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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 June's Issue

  • The Storytellers of Funeral Service These authors work in funeral service by day but craft compelling fiction at night.
    By Steve Cronin

  • How Market Research Differs from Customer Service Satisfaction Surveys Customer satisfaction surveys have increased in significance with the growth of the internet, but they are not the same as market research.
    By Glenn Gould

  • Taking the Funeral Home On the Road Texas funeral director Jeff Friedman saw how consumer habits were changing and took his arranging efforts on the road.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Industry Roundtable – Shipping Like other aspects of funeral service, the way we ship bodies and cremated remains is changing. Our experts weigh in on the state of the mortuary shipping industry.
    By Steve Cronin

  • When It's High Time for New High Tech Don't let a fear of the unknown hold back your business. Here's how to tell when it's time to upgrade your tech.
    By Steve Cronin

  • C'mon Get Techie These days, it seems like there's a better way to do almost everything with the help of technology.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • HR Reality Check When separate businesses share the same employees, what are the rules for paying overtime?
    By Stephanie Ramsey

  • Making Their Mark Funeral directors are helping others as they try new ideas to increase their community involvement.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Giving the Families You Serve Peace of Mind As a funeral director and co-owner of a burial vault company, I am always looking for better ways to explain the importance of a burial vault.
    By Rich Darby

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