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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 August's Issue

  • Cheers and Tears At first glance, McBride's Irish Pub looks like any other well-run pub in Rhode Island – until you realize it is adjacent to a funeral home.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Overachieving Undertakers Since the birth of the funeral profession, ideas from funeral directors have driven progress with new inventions, products and services.
    By Jessica Fowler

  • Accountability On Arrival The arrival of the deceased at a funeral home is seemingly a routine event, but in actuality, it is anything but routine.
    By Michael Kubasak

  • Funeral Pro Chat This month, the focus is on trying to prevent bullying and suicide, and what funeral directors can do to prevent this growing trend.

  • Industry Roundtable – Design and Planning The changing nature of funeral service is impacting all segments of funeral service – including funeral home design. Our experts weigh in on design trends.
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • A Giant Among Men What made Service Corporation International's Stephen Mack standout among his peers were not grand gestures, but in the small ways he touched people's lives.
    By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

  • Innovative Aftercare A growing number of funeral homes are thinking outside the box when it comes to aftercare.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Only 'Memrys' Remain William "BT" Hathaway III tried to give cremation families what they wanted, he noticed they were also feeling more detached from the process.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Speaking the Consumer's Language In the last of a four-part series, the focus is on exploring what leads to success with the four family types.
    By Todd Darland

  • Creating a Positive Attitude for Preneed With headlines providing a negative spin on prearranging a funeral, the challenge for funeral professionals is to find ways to promote a more positive attitude toward prearranging.
    By Ann Marie St. George

  • Let's Talk Confidentiality Funeral directors must deal with confidentiality every day. Whether it is a cause of death or the financial position of the family, these are issues you are expected to treat with professionalism.
    By Melissa A. Drake and Kathy D. Williams

  • The Future ... Is Inbound Inbound marketing may be new to funeral homes, but it has proved to be successful for a wide variety of other industries, including health care and financial advisers.
    By John Callaghan

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