Events & Education

Making independent funeral homes exceptional
through quality continuing education

Continuing education of owners and staff is essential in maintaining an active and up-to-date independent funeral home. Through OGR's educational and networking programs, members keep up on the latest trends and technologies, find solutions to problems, and share experiences and best practices with fellow independents, while earning state-required CEUs.

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2017 Educational Schedule

From the Annual Conference, to educational seminars, webinars and invitationals, OGR keeps members' needs, time and budgets in mind.

For details, click the links to the left or see below.  For questions, contact Jessica A. Smith at Education Department, (800) 637-8030.

Young Professionals Event – Shattering Expectations
February 19-21

You know those boring conferences where the information provided is generic and has little to do with you or your business? That’s not this event. After you’ve registered, we’ll ask you to complete a couple short questionnaires to help us develop the session material. We want to help you use technology to make life easier at the funeral home. We want to know where your challenges lie when working with cremation families. We want to know what stresses you out about your job. We want to provide you with solutions that you can take back to the funeral home and apply immediately. Check out the links below to learn more about the February 19-21 Young Professionals Event. Go to Young Professionals >>

Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase
Funeral service is changing before our eyes. Are you adjusting to the changes?  Join your colleagues in New Orleans, LA from April 20-22, 2017 for OGR's Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase for takeaways to capitalize on the new normal and keep your business above ground. Education and events this year focus on helping you transition into the next generation of funeral service. Plus, get up to 9 CEs!
 Go to Annual Conference >>

Regional Workshops
Meetings at the local level

With cremation litigation on the rise, you need to protect your firm! Knowing cremation due diligence practices will help you provide your families with the best cremation service possible. OGR is partnering with NFDA to bring you the best cremation information to-date. 

This co-hosted program with NFDA & OGR offers a must-have certification for anyone offering cremation to the families he/she serves. Whether you currently own or operate a crematory, are thinking of opening one, or want to evaluate a third-party crematory, this training is necessary for your success. Go to Regional Workshops>>

Keeping your staff current
OGR’s webinars are a convenient way to keep up on funeral service trends and conduct staff development. These 60-minute programs are suitable for owners, managers and staff. Some webinars are offered free of charge, while other’s registration fees allow an unlimited number of your staff to participate. All attendees are eligible for one continuing education credit, in states where approved. Go to webinars >>

Member-hosted special interest events
Invitationals allow members to share personal interests at small group outings. Member-hosted invitationals have ranged from pheasant hunts to auto racing to fly fishing. Contact the Education Department if you are interested in hosting an invitational. Go to invitationals>>

Continuing Education
Satisfy licensing requirements
Earn continuing education credits to satisfy state licensing requirements when you attend OGR events such as the Annual Conference, Fall Forum or Webinars. Go to CEUs  >> (CEUs for Webinars not available in all states.)

Study Groups
Learning from each other
Launched in 2012, OGR Study Groups are small, concentrated events where members help one another assess challenges, brainstorm solutions and offer feedback that can make their funeral home more successful. Contact the Education Department if you are interested in hosting a study group.To see more information on study groups, Go to study groups >>

Mentoring Program
Knowledge sharing for the next generation
Regardless of how many years of experience a funeral professional has, he or she can always learn new ways to keep pace with rapid changes in funeral service. OGR’s Mentoring Program is now available to pair members experienced in business, finance, creative funeral arrangements, social media, embalming and funeral home innovation with those interested in learning more about these subjects (called Peers). Mentors and Peers are matched according to interests. Go to Mentoring Program >>

Please use the online form to submit your proposal. Questions may be sent to Jessica A. Smith at