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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 February's Issue

  • A Vehicle for Healing John Paul Staab II didn't enjoy history in high school. But when the president of Staab Funeral Homes in Springfield, Illinois, got the chance to make some history of his own, he fully embraced the opportunity.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Peace of Mind It takes just one screaming headline about a wrong body being cremated start other cremation families wondering if the cremated remains have in their possession are really those of their loved one. To remove doubt, forward-thinking crematories and funeral homes with an on-site crematory are providing families with peace of mind.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • A New Option In a move that may have surprised many, Foundation Partners Group announced last year it was launching the nation's newest cremation provider, Right Choice Cremation, in Ocala, Florida, and Aiken, South Carolina.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Welcome Aboard What your new employee sees, hears, learns and feels on the first days and weeks on the job will form the foundation of his or her employee experience.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Design and Architecture Everyone wants their business to look its best, so we reached out to industry experts for their advice.
    By Steve Cronin

  • How is Hospice Changing Funeral Service? Likely in too many ways to count. We need to anticipate those changes continuing and prepare for the accompanying opportunities and challenges.
    By Pam Kleese and Kim Medici Shelquist

  • Religious Neutrality Funeral professionals serve families of a variety of religious and cultural backgrounds, and we must know about supporting rituals and symbolism.
    By Lee Barringer

  • Success – Sticking to Your Guns In today's marketplace, we are so busy trying to compete with "the other guys" that we forget what kind of business we set out to be.
    By Rich Darby

  • A New Dimension in Personalized Service Why not deliver your own eulogy? That's the sales pitch the president of AIM Holographics is giving as he markets his latest offering – a six-minute holographic film.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Funerals of the Famous While Ben Bradlee may have been a member of the media elite who operated in the upper echelons of Washington, D.C. high society, at his core he was a deadline-driven, exclusive-hungry newspaperman.
    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