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The Independent


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New Opioid Information Booklet for Members of Your Community!

Opioid Epidemic: How Communities Can Respond.
Click here to submit your request or call (800) 637-8030.

Written for members of the public, Opioid Epidemic: How Communities Can Respond addresses the growing opioid epidemic from the perspective of funeral professionals who have seen the devastating impact that addiction has on families. As the issue threatens to overload many municipal and social service agencies, this community-wide problem will eventually touch everyone’s life in some way.

The easy-to-read 44-page booklet offers information and tips on: understanding opioid addiction and how it differs from other addictions; the challenges families face as loved ones struggle with opioid addiction and the complicated grief they often experience when loved ones lose their struggle; responses families can choose including funeral planning in cases where their loved ones die from overdoses; and ways that community members can work together to address this growing epidemic.

Every order of 25 or more booklets can be labeled with the funeral home’s logo for an additional $1/booklet (sorry—labeling not available for non-members).

Order the Amazon Kindle version for $4.99.

Opioid Epidemic: How Funeral Directors Can Respond. Available for a limited time only.

Click here to submit your request or call (800) 637-8030.


Are you aware that opiate residue the size of a grain of salt can kill a member of your prep room staff? Could you spot a funeral home guest about to go into a drug overdose coma? Is your staff trained to use NARCAN®?  If you're like most funeral professionals, you answered no to those questions. OGR created a 44-page booklet entitled Opioid Epidemic: How Funeral Directors Can Respond to give you and your staff information to help prepare for the devastating results of opioid addiction in your community and in your funeral home.

Order the Amazon Kindle version for $4.99.


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About The Independent®

The Independent® is published by the International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR). Each edition features bylined articles addressing key issues facing the independent funeral home, as well as news about OGR programs and activities, member benefits and more.

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Membership Roster

OGR's annual Membership Roster is produced as a reference to all current OGR members contact information and shipping information.


The INdependent Insider

This weekly E-newsletter brings current news and trends to your funeral home.  Learn what's going on in funeral service in an easy to read format, delivered right to your computer.  All owners and OGR funeral home employees can sign up to receive The INdependent Insider at

Consider advertising in this weekly e-publication. Contact Marketing & Communications, (800) 637-8030 and your banner could be in the next issue. Discounts for Golden Services Group suppliers.


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Reserve space today. Contact Marketing & Communications or call (800) 637-8030, x112.

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The Independent® Subscriptions

One year (4 issues): $40

Two years (8 issues): $60

Student/educators: take 20% off annual rate (copy of student photo ID required)

To subscribe to The Independent, contact Marketing & Communications, (800) 637-8030.

Note: Members receive The Independent® as a benefit of membership.



Editorial submissions and letters to the editor are invited. Members are encouraged to submit news about their funeral homes, honors received or community involvement activities.

Contributed articles should be 750-2,500 words long. Articles should not be self-promotional but should be of interest to the funeral profession and/or death care profession. Accompanying photos, graphics/charts or other artwork are appreciated and will be used as space allows. OGR reserves the right to edit all submitted materials for clarity, appropriateness and space limitations, adhering to Associated Press style. OGR does not assume responsibility for unsolicited materials. Published articles reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of OGR.

Send submissions to the editor:
Email: Marketing & Communications Mail: The Independent, 9101 Burnet Rd., Suite 120, Austin, TX 78758 Call: (800) 637-8030 | Fax: (512) 334-5514