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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

  • 'You Win in Life with People' She was the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history, but there was more – much more – to Pat Summitt's incredible life.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • How to Re-evaluate Your Business Financial measures are a tool used by almost every business to determine how well it is doing.
    By Todd D. Mannix

  • All Money, No Math Using no math, a difficult financial concept is explained in an easy-to-understand way.
    By Daniel M. Isard

  • Homesteaders Life Co. Thrives in Good Times & Bad Throughout its 110-year history, Homesteaders Life has promoted the value of funeral service and advance funeral planning.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Industry Roundtable – Green We check in with our experts on the status of green funeral practices and what the future may hold.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Confronting Digital Disruptions with Innovation The shift in the way we shop for goods and services, and our expectations for technology, presents both an opportunity and challenge for funeral businesses.
    By Cody Lomholt

  • Cremation Business Blueprint: Selling Things Families Might Not Know They Need Leadership coach and author Anthony Caliendo explores how to introduce customers to products and services they may not know they want or need.
    By Steve Cronin

  • A Tipping Point in the Heartland? It's not shocking that cremation rates have been steadily rising across the United States, but in certain parts of the country, the pace is significantly higher than expected.
    By Steve Cronin

  • A Timeline of Funeral History Brought to Life A recent donation from funeral director Lee Ward is providing a big impact for the National Museum of Funeral History.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Integrity and Respect In funeral service, it is vital to always respect the dignity of the deceased and the surviving family and friends, as this is the foundation of what we do as funeral professionals.
    By Lee Barringer

  • A Tribute to Those Who Died On the night of June 12, 2016, the pulse of happy people dancing in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub was abruptly stopped – and death took over.
    By Nancy Burban

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