1. Advance your career by networking with like-minded individuals who aren’t afraid to share ideas for implementing innovation in your funeral home.

  2. Benefit from our resources and open your mind to new possibilities with the click of a mouse at

  3. Commit to excellence through OGR’s Standards of Ethical Conduct.  You’ll join a distinguished community of compassionate professionals who share your dedication to provide quality care with integrity; “service measured not by gold, but by the Golden Rule.”

  4. Connect with colleagues, share best practices and learn new strategies in special interest groups and online discussions, by mentoring or being mentored by savvy associates across the country. Develop leadership skills by participating on committees, in study groups, and in elected Board positions.

  5. Expand your expertise through OGR conferences, educational seminars, webinars and workshops. You will have opportunities to exchange ideas, engage in discussions and discover innovations with real world applications for your funeral home business.

  6. Learn through information you can trust.  Access news that impacts the independent funeral home OGR’s flagship magazine, The Independent®, publishes opinion and commentary on what is happening in the funeral industry, our annual Resource Guide, helps you stay in touch with your OGR network; E-newsletters like The INdependent Insider keep you informed about professional news, and e-FACTS lets you know how to maximize your OGR membership.

  7. Listen to the families you serve through insightful monthly reports provided by OGR’s Family Contact feedback program.

  8. Promote your reputation in the community by communicating the comments you’ll receive from Family Contact surveys by posting them on your website, using them for press releases (find templates for those on in your community media.

  9. Recognize and reward staff members who excel in providing compassionate service to your clients through monthly Family Contact reports.  OGR also recognizes individual lifetime achievement, funeral home community service and exemplary service to families through a series of award programs.  

  10. Stretch your budget!  Enjoy a broad range of the products and services you use every day at substantial discounts, rebates and savings through our Golden Services Group.