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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 February's Issue

  • Going All In Christine Hunsaker is used to breaking through glass ceilings in the death-care industry. For the past 25 years, she has climbed high on the corporate ladder, holding top-level positions in two publicly traded funeral companies. Now she's taking on a new role – CEO.
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Getting in Your Face Caitlin Doughty has a love/hate relationship with the funeral industry, which she details in her new book, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory."
    By Sharon Verbeten

  • Crematories Give Back After stumbling across an article about the recycling of implants, Ray Saadeh's fascination grew, but he became concerned that there were no viable options for crematory owners who wanted to recycle but did not because there were no nonprofit recycling options.
    By Thomas A. Parmalee

  • Cremation Is Traditional When the national cremation rate surpasses 50 percent, cremation will become the new tradition.
    By Larry Stuart Jr.

  • Obituaries 101 What exactly goes into writing a great obituary, and what value does it hold for a funeral home?
    By Lisa Howard-Fusco

  • Finding the Right Preneed to At-Need Ratio How do you best measure the success of your preneed program?
    By Charles Anderson and Kelly Kohut

  • Expectations vs. Reality When starting out, many funeral professionals have certain expectations about the job ... the reality, though,may be quite different.
    By Diann Simon

  • Funeral Pro Chat In this occasional series, funeral professionals discuss funeral trends. This month, Nancy Burban and Kevin Czachor chat with sixth-generation funeral director and blogger Caleb Wilde about the changing face of funeral service.

  • Industry Roundtable – Memorialization How do funeral directors talk to families about memorialization and personalization? Our experts weigh in with their insights and advice.
    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