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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 December's Issue

  • Funeral Director of the Year Velma Sue De Leon puts community service and innovation at the top of the list at her funeral business in Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Wanted: Jewish Funeral Directors Firms serving a large Jewish clientele are in search of funeral directors from the faith.
    By Steve Cronin

  • 2016: Year in Review Funeral service saw the retirement of some major figures, some companies making major expansions and new rules governing the funeral landscape. A look back at some of the top stories of the year.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Memorialization Our experts take a look at the latest trends and memorialization options.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Evaluating Your Preneed Product The new year brings new opportunities to evaluate and improve your business.
    By Phil Kreski

  • Cremation Business Blueprint: Incorporating ideas into Daily Operations How to turn good ideas into solid day-to-day operations.
    By Steve Cronin

  • How to Write an Effective Business Plan A business plan establishes the viability of your project.
    By Tim Bridgers

  • Integrated Preneed Funeral Home Marketing Blend traditional and new media in your marketing plan.
    By Jeff Stewart

  • Increasing Case Counts with Pay-Per-Click Advertising A digital marketing campaign can be as relevant and effective as a traditional advertising campaign.
    By Welton Hong

  • Creating the Preneed Experience Use consumer psychology to change the way you sell preneed arrangements.
    By Ann Marie St. George

  • HR Reality Check How to handle job applications to avoid unexpected trouble.
    By Stephanie Ramsey

  • Preneed Marketing During Christmas Why the holidays are the perfect time to ramp up your preneed selling efforts.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • Crafting an Obituary with Career Information Family and friends rarely give enough information to include career highlights in a person's obituary. Here's how to remedy that.
    By Charles I. Abramson

  • Caskets with A Truly Personal Touch Customize services with one-of-a-kind caskets that reflect the personality of the deceased.
    By Steve Cronin

  • This Old House In the 80 years since it was built, the impressive old building went from being a family's private residence to serving as an integral part of its community.
    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