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American Funeral Director, the leading independent trade magazine for funeral directors and other funeral service professionals, is in its 140th year of publication. The monthly publication offers original reporting, analysis and business solutions on the issues most important to funeral professionals: cremation, preneed, technology, social media, human resources and more.

Published monthly (12 issues per year)

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- Timothy E.Ryan, Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Homes

In August's Issue

  • Somewhere on the Beach - By listening to the family, Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home was able was create a beach-theme event for a memorable woman.
    By Steve Cronin

  • The Legacy of Emmett Till's Casket - In restoring Emmett Till's Casket, Thacker Caskets has helped preserve a piece of American history.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • I've Been Notified of a Regulatory Audit ... - For many licensees, a notice from the state that a regulatory audit ot inspection is coming strikes fear ... but it doesn't have to be that way.
    By Bill Williams and Wendy Wiener

  • Cremation Strategies Preview - Some of the profession's top consultants and funeral home operators will be sharing ideas and best practices in a world where families are increasingly opting for cremation.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Promoting a Personal Touch with Caskets - With personalization a growing component of life celebrations, casket manufacturers are working to make sure families have ample choices.
    By Steve Cronin

  • What's More Important: Products or Service? - Why is it that consumers don't revere caskets and urn like the majority in funeral service?
    By Jeff Harbeson

  • Technology Touch Points - Our KB Tech Partners answer your most pressing technology questions.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • How to Onboard Employees - Starting new employees off on the right foot can pay big dividends. Not doing so can lead to problems down the road.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Glass Menagerie - Tear bottles may be as old as mankind. While no longer use to capture tears, they have become highly collectible for their social history and spiritual appeal.
    By Larry LeMasters

  • Getting the Last Word - In "The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy," author Julia Cooper explores the grieving process through personal experience and popular culture, and focuses on the eulogy as an art form.
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • A Lesson about Helping Others - From time to time something happens that shows how easy it is for our personal views and biases to creep into out interactions with others without any intent.
    By Teresa M. Gyulafia

  • Industry Roundtable - Preneed - Preneed remains an important option for funeral professionals and the families they serve. Our experts weigh in on what customers want and where preneed sales are heading.
    By Steve Cronin

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