Aftercare & Outreach

Funeral Directors – The Unsung Heroes of the Holidays

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The holiday season can be especially stressful for funeral directors. You may not get time off like everyone else, or you may live far away from your family. Often, due to the demands of your profession, you can’t travel to be with your own loved ones.

When a death occurs during the holiday season, it can be especially difficult for the families you serve. As a result, the family may take out their anger, along with other negative emotions associated with the passing, on you. As a funeral director, you have no choice but to let them vent.

Sacrificing time with your loved ones and dealing with the misplaced distress of families happen year-round. However, these issues become more pronounced during the holiday season.

December brings some of the coldest, darkest days of the year, yet people use this time to spread joy and make happy memories. In the spirit of this wonderful season, let’s take a moment to find the bright side.  Read the rest of this entry »

Golden Rule Guidelines: Celebrate Veterans Day!

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Last year, we talked about how Golden Rule funeral homes observed Veterans Day.

This year, we will present you with some ideas on how you can honor veterans this November!

1.Make a gesture to show gratitude and support

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Host a brunch for the community. Be sure to recognize any veterans employed in the funeral home, as well as those living in the community. Here are some easy brunch recipes to help you decide what to serve.  Read the rest of this entry »

Funeral Directors Provide Helping Hand during Holidays

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pexels-photoThe holidays! It’s already that time of year. The days are getting shorter, fall wardrobes are back in style, pumpkin spice lattes are here again, and stores are filling up fast with holiday décor.

Aside from the commercialism, the holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends and to reflect on all we are fortunate to have in this life.

While the holidays are the most joyous days of the year, they can also be the most painful, especially for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Funeral directors understand this best.

We’ve compiled a list of ways funeral directors can bring life to their communities during the holiday season, and we’re highlighting a few OGR member firms who are doing it well. Remember, it’s never too early to start planning. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Ways to Host a Holiday Event at Your Funeral Home

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Durbin HOliday FINALIt’s just about that time of year. The weather has cooled. Coats, sweaters, and scarves are out. Hot chocolate is on the stove. ‘Tis the season to be jolly… the holidays are right around the corner!

Hosting a holiday event, either at your funeral home or off-site, is a great way to bring members of your community together. We have put together a few family-oriented event ideas to help you stay involved in your community this holiday season.  Read the rest of this entry »

Golden Rule Funeral Homes are Taking Time to Honor Veterans.

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November 11, 1918 marked the temporary cessation of hostilities, or an armistice, between Allied nations  and Germany and the eventual end of World War I. In honor of that day, November 11 has become known as Veterans Day, a day to “honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.” [1]

Many OGR members, Golden Rule funeral homes, take time each November to honor the veterans in their community. We decided to share some of their stories.  Read the rest of this entry »

Seven Ways to Reach Out to Your Local Hospice

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Funeral directors may see hospice as competition, but this shouldn’t be the case. Developing a relationship with your local hospice can be a rewarding endeavor. In my conversations with funeral directors, I’ve come across several ways to connect with these end-of-life caretakers.

Bridge the gap with your local hospice and see how you can work together to serve the families in your community. Here are some ways to get you started:

  • Have someone from your funeral home be the main person that will develop the relationship with the hospice staff and volunteers. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons Why Aftercare Programs Matter

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By Connie Haymes, GSG Director

OGR is partnering with The Foresight Companies to offer step-by-step instructions on how funeral directors can improve their aftercare programs. We recognize the challenges of trying to provide the highest level of care for those who have experienced the death of a loved one. OGR’s new aftercare program will bring together the best ideas and proven strategies on the most important issue in funeral service – care of the survivors.


If you’re like most funeral professionals, you’re offering some form of aftercare to the families you serve. Have you ever thought about the importance of aftercare? Here are 5 reasons why Aftercare and Outreach Programs are important now.

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