Two organizations that champion the rights of the independent funeral home are coming together for the first time to bring funeral service professionals an important seminar.

We at OGR are partnering with SELECTED Independent Funeral Homes to host an event with Dr. Alan Wolfelt on the value of funerals next Friday and Saturday prior to the NFDA International Convention & Expo in Chicago, IL. Through the October 25-26 seminar, we hope to help members push back against the declining perceived value of funerals.

Foremost funeral service innovator Dr. Alan Wolfelt will lead the group through interactive sessions to explore the importance of why we have funerals, and most importantly, to learn how to articulate the “WHY’S” to families and the community.

We sat down recently with Robert Paterkiewicz, Selected’s CEO & Executive Director, and Mark Allen, OGR’s CEO & Executive Director, to find out more about this event. See the Q&A video below!

14-Minute Q&A with Robert Paterkiewicz, Selected Independent Funeral Home’s Executive Director & CEO and Mark Allen, International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR)’s Executive Director & CEO

Thank you to Messenger and Johnson Consulting Group for generously sponsoring the event.

Interested in registering yourself or a staff members for the October 25-26 seminar in Chicago, IL? Space is still available. Visit for more details or call 800-323-4219.