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OGR announces Wendy King as new Executive Director/CEO

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 10, 2020) – The Order of the Golden Rule is excited to announce Wendy King as its new executive director and CEO.

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Thumbies and Bass-Mollett announce new partnership

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (October 30, 2020) – Thumbies® Inc., an OGR Endorsed Supplier and creator of one-of-a-kind jewelry and keepsakes worn or carried in memory of a loved one, is pleased to announce a new affiliation with industry-leader Bass-Mollett Publishers. This strategic alliance will allow Bass-Mollett’s team of independent representatives to offer the Thumbies line of jewelry in their portfolio of products, supporting the needs of their funeral partners nationwide.

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Support the next generation of funeral directors

With funeral homes being in “all hands on deck” mode for the past six months, the importance of strong talent coming out of our mortuary schools has become more apparent than any other point in recent history.

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Young Professional Spotlight: Candace Hawkins

Candace Hawkins is a 35-year-old funeral director and care center supervisor at Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, Inc. in Hamburg, New York. She also serves as the location manager for one of their offices.

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Too much grief

Many funeral directors may be struggling to cope with their own grief overload

For many funeral directors, COVID-19 has been a nonstop wrecking ball, decimating families and communities. And who’s in the midst of this crisis providing care to the hundreds of thousands of dead and their grieving people? The funeral home staff whose vocations have placed them squarely in the wrecking ball’s path.

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International Perspective: OGR international members on COVID-19

OGR asked some of its international members to offer perspective on how the coronavirus pandemic is playing out in their cities and countries.

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See where you are - and where you're going

The value of demographic analysis and revenue forecasting in market positioning and financial management

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Grief Interrupted: Mourners turning to memorial items during pandemic

The rituals and ceremonies that mark the death of a human being undergo constant evolution and personalization to reflect the endless variety of beliefs, traditions and family preferences.

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Investing in the next generation

The John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home has been in the Ferry family since 1890 and a member of OGR since 1955. The business is currently run by 5th generation funeral directors Daniel, 36, and Patrick Ferry, 40. Their father Thomas L. Ferry, III, 71, recently retired as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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President's Message: What next? The need for a strategic plan

This fall, OGR’s board of directors will embark on the development of a new three-year strategic plan for our great organization. Arguably, there has not been a time in our 92-year history when purposeful and thoughtful planning has been needed in our industry more than it is now, and OGR is ready to do its part to help us all ensure we are able to continue to be the best of the best when it comes to providing exceptional funeral care.

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4 OGR members recognized as 'Best of the Best' by NFDA

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 8, 2020) – The Order of the Golden Rule is excited to announce that four of its members were recognized by the National Funeral Directors Association as the "Best of the Best" for 2020 as part of their annual Pursuit of Excellence Awards.

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OGR responds to COVID-19 pandemic

 

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Funeral directors share weekly updates for navigating COVID-19, Week 7

OGR members continue to meet and share best practices, ask questions and offer support during coronavirus. During OGR’s online round table, members discuss challenges and relevant tips for facing the COVID-19 pandemic. A summary of last week’s discussion is below.

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10 freedoms for using ceremony during the COVID-19 pandemic

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.

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Funeral directors share weekly updates for navigating COVID-19, Week 6

As the weeks pass by under our “new normal”, OGR members continue to share with one another best practices, questions and support. During OGR’s weekly online round table, members discuss challenges and relevant tips for handling the coronavirus. A summary of last week’s discussion is below.

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OGR installs Mary F. Steele as president

 

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Funeral directors share weekly updates for navigating COVID-19, Week 5

As the weeks pass by under our “new normal”, OGR members continue to share with one another best practices, questions and support. During OGR’s weekly online round table, members discuss challenges and relevant tips for handling the coronavirus. A summary of last week’s discussion is below.

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OGR installs new Board and officers at spring board meeting

 

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Peter 'Skip' Urban honored with association's highest honor

 

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Brunswick Memorial Home receives OGR Community Service Award

 

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