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The Independent

The Independent® is a quarterly magazine published by the International Order of the Golden Rule. The magazine offers current news about the funeral profession, expert analysis, and unique insights from thought leaders. Additionally, the magazine offers news on OGR members, programs and activities. The Independent® is number one source for today's funeral professional. 

All OGR members get a printed copy of The Independent as well as access to the digital version for free as a benefit of membership. Non-members can subscribe for:

  • One Year (4 issues): $80
  • Two Years (8 issues): $150
  • Students & Educators receive 20% off annual rate (copy of student/teacher photo ID required)

To subscribe to The Independent, contact Marketing & Communications at (800) 637-8030.

See an article in a recent issue that you want to republish in your own publication? Contact Marketing & Communications for written permission.

Looking for previous editions of The Independent? OGR Members can view and download digital versions of recent issues by clicking below!



2023 OGR Buyer's Guide

Below is the updated OGR Buyer's Guide from Fall 2023. The OGR Buyer's Guide is a directory of Supply Partners who provide the best products and services available in funeral service today. These partners provide OGR members with the quality, value, and unmatched service to meet the needs of their funeral homes. Click the cover below to view the 2023 edition. 

Last updated March 6, 2024


This bi-weekly eNewsletter brings current news and trends to your funeral home, along with OGR information and member opportunities. Learn what's going on in funeral service in an easy to read format, delivered right to your computer. If you work for an OGR member firm but aren't receiving InSights, reach out to us at [email protected].

In addition to the incredible content, InSights offers an exclusive advertising opportunity. Contact Marketing & Communications at (800) 637-8030 and your banner could be in the next issue. OGR Supply Partners get discounted rates!



Letters to the Editor are invited from any source. Members are encouraged to submit news about their funeral homes, honors received or community involvement activities. Editorial submissions are free for members, including supply partners. Companies that are not members or supply partners may submit editorials for a fee. Contact Marketing & Communications for current rates.

Contributed articles should be 750-2,500 words long. Articles should not be self-promotional, but instead be of interest to the funeral profession and/or small business owners. At least one accompanying photo, graphic/chart or other artwork is appreciated; additional visuals will be used as space allows. OGR reserves the right to edit all submitted materials for clarity, appropriateness and space limitations, adhering to Associated Press style. OGR does not assume responsibility for unsolicited materials. Published articles reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of OGR.


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  • The Independent
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    Indianapolis, IN 46268


Advertising Media Kit

Reach more than 1,000 loyal Golden Rule independent funeral home owners and managers with your ad in The Independent®. Reserve space today by contacting Marketing & Communications at (800) 637-8030.  The advertisement of any product or service in The Independent® does not represent an endorsement by OGR.

Contact [email protected] to request a copy of our Media Kit and Insertion Order.