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American Funeral Director, the leading independent trade magazine for funeral directors and other funeral service professionals, is in its 140th year of publication. The monthly publication offers original reporting, analysis and business solutions on the issues most important to funeral professionals: cremation, preneed, technology, social media, human resources and more.

Published monthly (12 issues per year)

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- Timothy E.Ryan, Timothy E. Ryan Funeral Homes

In February's Issue

  • Godspeed, John Glenn Throughout his life, John Glenn held many titles: war hero, astronaut,senator. But none so aptly described him, Sen. John McCain said, as the title "good man."
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Partnering for a Better Trust Solution In what may be a first for the death-care profession, four companies have formed a partnership to offer funeral home and cemetery owners a total turnkey trust solution.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Increase Case Counts with Mobile Marketing As powerful as internet marketing is in general, mobile marketing is proving to be especially beneficial among at-need clients.
    By Welton Hong

  • Industry Roundtable – Design Funeral home owners want their facilities to look their best. Our experts weigh in on simple steps to update their funeral homes.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Responding to 'We Just Want a Cremation' How you respond is critically important – for the families you serve as well as your business.
    By Michael Devaney

  • Striving for Cremation Excellence Since opening the doors of Philadelphia Crematories Inc., Bill Sucharski has been a vocal advocate of cremation standards.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • A Good Plan for When Bad Things Happen Bad things can happen at good funeral homes. Whether there's a lasting impact hinges on the response.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Making Families Loyal Again Many funeral home owners lament that there is no customer loyalty anymore. It's not the people who have changed, though.
    By Glenn Gould

  • Helping Children As a funeral director, Lindsey Jonkhoff Rogers answers a lot of questions from grieving families. Frequently, the questions relate to children.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Facing Death Probably like a lot of other 30-somethings, Casey Jarman was terri?ed about death. In fact, he says it became a preoccupation.
    By Sharon Verbeten

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