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OGR welcomes newest Supply Partner - INEX

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 6, 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 INEX as its newest partner.

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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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'Last responders' brace for surge in COVID-19 deaths across US

Funeral directors across the United States, including Shauna Kjos-Miotke of OGR member firm Fiksdal Funeral Home, discuss the spike in coronavirus-related death cases.

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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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OGR welcomes newest Supply Partner - Cremations Consulting

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 9, 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 Cremation Consulting 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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OGR welcomes newest Supply Partner - Veterans Funeral Care

INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 7, 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 Veterans Funeral Care as its newest partner.

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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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Thumbies and Bass-Mollett announce new partnership

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (October 30, 2020) – Thumbies® Inc., an OGR Endorsed Supplier and creator of one-of-a-kind jewelry and keepsakes worn or carried in memory of a loved one, is pleased to announce a new affiliation with industry-leader Bass-Mollett Publishers. This strategic alliance will allow Bass-Mollett’s team of independent representatives to offer the Thumbies line of jewelry in their portfolio of products, supporting the needs of their funeral partners nationwide.

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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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International Perspective: OGR international members on COVID-19

OGR asked some of its international members to offer perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic is playing out in their cities and countries.

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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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