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Spotlight on Beau "Lac" Funeral Home & Crematorium

Marianne Turcotte and Mark Muir are co-owners, managers and funeral directors at Beau “Lac” Funeral Home and Crematorium, Ltd. in Spirtwood, Shellbrook and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan with branch offices in Big River and Leask, Saskatchewan.

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Montage Your Change Journey

Are you facing a tough challenge or change at work? You might get frustrated if you expect steady progress or quick resolution. None of us is going to glide smoothly from start to finish. So, what do you do when you hit a rough patch? Your answer can mean the difference between success and defeat. Change your perspective to realize you’re collecting footage for your montage. 

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Memorial Day

You may see it in ads or on social media posts. I saw it in the newspaper for a local mattress company with a holiday sale announcement. It is the three words that anger me the most: "Happy Memorial Day." 

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OGR Foundation Grants Record Number of ‘Awards of Excellence’ Scholarships

A record nine students were awarded scholarships through OGR’s charitable foundation this year. All demonstrated solid academic performance, community involvement and a dedication to the independent funeral service model OGR stands for.

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Stand Out in a Time of Change

We can safely say that cremation is here to stay. With an annual growth rate of 1.5 – 3% across the U.S. and an upswing in direct-to consumer e-commerce platforms, it’s no wonder that traditional funeral homes are feeling a financial pinch when it comes to the overall decrease in revenue per funeral.

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Young Professional Spotlight: Brittany Lawrence Teaster

Brittany Lawrence Teaster is a 37-year-old funeral director and office manager at Boone Family Memorial Home in West Jefferson, North Carolina.

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Online Reviews: The Good, the Bad and the Undeserved

“It’s hard to deal with a loss of a loved one when cops are sitting here with radar guns. Thanks for the consideration guys!”

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Easily Offer Support Following the Funeral

“Thank you for offering such a wonderful resource for people like myself who are grieving to know I am not alone in this journey. I look forward to our next grief support group meeting." - Ann

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Set Your Funeral Home Apart with a Pet Remembrance Service

Think this has nothing to do with your funeral home since you are not a pet funeral provider? Think again. Offering this service can gain your funeral home free publicity, forge partnerships within your community and build a list of grateful humans who see your funeral home as a supportive place to turn to.

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Castiglia, Hemmerle Partner on Tornado Relief

OGR prides itself on being a place where our members can connect with one another to share ideas and spur each other on to better serve their communities, but it’s also a place where our members forge personal connections that extend beyond the funeral home. 

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Presidents Message: Join Me in Indianapolis

I'm looking forward to seeing you this year at OGR's Annual Conference! Our board and staff have worked to offer virtual connection opportunities in the three years since our last in-person meeting to help keep our connections strong, but I am excited that we will finally have the opportunity to step outside the Zoom box and see each other again in the flesh.

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What You Can Expect at OGR's Annual Conference

Fuel your think-tank at OGR's Annual Conference!

Register for a three day race with multiple educational pit stops along the way! Take the time to reunite with colleagues and friends for the first time since the pandemic started, while delving into topics that focus on leadership and innovation. PLUS the schedule allows ample time for networking and idea-sharing amongst peers. 

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At a Glance: April, May & June 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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Moving Forward: Post-pandemic ideas for thriving in funeral service

Now that COVID is moving into its endemic phase, we’re all breathing a sigh of relief. Everyone is tired of pandemic life. Funeral home staff, especially, have been asked over and over again to go above and beyond. Understandably, you’re tired, you’re numb, and many of you are probably traumatized.

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Meet the Keynote Speaker for OGR's Annual Conference!

Say hello to Amy Waninger! Join us in May at OGR's Annual Conference to hear her speak on how you can "move from panic to purpose" in your own business even as the funeral profession changes more rapidly than ever before. 

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Reliable Funeral Supply now offers direct ordering, bypassing distributors

Saint Francis Cromo announced in March that they will now be known as “Reliable Funeral Supply, a division of Saint Francis Cromo.” The rebrand also comes with a shift to offering customers the option of ordering directly through Reliable Funeral Supply instead of going through a distributor.

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FEMA tops $2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance, announces new campaign to increase program awareness

WASHINGTON (March 15, 2022) - FEMA announced today it has provided over $2 billion in COVID-19 funeral assistance to support more than 300,000 applicants grappling with the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic. FEMA is also launching a new outreach campaign and continuing to process applications to ensure that this program -- already the largest offering of funeral assistance in FEMA’s history -- reaches additional eligible families in need.

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Express Funeral Funding Launches New Website

Express Funeral Funding is thrilled to announce the launch of their new website, www.expressfuneralfunding.com. The new platform provides a sleek, leading-edge design, coupled with impeccable functionality and a comprehensive overview of the expansive services Express Funeral Funding offers.

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Be a yeti to survive change

Changes, especially at work, can be stressful. They come in a variety of forms: new computer systems, reorganizations, shifts in responsibilities, personnel turnover. We are very rarely the ones initiating the change. Rather, we are more likely to find ourselves constantly responding to a wide variety of changes, all at the same time! Therefore, it makes sense for us to spend time developing strategies to deal with this barrage.

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At a Glance: March, April & May 2022

OGR's monthly feature previewing education, events and other opportunities coming up over the next three months.

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