New OGR Booklet Provides Information to Help Communities Cope With the Opioid Crisis

November 6, 2017
Advertisement

AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 2017 – Funeral professionals have  been among the first to witness the devastating impact the opioid epidemic has had on the families of more than 35,000 opioid overdose victims each year in the United States and Canada. In response, The International Order of the Golden Rule (OGR), has released a new booklet entitled “Opioid Epidemic: How Communities Can Respond”, a follow-up to “Opioid Epidemic: How Funeral Directors Can Respond”, which was distributed to more than 20,000 funeral professionals. The new booklet was written to educate members of funeral homes’ communities about the realities of addiction, to encourage them to take action when able, and to provide comfort to those who have been affected.

The 44-page booklet’s contents include: how opioid addiction differs from other addictions; potential risks opioid users pose to others; the complicated grief that survivors often experience after losing loved ones to overdoses; recommendations for finding grief support; suggestions for planning a funeral or memorial service; and ideas for getting involved in community efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.

OGR President Charles Castiglia, Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg, NY said, “This booklet was designed as a resource to be distributed by funeral professionals to those in their communities.” In a panel discussion he moderated at the 2017 NFDA International Convention & Expo,  Castiglia shared his experiences serving families who lost loved ones to drug overdoses and the steps he and his staff have taken to educate their community about ways they can respond to this growing crisis.

Copies of “Opioid Crisis: How Communities Can Respond” are available through OGR at www.ogr.org/opioid. A Kindle version is also available through Amazon.

Advertisement

About OGR
Founded in 1928, OGR is affiliated with independent funeral homes that share common goals of exemplary service, uncompromising care and compassion to families in their time of need. For more information, visit www.ogr.org.

CDFuneralNews

CDFuneralNews

ConnectingDirectors.com is the leading online daily publication for funeral professionals with a reader base of over 45,000 of the most elite and forward-thinking professionals in the profession. With ConnectingDirectors.com we have created a global community through an online platform allowing funeral professionals to Stay Current. Stay Informed and Stay Elite.
CDFuneralNews
Advertisement

You may be interested

WHY DO WE GIVE ALL OUR CONTENT AWAY FOR FREE? | DISRUPT60 007
DISRUPT60
124 views
DISRUPT60
124 views

WHY DO WE GIVE ALL OUR CONTENT AWAY FOR FREE? | DISRUPT60 007

CDFuneralNews - July 18, 2018

This question gets asked on the daily, "Why do you give so much away for free?". It's a pretty simple…

ASD’s Spanish Translation Services and Web Form Watch Dog™ Features Selected As Finalists for 2018 NFDA Members’ Choice Award
Answering Service for Directors
11 views
Answering Service for Directors
11 views

ASD’s Spanish Translation Services and Web Form Watch Dog™ Features Selected As Finalists for 2018 NFDA Members’ Choice Award

CDFuneralNews - July 18, 2018

Media, PA—ASD–Answering Service for Directors is pleased to announce two of the company’s features have been recognized as finalists for…

WISCONSON VERDICT HAS HHUUGGEE IMPLICATIONS ON THE FUNERAL PROFESSION | FUNERAL nation 117
Funeral Industry News
1136 views
Funeral Industry News
1136 views

WISCONSON VERDICT HAS HHUUGGEE IMPLICATIONS ON THE FUNERAL PROFESSION | FUNERAL nation 117

CDFuneralNews - July 16, 2018

The divide continues in the land of cheese. Wisconsin Supreme Court delivered the final verdict saying Funeral Homes and cemeteries…

Comments