2015 Educational Webinars — Earn CEs and Discuss Relevant Issuesalt

2015 ushers in a new wave of webinars.  From the comfort of your firm or home, log online through your computer, iPad or cell phone and access free, member-only webinars or traditional CE webinars. These 60-minute programs are suitable for owners, managers and staff and offer an opportunity to interact with the presenter via polls, Q&A sessions, and live PowerPoint presentations. Just log on using your computer or mobile device.* All webinars are at 1pm (EST).

*For CE webinars, attendees still have the option to dial in. All other webinars are computer access only.

Check out all the options below and get the most out of your OGR membership!

To register through paper, download the paper application.

To register online, click on the button next to the webinar for which you wish to register.

Pricing for post-conference webinars
Free to members!

Pricing for CE webinars:
Members: $120 per firm, unlimited number of phone lines and computer/mobile connections
Non-members: $150 per firm, unlimited number of phone lines and computer connections

For CE webinars – click on the button next to the webinar, and you will be taken to a brief online form.  Once completed, you will be redirected to a payment form where you may choose single or 4-pack webinar packages.
  All attendees are eligible for one continuing-education credit (CE) in states where approved. Note: Pennsylvania doesn’t approve webinars for CE credit. OGR cannot apply for CE approval in Virginia at this time.

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February 19 - Making Aftercare Work for You: Strategic Steps to a More Successful Program
– Dan Isard, The Foresight Companies

Do you want to differentiate your businesses from the competition in a tangible way? Developing your aftercare and outreach programs may be just what your firm needs. Using information from a recent study conducted with OGR members, The Foresight Companies will explore varying definitions of aftercare and how funeral directors are using it at their firms. They’ll discuss ways to move your current offerings from good to best and show you how OGR will help you to do just that. You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of the business and “good will” benefits of offering aftercare. (1 CE in states where approved. Visit CEs page -->)



May 5 – 1:00 PM EDT
FREE – Post-conference Webinar
An In-Depth Look at Restorative Art, Matt Smith, Frigid Fluid Co

Did you miss the session on restorative art at Annual Conference? Do you have questions on how restorative art can win over client families? Join us for a review of Smith’s session during this live
AND FREE webinar. He’ll briefly cover the high points from his popular presentation, challenge you with going above the minimum standards of embalming, and answer any questions you may have. No CEs given for this webinar.




May 6 – 1:00 PM EDT

FREE – Post-conference Webinar
Aftercare & Outreach in More Detail, Erin Whitaker, The Foresight Companies

Erin Whitaker of the Foresight Companies has been actively involved with promoting and training funeral service professionals on the value of Aftercare and Outreach for years and brings a unique perspective to developing effective programming. Her Annual Conference presentation explored how to develop an aftercare program that revamps your offerings, and this presentation will go in more depth with one community outreach program of Aftercare – The Remembrance Service. Erin will share what she's learned as well as some of the unique benefits available to you as members of OGR.
 No CEs given for this webinar.


May 7 – 1:00 PM EDT
FREE – Post-conference Webinar
Disruptive Competition Continued, Doug Gober, Gober Strategic Capital

Third party vendors are disrupting the way you’ve always done business. Whether it’s families making online arrangements, hospice stepping around you, or hotels offering end-of-life celebrations, you’re facing a more competitive marketplace than ever before. Join us for this free webinar where Doug will review his keynote and show you how “disruptive competition” actually provides you with an opportunity to differentiate your services with the families you serve. 
 No CEs given for this webinar.


July 9 – 1:00 PM EDT
Customization- Unlimited Choices for Families –
Terry School, The Davis Whitehall Company

Customization and personalization are buzz words that are losing their meaning, yet continue to be important elements for today’s funeral service customer. By increasing and improving on the amount of customized services you provide to families, you can facilitate healing for the families you serve and increase your bottom line. Through a discussion of copyright issues, databases for photos, and practical personalization ideas, Terry School will demonstrate how providing customized services to consumers can facilitate healing and help you. (1.0 CEU in states where approved. Visit CEs page -->)


September 24 –
1:00 PM EST
Facebook Ads – All You Need to Know to Reach Your Families– Ryan Thogmartin, Disrupt Media Co.

Facebook Ads a mystery to you? Not sure you see the benefit in spending money on them? Well consider the mystery solved! Ryan Thogmartin, a social media expert, will walk you through the process of creating Facebook ads from start to finish. You’ll learn about the benefits and drawbacks of this form of advertising and how to develop a strategy that highlights your grief services and reaches more families. Come prepared to explore how this means of connecting with consumers online can contribute to a more meaningful memorialization and get you started as soon as the webinar ends. (1.0 CEU in states where approved. Visit CEs page -->) 


Visit for CE state approval information.

OGR webinars are typically approved for 1 CE hour by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards (PA and VA excluded). It is the individual participant's responsibility before registering for any OGR course or event to verify that it is currently approved for CE in the state or states in which the individual is licensed

Did you miss them? Not a problem! OGR members have access to all previously recorded webinars for free. Simply log visit the Webinar Podcats page (login required) to start watching now.

For more info, e-mail Jessica Smith or call (800) 637-8030.



Click here for the approval status of OGR's webinars by state.