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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 March's Issue

  • Honoring First Responders Wilbert Funeral Services and its licensees do their utmost to help the families of law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel who die in the line of duty.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Hiring Millennials: What You Need to Know Millennial-age employees now makeup one-third of the workforce, so it's important to know what they expect from a job.
    By Steve Cronin

  • Four Signs It's Time to Jumpstart Your Preneed Program Recognize the signs that the time is ripe to invest in a more active preneed program.
    By Wanda Sizemore

  • Industry Roundtable – Technology Funeral home technology is rapidly changing. Our experts weigh in on how funeral professionals can determine their technology needs.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • 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

  • Expert Embalming Tips Funeral professionals who have perfected their skills in the preparation room share their knowledge.
    By Steve Cronin

  • One Point ... There Are Multiple Points How successful an embalmer can be is often determined by how well they can evaluate cases upon initial inspection.
    By Lance Ray

  • A Call to Educate Funeral arrangers and preneed counselors need to understand and communicate the value of a final viewing and a last goodbye.
    By Vernie R. Fountain

  • HR Quarterly What are the options and how do you react when an employee's spouse disrupts operations at your funeral home?
    By Stephanie Ramsey

  • "A Superhero to Everyone" After the schoolyard shooting of a first grader, a unique funeral service helped a family and a tight-knit community cope.
    By Patti Martin Bartsche

  • Funerals of the Famous After a life of service to his country, Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, deserved and received a memorable funeral.
    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