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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 April's Issue

  • A Tribute to Sacrifice All Jan C. Scruggs wanted to do was create a place of remembrance. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial does that – and so much more.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Let's Talk Seriously About Accounting While it's important for funeral professionals to focus on the families they serve, it's just as important to focus on accounting results.
    By Daniel M. Isard and Mandy M. Rohde

  • Cremation: A CFO's Perspective Cremation provides a unique way to grow market share for those firms attuned to the pulse of the community.
    By Bob Bukala

  • Industry Roundtable – Cremation The rising cremation rate has posed financial challenges for funeral homes, but it has also created opportunities for forward-thinking funeral professionals to modify their approaches.
    By Steve Cronin

  • The Dual Licensure Debate Changes in funeral service are renewing discussion over whether all funeral directors need be licensed to embalm.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Stericycle Pricing Fraud Allegations A series of lawsuits have been filed throughout the country against Stericycle. Here's what you need to know.
    By Christopher L. Farmer

  • Next Stop: Innovation Funeral service is on the brink of a new era. The Cremation Innovations Summit will help you recognize and respond to these new challenges.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Duotronic: Still Nifty at 50 In the world of embalming, the Duotronic machine has stood the test of time.
    By Wayne Stellmach

  • A Bright Idea The operators of Legacy Chapel and Funeral Home wanted their new facility to be special. A set of antique stained-glass windows recovered from an old church fit the bill.
    By Steve Cronin

  • One Final Salute Life as he knew it ended when NYPD police officer Steven D. McDonald was grievously wounded on the job. It didn't stop McDonald, though, from making his mark.
    By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

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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