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The Independent


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


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. 

OGR Member - 1 booklet ($5 - includes shipping) or set of 5 booklets ($20 - includes shipping)
Nonmember - 1 booklet ($10 - includes shipping) or set of 5 booklets ($35 - includes shipping)
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For industry organizations interested in ordering more than 5 booklets, please call OGR at 1-800-637-8030 for pricing information.
Order the Amazon Kindle version for $2.99 until September 1 ($4.99 after September 1).

These informative publications serve the diverse needs and interests of members, subscribers and affiliated groups by delivering a wealth of news, opinion, reference data, plus association programs and services.

For questions or information, contact Marketing & Communications.

The Independent®

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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.

Contact Marketing & Communications for questions or for reprint permission.


Resource Guide

OGR's annual Resource Guide is produced as a reference and networking tool to keep members in touch and informed about their many benefits, programs and services.

In addition to the Membership Roster, the book catalogs association activities; products and services available from OGR's Golden Services Group co-op buying program; leadership and committee listings; plus other information pertinent to getting the most from their dues dollar.

The Resource Guide is published annually.  International Order of the Golden Rule. All rights reserved.

Consider advertising in next year's guide. Contact Marketing & Communications, (800) 637-8030, and lock in your preferred placement in advance. Discounts for Golden Services Group suppliers.


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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Reach more than 1,000 loyal Golden Rule independent funeral home owners and managers with your ad in The Independent®.

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, download the form below and submit it with payment (USD) to: OGR Subscription Dept., 9101 Burnet Rd., Suite 120, Austin, Texas 78758.

For more information, 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