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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 September's Issue

  • Crafting the Ultimate Business Plan The tenth annual Funeral Service Business Plan Conference is bringing together some of the industry's most respected experts and thought leaders for a two-day conference.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Living Your Dash How will your legacy be remembered? YourDash wants to help families create a visual biography that can be passed down to future generations.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • A Conversation with Michael Quinn At the helm of Aurora Casket Co. since 2012, Michael Quinn shares his thoughts on the company's sale to Matthews International and the future of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Marketing In today's world, knowing how to market your business is essential to your bottom line. Our experts focus on best practices and pitfalls to avoid.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • A Dentist Diverted Despite being raised by a family in the funeral business, when Teri Epstein Bretz began college, a career in the death-care industry was the furthest thing from her mind. It was only after becoming a dentist that Bretz changed her mind – and her career.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • "Funeral" for the Living In staging a pre-mortem funeral for her mother, Joan Paal-Fridley was able to bring together people to engage and share memories with the ailing woman to let her know the difference she made in people's lives.
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • Obituaries That Go Viral The modern phenomenon of "going viral" no longer just applies to silly pictures and catchy videos. These days, one funny, unusual or touching line can help an obituary go viral and be read across the globe.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Ones to Watch We asked mortuary programs through out the country to nominate their best students. Learn about four individuals who are making the grade this year.
    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