Our Member Benefits make the difference in maintaining an exceptional independent funeral home


OGR understands the needs of the Independent funeral home and offers Innovation in programs and resources that help you become and stay exceptional, continuing to serve your families and your community with Integrity.

Among the many reasons to join OGR...

Information & Resources

OGR Resource Guide: Our annual handbook comes with a roster of members, leadership and staff, plus supplier members offering products and services you need at your fingertips.

The Independent® magazine: OGR’s quarterly flagship publication features information, inspiration and association news, with opinion and commentary about the funeral industry.             

The Independent Insider & The Weekly Wrap e-newsletters: Your weekly e-newsletters keep you on top of funeral service news, and share the scoop on new products and special deals.

OGR Special Bulletins & OGR Death Notices: Be the first to learn important industry news flashes or the death of colleagues’ loved ones.

OGR’s Website (www.ogr.org): Your ultimate source for access to news and information 24/7/365, plus easy online registration for programs and events, workshops and webinars.

OGR Press Release Program: Featuring templates of press releases to showcase your funeral home in the community through the media.

Professional Development and Education

Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase: Join your colleagues every spring for professional development, camaraderie and connection. The conference offers dozens of learning opportunities from leaders in the field and allows you to network with members from throughout the country and around the globe. [More info.]

Fall Forum: Double your learning potential as well as fellowship when you attend the OGR Fall Forum in conjunction with the NFDA International Convention & Expo. [More info.]

Regional Workshops: OGR brings the experts to you in one day workshops designed to sharpen your skills and facilitate conversation with colleagues in your area. [More info.]

Webinars: Get a handle on a hot topic or grab CEU credit in convenient one hour sessions on the computer or on the phone for on-the-go pros. [More info.]

Family Contact Program

Family Contact Surveys & Reports: OGR questionnaires are sensitively written to collect feedback from families who have recently used the services of a member firm.  Through our insightful monthly reports, you receive honest reviews and learn ways to improve your relationships to families, impact your staff, and give credit where credit is due.

Product & Service Discounts

OGR’s Supplier Members give you access to better purchasing power for everything you need for your business. Discover, connect and collaborate with over 60 leading companies and manufacturers via this exceptional network of suppliers. Use these fine Supply Partners whenever possible to get the most out of your membership.

OGR Endorsed Suppliers

Access Financial Group – Golden Rule 401(k) Plan and Golden Rule Trust Fund
Aurora Casket Company – Caskets, urns and printed supplies
Matthews – Caskets and urns
Pierce Companies – Embalming chemicals and supplies



OGR’s Member Concierge: Maureen Hayes is a member’s best friend and skillful resource.  With over 18 years on staff in the death care industry, she can answer your questions or conduct the research for you, and if there is a discount to be had, or a specialty item you need, she will find it for you!

Music License: Through our affiliation with NFDA, OGR offers the lowest music licensing fee in the industry, allowing you to keep a song in the heart of your funeral services.


Great Ideas Forum: Insightful discussions at Annual Conference & Supplier Showcase, and Fall Forum.  Keep in contact with OGR colleagues. Then keep the conversation going online through our website at Great Ideas Community Forum!

OGR Shipping Best Practices: Access an instant network of funeral homes when needing shipping services through the Resource Guide.

Online Resource Library: Helps you find forms, templates, policies and other tools.

Young Professionals Resources

Young Professionals Online Community: Network and exchange ideas with other young professionals.

OGR Mentoring Program: Gain advice and career tips from experienced mentors.

OGR Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program: Support for promising mortuary science students. [More info.]

Leadership Participation

Volunteer opportunities abound for any level of participation you choose from serving on the Board of Directors, committees, as a regional chair, event host, or being a scholarship auction donor.

For questions, contact Membership at (800) 637-8030 or membership@ogr.org.