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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 This year we recognize Gregory B. Levett Sr. as the recipient of our 2015 Funeral Director of the Year award for his steadfast dedication to the profession and the families he serves.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Year in Review No doubt about it, 2015 was a big news year for the death-care industry. Here is a snapshot of the stories that had funeral service talking.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Make Your Funeral Home Feel Like Home How do families picture a funeral home? Do they think of it as a welcoming, comfortable place? Or do they view it as a dark and creepy place they are scared to visit?
    By Rich Darby

  • Walking into the Sunset ... in a Suit After 30 years on the job, Wilson H. Beebe Jr. is retiring as executive director of the New Jersey StateFuneral Directors Association.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Book Review Mauro Marinelli never planned to photograph, much less publish a book, about cemeteries.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Plight of the Funeral Home Owner As a funeral director, when I hear the word "tradition," it immediately conjures up an often expected and preset image of what a funeral ritual should be. As time has passed though, I have been forced to ask myself a new question.
    By Lee Barringer

  • 'Ho, Ho, Ho' While other second graders might have said they wanted to be police officers, firefighters or airline pilots when they grew up, Todd Wilson had a very different response.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Raging Storm Funeral directors never know what to expect when responding to a removal call. Randy Garner shares one chilling experience.
    By Randy Garner

  • Industry Roundtable – Preneed Preneed continues to be one of the most important issues for funeral service. Our experts weigh in on the state of preneed – past, present and future.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

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