Funeral Director Monthly magazine

Funeral Director Monthly is the journal of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

Packed full of news about the ltest developments in the funeral profession and the changing nature of funerals, not only in the UK but around the world, Funeral Director Monthly is a must-read for the 4,000 funeral home members of the NAFD. The magazine also carries news from member firms and a meetings/events well as analysis of the latest developments in all of the UK’s parliaments and assemblies, and in Europe, we well as more general business issues such as employment law changes and health and safety matters.

First published in 1921 as a black and white newsletter (known as BUA Monthly), it was then dubbed the “official organ of the British Undertakers’ Association”. In newspaper style, it carried a series of reports on key national and regional Association meetings, general industry updates and members’ news, while advertising was in the form of undertakers’ and carriage masters’ professional and trade cards.

Almost 100 years later Funeral Director Monthly is now an A4-size, 72 page glossy magazine with approximately 65:35 editorial/advertising content. It is the only ABC audited publication within the funeral sector with a certified readership of 3,586 in 2016. Classified advertising forms only 15% of the paid-for content of the magazine with display advertising now providing a significant proportion of the funding of the magazine’s production. 

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In recent issues…

Sky high memorials offer families new choices

The sky’s the limit for a growing number of families, who are choosing fireworks and spaceflight for their final goodbye, in the search for ever-more imaginative and personalised ways to mark the life of a loved one.

A record year for student achievement

More than 70 graduates of the NAFD Diploma in Funeral Arranging & Administration, Diploma in Funeral Directing and Certificate in Education gathered at Birmingham City University to receive their awards.

Is it right to use bereavement to sell burgers?

“A piece of advice we give families that are struggling to talk about loss is to find something small that can open up a discussion. How is what McDonald’s did any different from the small conversations people have every day when they look at their child and say ‘Goodness me you look like your Grandad.”