These strategy sessions are your chance to swap experiences, ideas and best practices to advance your funeral home to the next level. OGR Study Group meet in various cities across the country and the world. Study Groups meet throughout the year to explore ways to better serve families, fulfill increasingly diverse requests for services, achieve profit goals, and attract new families.

"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. We brainstorm and support each other and come up with some really creative ideas."

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

Using a combination of discussion methods, internal and external expertise, and industry data, Study Group participants work together to develop practical takeaways that you can implement at your firm. Participants can suggest topics and bring materials with you that you that wish to share (financial disclosures not required). Study Group participants    act as your personal consultants by way of their opinions, experiences and insights. If you’re looking to learn successful strategies from colleagues that will help advance your firm to  the next level, then joining a Study Group is right for you!

Study Groups are open exclusively to OGR members. Registration is free (you pay your travel and meal expenses). You can attend one or more study groups throughout the year. Click the link below for more information about upcoming Study Groups. 


September Study Group Session
Pagenkopf Funeral Home
2228 N. Silver Maple Lane, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin 53066
Hosted by Kevin & Cindy Pagenkopf, Owners, Pagenkopf Funeral Home

Sunday, September 15: Arrival; Optional Group Dinner
Monday, September 16: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Group Dinner
Tuesday, September 17: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Hotel recommendations: (please make your own reservations)
Staybridge Suites Milwaukee West-Oconomowoc - 1141 Blue Ribbon Dr, Oconomowoc, WI
The Delafield Hotel - 415 Genesee Street, Delafield, WI

Click here to register for the September Study Group
Registration open to OGR member firms only

November Study Group Session
Heritage Mortuary
3610 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Hosted by Larnique Mickens, Owner, Heritage Mortuary 

Wednesday, November 13: Arrival; Optional Group Dinner
Thursday, November 14: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Group Dinner
Friday, November 15: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Hotel recommendation: (please make your own reservations)
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa - 221 N. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 

Click here to register for the November Study Group 
Registration open to OGR member firms only

International Study Group Session
Date and location coming soon!

2024 Past Study Groups
Conference Study Group Session
The DeSoto Hotel - May 9 
All members, whether you are intrigued by OGR Study Groups or already actively involved, are welcome to join this optional interactive session. During this condensed version of a Study Group session, participants will share strategies, exchange ideas, and discuss best practices for managing independently owned funeral homes.