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. Members may participate in one or more of the study groups simultaneously. 

"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

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 customers.

Using a combination of discussion methods, internal and external expertise, and industry data, Study Groups work toward a list of achievable actions that you can implement at your firm. Participants are invited to send topics you’d like the group to discuss 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!

Participation in a Study Group is free of charge. All you pay for is your travel and meal expenses. To be added to the mailing list for upcoming Study Group Sessions, click the link below.


Conference Study Group Session
The DeSoto Hotel
Thursday, May 9 | 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
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. Registration is required. Free to attend. 

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

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 information and registration form coming soon!

November Study Group Session
Heritage Mortuary
3610 N. Rancho Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89130
702 852-1463
Hosted by Larnique Mickens

Dates and details coming soon!