These information exchanges are your chance to swap experiences, materials and best practices that advance funeral homes to the next level of success. OGR offers North America, West Coast, East Coast and Global Study Groups. 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.

"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

Each regionally based study group will meet in-person at least once a year 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. Participants are invited to send topics you’d like the group to discuss and bring materials with you that you that wish to share with the group (financial disclosures not required). 

Study Group participants will act as your consultants by offering their opinions, experiences and insights. 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 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.


October 1-3, 2023 - Corona, California
Hosted & facilitated by Chris Miller, Thomas Miller Mortuary & Crematory, Corona, CA. Contact Chris at [email protected] or 951-505-6101. 

     October 1: Optional: Temecula Wine Tasting Tour, Group Dinner 
     October 2: Study Group Session 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Group Dinner
     October 3: Study Group Session 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

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October 15-17, 2023 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted by Kim Hunter at Humphrey Funeral Home A.W. Miles - Newbigging Chapel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Facilitated by George Darte, George Darte Funeral Chapel. Contact George Darte at [email protected] or 905-687-6066. 

     October 15: Group Dinner
     October 16: Study Group Session 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Group Dinner
     October 17: Study Group Session 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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October 21-23, 2023 - England
Hosted by Jeremy Field, C.P.J. Field & Co. Limited, West Sussex, England
Facilitated by George Darte, George Darte Funeral Chapel, Ontario, Canada. Contact George Darte at [email protected] or 905-687-6066, or Jeremy Field at [email protected] or +44-771-163-5567

October 21: Group Dinner
October 22: Study Group Session 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Group Dinner
October 23: Study Group Session 8 a.m. - Noon

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2024 Date Coming Soon!

Questions? Contact OGR Executive Director Wendy King at [email protected] or 512-334-5502 ext. 140.