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

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...

  • Enhance your expertise with dynamic ideas from those who understand your business and share their experience and resources;
  • Gain support adapting to emerging trends and technology to keep you current;
  • Benefit from our dedicated concierge staff to facilitate your unique products and services demands;
  • Build your network with fellowship and collaboration from like-minded individuals with parallel objectives;
  • Develop leadership skills through your participation in OGR – be a strong voice for the mutual needs of Independent funeral homes

The Value Of Membership


Professional Growth

OGR’s educational programs are golden opportunities to exchange ideas, engage in discussions and discover innovations that will open your mind to new possibilities. Find details at Programs & Events.

Annual Conference and Supplier Showcase —Enjoy the company and camaraderie of peer professionals and build valued relationships. Stay on top of the latest advances in death care with seminars on trends and how to care for families.  Experience creative adventures while advancing your business.

Fall Forum — Improve your operation with knowledge and ideas while earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Invitationals — Members host programs where they can share personal interests and activities with colleagues. Invitationals have included pheasant hunting, auto racing and fly fishing. 

Webinars — Successful strategies for operating your funeral home in a succinct one-hour interactive format, without ever leaving your funeral home!

Regional Workshops—Join area colleagues for a day of sharpening skills, networking, and learning important new developments.

Family Contact Program – Honest and candid reviews from your families, designed to help improve your relationships with families, give your staff credit where credit is due, and accomplish positive changes that will keep your funeral home (s) flourishing.  Family Contact gives you valuable comments you can use for your website and Facebook page to extend your impact in the community. Learn more about the Family Contact Program.

Music License at the best rate available

Start or renew your music license at the lowest possible rate thanks to OGR’s alliance with NFDA and the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC). (Read what NFDA says about ASCAP inspections of funeral homes with no music license.)   By renewing your music license, you maintain copyright protection by the three primary music licensing agencies, BMI, ASCAP and SESAC, and and avoid penalties of up to $30,000. Download and print the Music License Form.

Funeral webcasting licensing now available to OGR members—Do you broadcast funeral or memorial services via the internet?  All funeral homes that webcast funerals containing copyrighted music must obtain a webcasting license which differs from the music license for music performed or played in the funeral home.  Through a partnership with NFDA, OGR members now have access to funeral webcasting licensing that includes BMI, ASCAP and SESAC. The license costs only $50 per calendar year, per website.  Download and print the Music webcasting license application.



Professional Connection


A strong alliance of members who share your values and staff who are here to help gives you the resources to thrive in today’s competitive marketplace.

OGR Member Concierge has more than 18 years on staff in the funeral profession.  She will answer your questions, find products and services you need, and get them to you when you need them.  One call gets you problem solving and time-saving solutions.
OGR’s website, www.OGR.org is the ultimate source for access to news and information, easy online registration for programs and events, workshops and webinars.  The Online Resource Library helps you find forms, templates, policies, press releases and other tools.  Never reinvent the wheel again.
The Independent Our flagship magazine, The Independent®, publishes opinion and commentary on the funeral industry, articles that can help you make a difference, along with OGR news, programs and services.

Resource Guide — Your guide to staying in touch with your OGR network. Keep this annual publication handy as a quick reference to the membership, ship-out rates and OGR's network of supplier partners and exclusive products.

The Independent Insider & E-Facts Newletters—Weekly and bi-weekly news that keeps you on top of what’s going on in funeral service, plus new products and special deals for members only.

Great Ideas Forum

Insightful online discussions with OGR colleagues online through our website!   Be inspired by trusted colleagues and get ideas to advance and enhance your services.

Recognition Programs - Awards granted yearly recognizing member accomplishments, leadership and service


Young Professionals Resources

OGR gives young professionals a boost.  Family-owned businesses are changing with the generations, and peer support is one key to continued success. 

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.

For questions, contact Membership at (800) 637-8030.


Purchasing Power of Membership

OGR’s Business Members and Endorsed Suppliers give you access to superior 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 GSG Suppliers (link) whenever possible to get the most out of your membership.


OGR’s Golden Services Group is a powerful network of suppliers.

Connect and collaborate with over 50 leading companies and manufacturers, and access a wide variety of quality products and services from advertising to caskets and urns, cremation supplies, and memorialization products to preneed and burial vaults. GSG delivers generous discounts on the products and services you use on a daily basis. Review the supplier directory first to see if the product or service you need is available through GSG.  Every supplier helps support your association, strengthening programs and services for members.  Use these fine GSG suppliers whenever possible to get the most of your membership. 

Endorsed Suppliers— With OGR’s Endorsed Supplier Program members receive exclusive member-only benefits. Endorsed suppliers must meet exact requirements and complete an in-depth review process before an endorsement is granted by the OGR Board. The products awarded an endorsement are identified with the OGR Endorsed Supplier logo. OGR endorses the listed products but not all products offered by the company.

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

Learn more about these suppliers.

Questions or to order, call: 800-637-8030.