Learning Library | Annual Conference | Innovation Workshop Young Professionals | Webinars | Veterans Funeral Care WorkshopVirtual RoundtablesPodcasts | Study Groups | CEs | Pheasant Hunt | Be a Presenter


OGR is proud to offer professional development opportunities centered on practical teaching, and networking events designed to foster community among death care professionals in all stages of their careers. The driving mission behind all our events is to make independent funeral homes exceptional while keeping your needs, time and budget in mind.

What's Next

Check out all our events and education planned for 2023 using our online schedule.

Video & Podcast Library

Miss a recent event and want to get caught up? Remember a past webinar or podcast you really loved and want to experience it again? We have just unveiled our new Learning Library - a one-stop shop for OGR webinars, roundtables and podcasts.

You can login with the same username and password you use here at OGR.org. If you have any questions, we've put together a more detailed walk-through of how to use the new library. You can also contact Anna Delph at [email protected].


Annual Conference

The 2023 OGR Conference is an investment in your company's future - gaining access to thought leaders, allowing you to collaborate on best practices, energize, and develop leadership innovations. When we gather in Indianapolis as we honor history while innovating for the future. We strive for synergy. 

Visit www.OGR.org/Annual-Conference for more information and to register. 

Innovation Workshop

What would change if you could see the cremation process through your customer’s eyes? What if you had an unlimited budget and plenty of staff? What would your cremation offerings look like if you had no limits to what you could do? Find out by attending this facilitated problem-solving workshop based on the IDEO Human Centered Design Thinking approach.  

Some of the ideas created at the workshop – not shared but created – will be just what you are looking for. You don’t have to come equipped with the answers; together solutions will be designed that are implementable as soon as you return home. By the end of the day, you will:

  • Have usable ideas to take back to your funeral home
  • Form new relationships with innovative funeral directors 
  • Discover answers to other challenges you are facing 
  • Spend the day in the latest concept in funeral home event centers

Cost: $99 OGR Members | $149 Non-Members (Lunch and snacks included)

Young Professionals

OGR Young Professionals are members who are not yet in primary decision-making roles at their funeral homes, regardless of age. Whether you're just starting out in funeral service or you've been a funeral director for 20+ years, this group is for you. 



The health and wellbeing of both you and your business is one of the keys to a successful 2023. Over this year's seven-part series, Financial Fitness & Organizational Agility, we will cover topics ranging from your personal and business financial health to the strength of your workforce and marketing efforts. Learn more and register at OGR.org/Webinars.


Veterans Funeral Care Workshop

Do you know how to establish your funeral home as the definitive choice for veterans in your area? This two-part workshop will give you all the tools you need to better serve those who served us, not just on Veterans Day but every day of the year. Finish both classes and you could be eligible to join the VFC Network, which offers even more tools to differentiate yourself from the competition.


Virtual Roundtables

Sometimes the best way to learn is from your peers. While educational webinars are 45-50 minutes of presentation content followed by 10-15 minutes of live Q&A, these member-led roundtable discussions start with a 5-10 minute presentation and then spend the rest of the hour as open discussion. Join us to share your own best practices, tips and ideas - and learn some new tricks from your fellow members that will help you grow your business and better serve your families. All roundtables are recorded, with the recordings housed in OGR’s Learning Library. Learn more and sign up at OGR.org/Virtual-Roundtables.



OGR's newest recurring educational opportunity, the Digital Dialogue Series, is a podcast series with a new season each summer. Learn more about our latest season, "What's Your Edge?," or check out past episodes in the Learning Library.


Study Groups

These events are your chance to swap experiences, materials and best practices that advance funeral homes to the next level of success. Learn more and register at OGR.org/Study.


Continuing Education credits (CEs)

See which 2023 programs have been approved for continuing education in your state.


Pheasant Hunt

The annual pheasant hunt is organized and hosted by Kevin Opsahl of OGR member firm Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home in Yankton, S.D. This year's hunt is set for Nov. 2-4 at Biggins Hunting Service near Gregory, S.D.


Become an OGR Thought Leader

Share your expertise in 2023: 

  • have actionable takeaways people can apply to their work;
  • create interactive environments that enhance the learning experience;
  • present original, thought-provoking content that is relevant to the work people are doing right now; and
  • leave audiences inspired and smarter than they were before.

Fill out the OGR Call for Presentations here.


For questions about any of our educational offerings, contact Sr. Education & Events Coordinator Anna Delph at [email protected] or (800) 637-8030.