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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

  • How Fate Caught Up with Bill Williams Who's most surprised by the career choice of W.H. "Bill" Williams, president and CEO of Funeral Services Inc.? Bill Williams, of course.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • A Seller's Perspective For one funeral home owner, the decision to sell was based on more than maximizing the price.
    By James Cumby

  • Creating a Win-Win Let's face it: Death is complex. Batesville understands this, and has developed a new merchandising approach that simples the selection process for families.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Vaults We reached out to three experts to get a sense of the state of the industry and what the future holds for vault manufacturers.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Succession Planning: A Journey Worth Taking Succession planning can be a rewarding road trip ... planning where you want to go by creating your own route.
    By Erin Whitaker

  • Memories in Bronze When the Green Bay Packers were looking for an iconic way to honor the team's most important contributors, it turned to the Architectural Products division of Matthews International Corp. for something different.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funeral Pro Chat Bill Williams, founder of Remembering Our Fallen, explains what led to the creation of the traveling exhibit honoring the nation's fallen.

  • The Real Deal There are some in the funeral industry who think death is cool. Then there is Doris Virginia Amen of Brooklyn, NewYork, who will have none of it.
    By Alexandra Kathryn Mosca

  • An Open Letter to Funeral Service I know that many cremation customers are price sensitive.But there is also a growing number of families whose purchasing decisions aren't made solely on a financial basis.
    By Pete Saari

  • The Story in the Numbers Cremation rates have been steadily rising and while the increase has slowed incrementally, there is no question that cremation is the new "tradition." This year's CANA statistics report is continued confrmation of this trend.
    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