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10-minute Talks: A new way to reach out to caregivers

The pandemic has been especially challenging for professionals working in healthcare. Nursing homes, hospices and hospitals have all had the stress of handling the unknown while trying to maintain their own health and wellness.

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Professional development from OGR: At your pace, on your schedule

2020 brought new challenges and course corrections we had not anticipated. As we start 2021, OGR is committed to providing you with the professional development opportunities that address the challenges that independently owned funeral homes face and prepare you for the next stages of funeral service. After all, we have had over 90 years of experience serving professionals just like you.

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OGR member recognized as Funeral Director of the Year by 'American Funeral Director' magazine

Geri Oliverie, manager and owner of Oliverie Funeral Home in Manchester Township, New Jersey, has been selected as "American Funeral Director" magazine's 2020 Funeral Director of the Year.

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Meet OGR's new executive director

Last fall I had the privilege of joining the International Order of the Golden Rule as your new Executive Director/CEO. A lifetime of association and non-profit work has prepared me for this role, but I also know I have the advantage of having the Big 4 (family, staff, volunteers and members) by my side as OGR enters 2021.

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President's Message: Forging a new path

2020 was a year of change, in more ways than one. OGR transitioned to a new management team led by Raybourn Group International in Indianapolis; funeral homes adapted to serve their families without traditional connection and service opportunities; and associations like ours – across all sectors – have learned they can’t rely on their annual conference as their primary means of networking and growth.

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OGR Virtual Roundtables return in 2021

OGR is hosting a series of roundtable discussions to provide a networking platform for members to share their best practices, ideas and questions around common challenges facing funeral service today. These informal discussions will be your opportunity to connect with other members, share your expertise and learn from their experiences.

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The Foresight Companies announces Chris Cruger as new CEO

The longtime industry expert will assume responsibility over the day-to-day operations of Foresight, one of OGR's supply partners.

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OGR welcomes BerylMartin as newest supply partner

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 4, 2021) – The Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, is pleased to welcome BerylMartin as its newest partner.

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OGR welcomes Final Security as newest supply partner

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 17, 2020) – The Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), the world’s leading professional association dedicated to making independent funeral homes exceptional, is pleased to welcome Final Security as its newest partner.

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Starmark introduces new Artisan series

The Artisan Cremation Container line offers affordable options for modest viewings.

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Support the OGR Foundation through the shopping you already do

Did you know the Order of the Golden Rule Foundation is a registered charity at AmazonSmile? It's a program run by Amazon.com designed to help you support your favorite charity at no cost to you.

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OpusXenta makes booking process easier with 'byondcloud'

SOUTHLAKE, Texas (Dec. 1, 2020) — OpusXenta, an OGR Supply Partner, has recently launched byondcloud, the premier online marketplace for the deathcare industry. After its introduction in Australia, New Zealand and the UK, OpusXenta has now launched byondcloud in the United States.

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OGR announces Wendy King as new Executive Director/CEO

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 10, 2020) – The Order of the Golden Rule is excited to announce Wendy King as its new executive director and CEO.

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Support the next generation of funeral directors

With funeral homes being in “all hands on deck” mode for the past six months, the importance of strong talent coming out of our mortuary schools has become more apparent than any other point in recent history.

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Young Professional Spotlight: Candace Hawkins

Candace Hawkins is a 35-year-old funeral director and care center supervisor at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in Hamburg, New York. She also serves as the location manager for one of their offices.

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Too much grief

Many funeral directors may be struggling to cope with their own grief overload

For many funeral directors, COVID-19 has been a nonstop wrecking ball, decimating families and communities. And who’s in the midst of this crisis providing care to the hundreds of thousands of dead and their grieving people? The funeral home staff whose vocations have placed them squarely in the wrecking ball’s path.

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See where you are - and where you're going

The value of demographic analysis and revenue forecasting in market positioning and financial management

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Grief Interrupted: Mourners turning to memorial items during pandemic

The rituals and ceremonies that mark the death of a human being undergo constant evolution and personalization to reflect the endless variety of beliefs, traditions and family preferences.

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Investing in the next generation

The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home has been in the Ferry family since 1890 and a member of OGR since 1955. The business is currently run by 5th generation funeral directors Daniel, 36, and Patrick Ferry, 40. Their father Thomas L. Ferry, III, 71, recently retired as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President's Message: What next? The need for a strategic plan

This fall, OGR’s board of directors will embark on the development of a new three-year strategic plan for our great organization. Arguably, there has not been a time in our 92-year history when purposeful and thoughtful planning has been needed in our industry more than it is now, and OGR is ready to do its part to help us all ensure we are able to continue to be the best of the best when it comes to providing exceptional funeral care.

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