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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 November's Issue

  • Missing No More The Missing in America Project is working to provide final resting places for the remains of thens of thousands of U.S. veterans.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • The Runners-Up This year's finalists for our Funeral Director of the Year award embody the passion of a profession.
    By Thomas Parmalee

  • Design Portfolio Trimble Funeral Home was one of the very earliest examples of the new "funeral home" concept in the Midwest. Forced to move from its previous location in downtown Moline, Illinois, the family-owned firm is once again on the forefront.
    By Brent Behrens

  • Design with a New Focus As the nature of funeral service changes with families increasingly opting for cremation and celebration of life events, is it any wonder that funeral home design is changing as well?
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Technology Breaches Funeral homes can be victimized by theft just like any other business. It can be devastating, but losing your reputation can be even more deadly.
    By Thomas Parmalee

  • Marketing to Millenials There is another generation affecting your future call volume and profitability: the millenials.
    By Lindsay E Bourgeois

  • Caskets, Urns & Women Dressed Like Daisies Behind the products at an industry trade show are the "dead people" that inspired their businesses.
    By Karen Zinn

  • The Benefits of Background Checks The most important thing to any funeral home is its good name and reputation. Why is it that sometimes the people who own and operate them don't take background checks as seriously as they should?
    By Gretchen Van Benthuysen

  • Funeral Pro Chat Podcast The second in a series featuring a Funeral Pro Chat podcast in which funeral professionals discuss trends, news and customs.

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