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