Applications now being accepted for OGR Foundation scholarships

The Order of the Golden Rule Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2021 Awards of Excellence Scholarship Program.

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Member Spotlight: Hoffen Funeral Home – Millstadt, Illinois

Elle Heiligenstein is the owner of OGR member Hoffen Funeral Home, LLC in Millstadt, Illinois, and also serves as funeral director and embalmer. She shared her experiences with running a successful funeral home for the past six years.

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Ignore at your own risk

When was the last time you took a look at your Google reviews? Have you ever taken a look? Have you even claimed your business so that you can respond to reviews as they are made? What about asking happy clients to post a review for your funeral home or cemetery? Based on what I have seen, most funeral homes and cemeteries are not making Google reviews a part of their business plan.

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Young Professional Spotlight: Eric Cahill

Eric S. Cahill is a 40-year-old licensed funeral director and embalmer at Veterans Funeral Care in Clearwater, Florida.

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Waking up to gratitude

I’ve become a fan of sunrises.

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Top challenges and solutions for managing your business on social media

It’s part of our daily lives. We check what our friends and family are up to, keep up to date on news or entertainment, and yes, even check in on our favorite companies. What started as a virtual social gathering space has evolved into an advertising tool for businesses to grow and engage with their customers. But it’s not always the easiest marketing tool to navigate, especially for small businesses, and especially in the funeral industry.

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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 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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