OGR member Brunswick Memorial Home recognized as 'Best of the Best' by NFDA

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 2, 2021) – The Order of the Golden Rule is excited to announce one of its members was recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association as the "Best of the Best" for 2021 as part of their annual Pursuit of Excellence Awards.

Just three firms total were recognized as Best of the Best this year, including OGR member Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, New Jersey. OGR itself just recognized Brunswick with its Community Service Award earlier this year. Brunswick is also home to the new chair of OGR's Young Professionals Council, Arianna Rule.

"OGR prides itself on helping independently owned and operated funeral homes across the globe provide elite service to their communities regardless of size," said OGR's Executive Director Wendy King. "We could not be more proud of our members and the truly golden service they provide day-in and day-out."

NFDA Pursuit of ExcellencePursuit of Excellence awards are given based on proficiency in key areas of funeral service, including compliance with government regulations; staff participation in ongoing education and professional development; offering outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families; and more. All applicants submit an essay describing the development and execution of a program or service that had a positive impact on the families they serve or their community, qualifying them for the Best of the Best Award, which recognizes up to 10 of the most novel and innovative programs and services in the profession.

Four OGR firms are marking their 10th year of being recognized as Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients, making them eligible to be inducted into the NFDA's Hall of Excellence:

  • Brunswick Memorial Home  East Brunswick, N.J.
  • Karrer-Simpson Funeral Home – Port Huron, Mich. & company
  • Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home – Hamburg, N.Y. & company
  • Wieting Family Funeral Home – Chilton, Wis.

Other OGR members recognized as Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients this year are:

  • Anderson Funeral & Cremation Services – Belvidere, Ill.
  • Arlington Memorial Chapels – Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
  • Arnette & Steele Funeral Home & Cremation Center – Pineville, Ky. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, Inc. – Covington, Ga. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Cozean Memorial Chapel & Crematory – Farmington, Mo. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • David C. Brown Funeral Home – Belleville, Mich. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Gardinier Funeral Home, Inc. – Franklin, Penn. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Hightower Family Funeral Homes – Carrollton , Ga.
  • Hightower Funeral Home  Bremen, Ga.
  • Hightower's Memorial Chapel  Douglasville, Ga.
  • Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home  West Seneca, N.Y. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services – Grand Blanc, Mich.
  • Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services – Mt. Morris, Mich. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services – Vassar, Mich. (Hall of Excellence member)
  • Marysville Funeral Home  Marysville, Mich.
  • Pollock-Randall Funeral Home  Port Huron, Mich.
  • Oliverie Funeral Home  Jackson, N.J.
  • Oliverie Funeral Home – Manchester, N.J.
  • Pray Funeral Home – Charlotte, Mich. (Hall of Excellence member)

Fewer than 5% of independently owned funeral homes can call themselves Golden Rule Funeral Homes and those that do promise to adhere to a set of eleven ethical standards, including to provide the highest level of competence and care, further their education to better serve the public, and to disclose all prices fully and clearly.

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