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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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"I'm an avid American Funeral Director reader and my business thrives as a result."
- Timothy E.Ryan, Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Homes

In June's Issue

  • Looking Forward to a Life of Service - Helen Loring Dear, the 2017 NextGen Professional of the Year Award winner, doesn't remember a time when she didn't want to work in funeral service.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Technology Touch Points - In a new feature, American Funeral Director will help you get the answers to your most pressing technology questions.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Digital Innovation - In an age where technology is the norm and the public is accustomed to purchasing the latest phone or TV, it's difficult to amaze anyone with technology.
    By Dave Ugan

  • Winning with Technology - Technology in the funeral profession is here to stay, woven into the fabric of our lives.
    By Jeff Harbeson

  • Drive Case Counts by Making Friends with Yelp - Yelp is just one simple word. Yet for many business owners, just the mention of it has a tendency to set them on edge.
    By Welton Hong

  • There's an App for That - Smartphone apps have changed the way we live our lives. And with the addition of thousands of apps over the past several years, they have also changed the way we work and do business.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Casual Dress for Success? - Many funeral homes throughout the United States are allowing and even encouraging – employees to dress casually for day-to-day business.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Voices of Change - There is no question that times are changing in the funeral industry. And while there are ways to change how we do business, listening to that inner voice that says "Give the people what they want" may be the best advice of all.
    By Randy Garner

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
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