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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 October's Issue

  • Beyond the Boardroom Stephanie Castagnier Dunn overcame tremendous personal hardships and disadvantages to become a force to be reckoned with in death-care lending.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funerals of the Famous During her extraordinary life, Maya Angelou proved that she was a unique individual with amazing commitment and focus.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funeral Pro Chat Podcast Funeral Pro Chat is a new podcast series where funeral professionals discuss trends, news, and customs.

  • A New Kind of Cheers As more families ask for celebration of life services instead of traditional funerals, forward-thinking funeral homes are answering the call with unique solutions ñ including one that has added a wine room.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Continuing Education As the profession evolves is it important for funeral professionals to continue their education?
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Investing in Education If you're looking to attract the best and brightest to your profession ñ and your firm ñ what do you do? If you are Service Corporation International you invest in educational programs.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Beyond Bereavement Can a master's degree in thanatology help you serve your families better?
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Vaults Vaults often don't get the attention they deserve. We reached out to three experts to get a better sense of how funeral professionals can do a better job communicating that value to families.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Getting Started Recruiting really begins with a job description.
    By Mark Jorgensen

  • Print Advertising's New Role It serves as runway landing lights for websites; it can deliver messages, keep your firm visible and give consumers a reason to visit your website.
    By Paul Orlando

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