In addition to our renowned magazines, American Funeral Director and American Cemetery, as well as our acclaimed newsletter, Funeral Service Insider, Kates-Boylston has established itself has the chief publication company for books and guides on the death-care industry, such as our esteemed "American Blue Book of Funeral Service," which has been the preeminent shipping directory for funeral service since 1932. From finances to cremation to grounds maintenance and more, Kates-Boylston has a publication for all interests.
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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Statistics: 2014 Edition

The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics: 2014 Edition contains the most up-to-date material to help you understand consumer buying trends, internal business operations and more.

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2013 Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics

The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics: 2013 Edition contains exclusive content along with articles that appeared in our publications will provide you with benchmark information funeral professionals need.

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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Social Media

The Funeral Director's Guide to Social Media provides tips and guidance on using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and other resources to boost brand awareness and goodwill.

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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Cremation Arrangements

The Funeral Director's Guide to Cremation Arrangements: The figures don't lie – the cremation rate continues to rise throughout the United States. The question is, "What are you going to do about it?" This new guide will help you to understand what's driving the trend and how you can implement programs that will have a positive impact for your families – and your bottom line.

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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Alkaline Hydrolysis

The Funeral Director's Guide to Alkaline Hydrolysis: Alkaline Hydrolysis is not new, but funeral homes and crematories are asking more questions about it. With “The Funeral Director’s Guide to Alkaline Hydrolysis” you'll discover the latest insights surrounding this option, information about various manufacturers, perspectives on how it should be regulated, data on its environmental benefits and more.

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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Statistics

The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics: 2012 Edition: Kates-Boylston's first edition of The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics was so popular, a newly updated 2012 edition is now available. This new guide is filled with brand new material and detailed analysis, which will help funeral professionals improve hiring practices, negotiate better deals from suppliers and much more.

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The Funeral Director�s Guide to Statistics

The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics: 2011 Edition: The death-care profession is like any other business: It's important to know the numbers that hold meaning for you and your customers. That's why we've compiled "The Funeral Director's Guide to Statistics," which includes the latest, most comprehensive data to help you boost profitability. We've compiled data from the Funeral and Memorial information Council's latest five-year study; the Cremation Association of North America's cremation report, our own surveys and insights from top thinkers to help you improve business operations.

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The Funeral Director's Marketing Guide

The Funeral Director's Marketing Guide: Reaching out to families to let them know about your products and services is always key, but it's even more important in a challenging economy. With "The Funeral Director's Marketing Guide," you'll be equipping yourself with innovative marketing strategies that will connect you with more consumers.

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The Funeral Director's Economic Recovery Guide

The Funeral Director’s Economic Recovery Guide: Weathering an economic downturn while positioning yourself to make the most out the recovery is a tough line to walk. But this book outlines step-by-step actions you can take to ensure you survive the bad times and beat your competitors as the economy turns around.

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The Mastering Fuenral Service Package

The Mastering Funeral Service Package includes our three popular manuals, The Funeral Director's Survival Guide, The Funeral Director's Economic Recovery Guide and The Funeral Director's Marketing Guide. You'll save $48 off what you'd pay for the three books individually. Master every aspect of funeral service with this essential collection.

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The Funeral Director's Economic Survival Guide

The Funeral Director's Economic Survival Guide: Making sure your funeral home thrives has always been tough. But with the economic crisis deepening into a recession that's expected to be more painful than any in living memory, it's about to get tougher. Sponsored exclusively by Homesteaders Life Company, we are sure this guide will help you survive and thrive.

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Pet Loss Insider

The Green Funeral Service Desk Reference: a 100-plus page book that serves as a comprehensive guide for funeral service professionals interested in green burial, including profiles of firms that have successfully added green elements to their existing business as well as fully green funeral homes and cemeteries; how-to stories; provider lists; and much more.

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Pet Loss Insider

Honoring Veterans: A Guide to Military Services: is an essential guide for funeral professionals to help grieving families properly respect those who gave their lives in service.

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Pet Loss Insider

The Pet Loss Insider Desk Reference: The pet memorialization market is exploding,thereby creating the potential to expand your customer base and increase revenue.  Since this market is getting bigger, our coverage needs to be bigger as well. That's the goal behind the Pet Loss Insider Desk Reference.

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Cremation Operations Manual

Cremation Operations Manual published by Kates-Boylston Publications and the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) covers all aspects of operating a crematory.

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Guide to Shipping

The American Blue Book Guide to Shipping is a 90-page guidebook that covers the gamut of shipping information, including body preparation concerns, airlines, airtrays and much more.

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American Cemetery's Guide to Grounds Maintenance

American Cemetery's Guide to Grounds Maintenance is a 60-page guidebook full of best practices and tested tactics to help cemeterians beautify and maintain one of their cemeteries' best asset: its landscape.

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American Cemetery's Guide to Grounds Maintenance

American Funeral Director Archives: The Editorials Vol. 1 is collection of editorials throughout the years. Put funeral service history at your fingertips.

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Controlling Your Accounts Receivable

Controlling Your Accounts Receivable: This plain English handbook will give you the tools and tactics to shrink your accounts receivable days and bad debt to almost zero.

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The Dealmaker's Guide to Funeral Home Transactions

The Dealmaker's Guide to Funeral Home Transactions is a step-by-step guide to valuing, buying and selling your firm.

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  Special Reports

FSI Robert L Waltrip Interview

Exclusive Interview with Robert L Waltrip, the founder of SCI
Our 12-page report featuring an exclusive interview with Robert L. Waltrip, the founder, chairman of the board and largest individual shareholder of Service Corporation International, is a must-read for any SCI shareholder, employee, funeral professional or entrepreneur seeking insights from a business legend.

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FSI Melvin Payne Interview

Exclusive Interview with Melvin Payne, CEO of Carriage Services
Our 14-page special report featuring an exclusive interview with Melvin C. Payne, a co-founder and the CEO of Carriage Services, provides key insights into how he's helped the company become one of the country's leading providers of funeral goods and services.

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FSI Investigative Report on Henry V. Vinson and Walker Funeral Homes

FSI Investigative Report on Henry V. Vinson and Walker Funeral Homes: Funeral Service Insider rocked the funeral service landscape when it reported that a man who formerly served time in prison for operating a male prostitution empire and helping a doctor avoid paying taxes is now leasing space to funeral homes.

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  Funerals of the Famous
Funerals of the Famous Volumes 1-5

Funerals of the Famous Volumes 6
In this latest addition in the Funerals of the Famous series, you'll find stories of some of the most memorable personalities in history. Read about the life and death of Vivien Leigh, James Brown, JonBenét Ramsey and many more.

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Funerals of the Famous Volumes 1-5

Funerals of the Famous Volumes 1-5, includes the Funerals of the Famouse Volumes 1-5.

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Funerals of the Famous Volume 5

Funerals of the Famous Volume 5, includes the stories of Pope John Paul II, Walt Disney, Rosa Parks, Dale Earnhardt and many more.

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Funerals of the Famous Volume 4

Funerals of the Famous Volume 4, includes the stories of Napoleon, Genghis Kahn, Mickey Mantle, Louie Armstrong and many more.

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Funerals of the Famous Volume 3

Funerals of the Famous Volume 3, includes the stories of Princess Diana, Buddy Holly, Edgar Allen Po, Theodore Roosevelt and many more.

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Funerals of the Famous Volume 2

Funerals of the Famous Volume 2, includes the stories of Sitting Bull, Jesse James, The Bronte Sisters, George Washington and many more.

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Funerals of the Famous Volume 1, includes the stories of Calvin Coolidge, Harry Houdini, Douglas MacArthur, Babe Ruth and many more.

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  Books

Pet Loss Insider

The Complete Preneed Perspective: Written and compiled by Daniel M. Isard, this is one of the most detailed books ever written about the preneed industry. With the help of some of the profession's top thinkers, he dissects every aspect of preneed - from its historical beginnings to its modern-day operations.

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Pet Loss Insider

What Every Funeral Director And Cemeterian Should Know about Cremation: Daniel M. Isard’s latest book on cremation will give you direction on every dynamic of your cremation business to make it more profitable and less prone to lawsuits.

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Traversing the Minefield

Traversing the Minefield, by Michael Kubasak and William M. Lamers, teaches funeral service professionals how to excel at serving families while maximizing profit and minimizing risk.

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  American Blue Book of Funeral Service

American Blue Book of Funeral Service

American Blue Book of Funeral Service: This all-inclusive shipping directory has helped funeral directors boost their shipping business since 1932.

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  Magazines

American Funeral Director

American Funeral Director magazine is in its 130th year of publishing exceptional educational information for the funeral industry.

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American Cemetery

American Cemetery magazine is an independent trade journal for cemetery owners and managers along with others allied to the field.

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  Newsletters
Funeral Service Insider

Funeral Service Insider is a weekly newsletter that gives you the latest news within the profession; business-building tips and guidance; and forms and work tools.

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Funeral Service Insider 2012 Compilation

The 2012 Compilation of Funeral Service Insider revisits the biggest stroies of the year and you'll also find our own independent research.

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Funeral Service Insider 2011 Compilation

The 2011 Compilation of Funeral Service Insider is bursting with hard-hitting analysis and profit-building strategies to improve business operations. The reference book is bursting with information at almost 400 pages long.

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Funeral Service Insider 2010 Compilation

2010 Compilation of Funeral Service Insider
An entire year’s worth of data, analysis and profit-building strategies from Funeral Service Insider has been packed into 376 pages. Get every single issue of Funeral Service Insider that was published in 2010 in one book. Regardless of whether or not you’re a subscriber, you’ll love having so much indexed information in one place.

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Funeral Service Xtra

Funeral Service Xtra is a FREE biweekly e-zine. With the same top-notch news and information readers have come to expect from American Funeral Director and American Cemetery magazines for more than 100 years, this "extra" will arrive in your inbox every other Friday, with Web exclusive stories and more.

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  Webinars
Tax Season Tips for the Death-Care Professional

Webinar: Tax Season Tips for the Death-Care Professional
The new tax laws affect every business � especially funeral home owners trying to keep expenses under control and profitability headed in the right direction.

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Noncompete Agreements: What You Need To Know

Webinar: Noncompete Agreements: What You Need To Know
You don’t need to scramble to figure out what you can do lawfully to prevent employees from skipping out the door with your client lists, proprietary files and business strategies in hand. Learn the best practices for noncompete agreements to safeguard your business and prevent unfair competition from your current and former employees.

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Social Media and More Made Easy

Webinar: Social Media and More Made Easy
Social media helps you connect with more families, extends your geographic service area and builds goodwill in your community. But how do you effectively use it to accomplish all of these things? This profit-building webinar slashes through the confusion that's preventing death-care professionals from harnessing the power of social media.

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Aftercare that Works!

Webinar: Aftercare the Works!
If you think serving families stops after a cremation or funeral service, think again. As studies prove, a good aftercare program comforts the family and also builds a continuum of care that allows funeral homes to serve future generations. Learn how to boost market share, establish goodwill and show your commitment to the families you serve with simple, proven strategies.

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Marketing to Baby Boomers

Webinar: Marketing to Baby Boomers
The baby boomer generation accounts for nearly 80% of the total wealth of the nation. Baby boomers are the wealthiest, best educated and most sophisticated of purchasers. If you treat them like every other customer, you're going to leave profits on the table. Get the marketing advice you need to get more baby boomers interested in doing business with your firm.

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Troubleshooting Legal Problems

Webinar: Troubleshooting Legal Problems at Funeral Homes and Cemeteries
Take an important step to protect your businesses with an expert who helps you troubleshoot legal problems. Chris Farmer, general counsel for the Cremation Association of North America as well as the Texas Funeral Directors Association and an attorney with Sheehy, Ware and Pappas in Houston, provides proven ways to avoid problems that can cost you big money.

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Social Networking for Death-Care Professionals

Webinar: Social Networking for Death-Care Professionals
Chuck Gallagher, chief operating officer of American Funeral Financial; and Brian Hanner, co-owner of Geib Funeral Homes & Crematories in Ohio, share proven strategies to build relationships with your community via social networking in this webinar. Sponsored by Homesteaders Life Co. and FuneralResources.com.

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Pet Loss Insider

Webinar: Green Funeral Service Strategies & Practices
The demand for green products and services is on the rise, and funeral service is no exception. Get a copy of Kates-Boylston first ever green webinar featuring three of the most innovative thinkers involved in natural burial.

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