OGR COVID19 Resources

The Order of the Golden Rule staff recognizes the current COVID-19 situation and are monitoring for potential impacts on our members and supply partners.

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Virtual Round Tables

Join our weekly forum for real-time communication via OGR’s virtual round table each Friday. This informal discussion will be an opportunity for members to exchange ideas, share resources, and ask questions regarding COVID-19. Each session will be recorded if you’re unable to join live.

Upcoming Virtual Round Tables:

  • Friday, March 20 | 10:00-11:00 AM EDT - click here to watch (member log in required)
  • Friday, March 27 | 10:00-10:30 AM EDT click here to watch (member log in required)
  • Friday, April 3 | 3:00-3:30 PM EDT

And join OGR for a special Round Table this coming Tuesday – “5 Things You Must Do NOW for Your Business to Survive COVID-19 with Dan Isard” (Tuesday, March 31 | 10:00-10:30 AM EDT)

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OGR Round Table: 5 Things You Must Do NOW for Your Business to Survive COVID-19
Tuesday, March 31   10:00–10:30 a.m. EDT

You may be worried about how this pandemic will affect the finances of your funeral home and what steps you should be taking to address the business impact of COVID-19. Join Dan Isard of The Foresight Companies in a conversation about what you need to know now so that you can make the best business decisions during this time of economic uncertainty. Topics to include:

  • Conserving cash during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hint: It has to do with the bills you usually pay)
  • Prepare to borrow money, possibly through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
  • Steps to take to protect your staff financially
  • Getting the right messaging out to your families and community
  • How the way you handle funeral services today will impact your services in the future

There will be time to ask Dan your financial questions.

Dan Isard of the Foresight Companies is a recognized authority in advising funeral home owners how to handle all aspects of their operations. The financial and business management consulting he has provided over the years has enabled funeral service professionals to reap well-deserved rewards while enhancing their ability to deliver quality services to their communities. 

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Questions? Contact [email protected]


Update as of 3/20/20

We regret to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference & Solution Center, scheduled for April 19-21, 2020 in Asheville, North Carolina, has been canceled due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Click here for more information.


OGR has created a templated notice for members to post on their website and social media pages to inform the public of their funeral home's policy in light of COVID-19. While some of you may already have something in place, others have asked for guidance so feel free to adapt the language to fit your state/provincial laws and regulations. View here



  • How to Embalm with Coronavirus (Covid-19)

This video was not produced by OGR. The presenter is sharing his own information and opinions, not those of OGR.

  • Guidance for Funeral Directors: NFDA announced that the CDC released specific information about funerals to help funeral directors safely care for people who have died of confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The agency also gives direction on holding funeral or visitation services.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: CDC’s resource page includes what you should know about the virus, situation updates, and information for travelers, businesses, and others. CDC has also issued guidance for mass gatherings and postmortem recommendations.
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs: This COVID-19 emergency notification includes information on travel advisories, safe travel tips, and emergency contact information for citizens in China.
  • World Health OrganizationKey Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings in the Context of the Current COVID-19 Outbreak. This guide provides recommendations for risk assessment, connecting with local authorities in the event location, and specific action plans for COVID-19 disease, among other topics.
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The Chamber’s “Understanding the Coronavirus” webinar, recorded on January 27 in partnership with CDC, discusses the impact of the virus on the private sector and what businesses should consider as they respond. 
  • U.S. Travel Association: Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19). This toolkit includes guidance for travelers, a guide for communicating healthy travel practices, and other resources.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 317-328-4569.