2017 Webinars: More Learning Opportunities than Ever Before - see below to register.

Date Title Facilitator
Th. 1/26
1:00 p.m.

3 Simple Strategies to Make the Financial Process Smoother for Families & Increase Your Bottom Line [learn more]

Rob Brice, C & J Financial 
Th. 2/16
1:00 p.m.

Can the Best Embalmers Still Learn Something? [learn more]

Ken Whittaker
Th. 3/9
1:00 p.m. 
Opioid Epidemic: How Funeral Directors Can Respond [learn more] Charles Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home 
Th. 4/13
1:00 p.m
Children as Forgotten Mourners: How Funeral Service Professionals Can Incorporate Them Back into the Funeral [learn more] Denise M. Paul 
Th. 6/15
1:00 p.m

Harness the Power of Google, Facebook, and Other Reviews to Better Serve Families [learn more]

Jessica A. Smith, OGR
Th. 7/20
1:00 p.m

Behind the Scenes of the JFK Assassination: Lessons for Today’s Funeral Director [learn more]

Jim Kurtz, SinoSource 

Th. 8/17 
1:00 p.m.

Merchandising & Selection Room Trends [learn more]

Marty Strohofer, Matthews Aurora 
Th.    9/21 
1:00 p.m.

Investing in Key Employees [learn more]

Jack West, Federated Insurance    
Th. 11/9
1:00 p.m.

How to Drive Leads on Social Media, It’s Not Just ‘Good Will’ Marketing [learn more]

Ryan Thogmartin, 
Th. 12/7        1:00 p.m. 

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OGR is offering packages - the more you buy, the more you save. Buy a 10-pack and save $200 and gain access to all ten webinars. See below for additional pricing options and registration information. All webinars are eligible for one continuing-education credit (CEU) in states where approved.

  Member Non-Member
Webinar 10-Package(10 CE webinars for one price)    $1,000 ($100 each)    $1,200 ($1,200 each)
 Webinar 5-Package (5 CE webinars for one price)   $550 ($110 each)    $650 ($130 each)

Webinar 3-Package(3 CE webinars for one price)  

$345 ($115 each)    $420 ($140 each)

Individual Webinars 

 $120 each  $150 each

Have more than one staff member who needs CE credit?

$50 per person per webinar  $75 per person per webinar

One person will receive CE credit per registration. Any additional staff is $50 per person per webinar.

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Once you've registered, you'll receive a separate email with instructions for logging in. To participate, you’ll log on using your computer or mobile device.  All webinars are at 1:00 PM (Eastern Time).

Note: OGR webinars are typically approved for 1 CE hour by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards (VT, 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.  Visit www.ogr.org/ceus for CE state approval information. 

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

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



Thursday, January 26 – 1:00 p.m. ET
3 Simple Strategies to Make the Financial Process Smoother for Families & Increase Your Bottom Line  – Rob Brice, C & J Financial

Learn how to approach the awkward conversation of payment with families in a way that’s transparent and benefits your funeral home and the families you serve.

  • Create a clear payment policy that’s easy for families and your staff to use.
  • Learn tips for reducing the time you spend collecting payments so you can focus on what you do best – serving families. 



Thursday, February 16 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Can the Best Embalmers Still Learn Something?
Ken Whittaker

Whether you’ve been working in the prep room for over thirty years or you’re just getting started, there are techniques you can employ to exceed family’s expectations by taking body appearance to a higher level.

  • Learn steps to determine the best approach to each case.
  • Discover ways to steer clear of stagnant embalming skills.
  • Identify embalming skills that can be improved upon,



Thursday, March 9 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Opioid Epidemic: How Funeral Directors Can Respond
Charles Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home

Has your funeral home been impacted by drug overdoses? If it hasn’t yet, it will. Opioid overdoses surpassed gun homicides for the first time nationwide in 2016. Learn how to respond.

  • Discuss special circumstances which may impact how you interact with the deceased's family and friends.
  • Identify potential safety issues to guests and staff
  • Discover how you actively address the crisis in your community.
  • Find ways to walk survivors through this difficult and unexpected journey.



Thursday, April 6 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Children as Forgotten Mourners: How Funeral Service Professionals Can Incorporate Them Back into the Funeral 
Denise M. Paul

Well-intentioned families will shelter their children from seeing the body of the deceased, thinking they’re doing them a favor when in reality they’re stopping children from beginning the healing process.

  • Gain insight on the grieving process of children of all ages.
  • Understand the importance of including children in the funeral ritual.
  • Find ways to incorporate children back into the funeral service.
  • Learn how to tend to client families’ physical and emotional needs in relation to their children. 


Thursday, June 15 – 1:00 p.m. ET          
Harness the Power of Google, Facebook, and Other Reviews to Better Serve Families 
Jessica A. Smith, OGR

Did you know families are talking about your funeral home online? Be sure you’re not cut out of the conversation.

  • Discuss which sites your funeral home may be reviewed on.
  • Learn how to handle both positive and negative online reviews.
  • Find out how Google and Facebook reviews can connect you to community residents.



Thursday, July 20 – 1:00 p.m. ET               
Behind the Scenes of the JFK Assassination: Lessons for Today’s Funeral Director 
Jim Kurtz, SinoSource

Join this webinar for a rare look at the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the mistakes funeral directors made in 1963. This program will not cover details of the assassination or any conspiracy theories, but rather a behind-the-scenes look at funeral directors in Dallas and Washington DC and their response to the death of JFK. 

  • Find out what it was like to be a funeral director working with the Secret Service after the president’s death.
  • Discover tips for responding to media and social media, placing/operating cameras in restricted areas, and documenting business practices following a public death.
  • Learn best practices when handling high profile calls.



Thursday, August 17 – 1:00 p.m. ET         
Trends in Funeral Merchandising and Selection Room Design
Marty Strohofer, Matthews Aurora

With the advent of the Internet and cremation on the rise, customers’ preferences are changing. Learn to give families what they really want.

  • See how selection rooms are adapting to cremation.  
  • Determine if your funeral home needs a selection room.
  • Learn how technology can be used to present more choices to families.
  • Gain insights into what families want from funerals. 




Thursday, September 21 – 1:00 p.m. ET
Investing in Key Employees –Jack West, Federated Insurance

Explore how you can invest in fellow employees to retain the best talent possible at your funeral home.

  • Discover ways to reward key employees and let them know they’re valued.
  • Learn the “triple protection option” to recruit and train top talent.
  • Explore good hiring practices 




Thursday, November 9  – 1:00 p.m. ET
How to Drive Leads on Social Media, It’s Not Just ‘Good Will’ Marketing
Ryan Thogmartin, Disrupt Media Co.

Many funeral directors wonder if using Facebook for their funeral home is worth their time and resources. Wonder no more! This session will look at how to use social media effectively to drive leads and help your families understand the value of memorialization.

  • Discover who is most likely to engage with funeral homes on Facebook
  • Get ideas for conversation topics that get families engaged.
  • See examples of how funeral homes have successfully interacted with families on social media.
  • Find tips for how to generate preneed leads without selling.