Study Groups

OGR YP Study Group 2019Quick Facts

What are Study Groups?

These information exchanges are your chance to swap experiences, materials and best practices that advance funeral homes to the next level of success. Participants are asked before the event to:

  • send topics you’d like the group to discuss in advance;
  • bring materials with you that you wish to share with participants; and
  • be prepared to describe any projects or actions you’re considering. Study Group participants will act as your consultants by offering their opinions, experiences and insights.


"When I bought my second location, those study groups and OGR overall were invaluable because they coached me on what it would be like to have a second location and how to make it through that transition, both the challenges and the positives....It’s a resource and a network of funeral directors.

"When COVID came along, a bunch of us were texting each other different ideas....We brainstorm and support each other and come up with some really creative ideas."

Charles Castiglia
Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home
Hamburg & West Seneca, NY

2 new groups forming in 2022

There will be two additional opportunities to connect with a study group community in the new year. In addition to our North America and Global study groups, we will also have East Coast and West Coast groups. The date and time of each group's first meeting will be determined based the schedules of those who register.

Each regionally based study group will meet in-person periodically throughout the year starting in 2022 to explore ways to fulfill increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new customers.

Using a combination of discussion methods, internal and external expertise, and industry data, the Study Groups work toward a list of achievable actions that participants can implement at your business.

If you’re looking to exchange information and learn successful strategies from colleagues that can help advance your funeral home to the next level, then joining a Study Group is right for you!


Participation in all four groups is free of charge, but you will need to be able to pay for your own travel expenses.


Email OGR Executive Director Wendy King.