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Are you independently-owned? Do you value the families you serve above all else? Then you might be the perfect fit for our association. OGR welcomes funeral homes into membership that offer a full range of funeral services, support and merchandise. As a member of OGR, you will be connected to members who hold the same strong values and business ethics as you. Here's what to expect when you apply to become a member.
Main Firm, Affiliate Firm, and International Firm Membership Requirements
In order to be considered for membership in OGR, a firm has to have been in business for a minimum of two years.
The firm must be independently owned. Membership is not open to the following entities:
All eligible locations that are owned and managed by the same firm within 100 miles from the main member firm may be considered for and be brought into membership as Affiliate members.
Student Membership Requirements
Must be enrolled in an accredited Mortuary Science school.
Educator Membership Requirements
Must be an educator, researcher, and/or engaged in the academic field of study, but not the practice, of mortuary science.
Auxiliary Membership Requirements
Must be a retired employee of a current or former OGR member firm and is no longer actively participating in the funeral profession.
A prospective main, affiliate, or international firm must complete and submit an application for membership. As part of the application process, a prospective firm must submit professional references, a copy of both their General Price List and Casket Price List, and agree to abide by the Golden Rule Standards of Ethical Conduct.
OGR checks to confirm the license status of the establishment as well as the primary funeral directors/embalmers practicing in the firm. Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis depending on specific state or country regulations.
OGR researches the prospective firm to gain a sense of their reputation in the community i.e. community involvement, mentions in local news stories, etc.
The completed application along with a summary of conducted research is sent to the board of directors for consideration. The board members must unanimously vote to approve the firm for membership in order for them to be accepted.
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