Important Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The health of our client families and our employees has always been a priority; it is even more so today based on the national emergency concerning COVID-19.

Based on the recommendations and guidelines provided by the CDC and the National Funeral Directors Association, we are implementing an action plan that may impose limits on certain requests as they relate to funeral and memorial services.

As always, we will do everything in our power to ensure the life of a loved one is honored and remembered in a dignified manner. Be assured we will handle each family's request individually and will do all we can to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Please continue to follow the guidelines outlined by medical professionals and if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grief Support

When a loved one's funeral service is over, our Ministry does not end...

The Grief Support Group at RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME is available to folks in our community who are grieving because someone important to them has died. The Group is led by facilitators Orbie Estep and Stephen Foster, who have many years of experience providing direction and guidance with compassion and understanding to those on their personal journey through grief.

The focus of our Grief Support Group is to try to help bereaved folks understand their emotions, and help them cope with their feelings so they can move forward with life. In addition, beneficial insights may be gained from other members of the group who choose to share their own thoughts and feelings as they experience the various stages of their own bereavement process.

Our Grief Support Group meets at the funeral home for 6 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (please refer to the schedule below), then takes a 2 – week break before coming back for the next 6-week cycle. A potluck dinner is held on the 6 th Tuesday of each cycle.

The RICHARDS, RAFF & DUNBAR MEMORIAL HOME Grief Support Group was founded by the funeral homes’ owners, Rick Dunbar and his wife Anne Guyton-Dunbar, after the 1997 death of Anne’s father, Dr. Donald H. Guyton, a much-beloved local pediatrician. Rick and Anne realized there wasn’t an organization in the Springfield and Clark County area that was dedicated to helping the bereaved cope with the loss of a loved one, so they established their own outreach program. It is the longest running Grief Support Group in the area, and has always been free of charge.

Please join us when you feel you are ready…if in the meantime you have any questions about our Grief Support Group, you may call Orbie Estep or Anne Guyton-Dunbar at (937) 325-1564 or contact us through our Staff Page.


          Hope for the Holidays 

        Candlelight Service of Remembrance

        date in December will be announced

In addition, we have provided some helpful grief support links below: 

Community Mercy Hospice Support Groups - call (937) 390-9665 for information

Southgate Baptist Church Grief Support Group

Meets Sunday at 3:00 pm

Grace Church

Meets Wednesday at 6:30 pm

Crisis, Grief and Healing, the first interactive grief website on the internet, offers discussion boards, articles, book suggestions, and advice for men and women working through every aspect of grief. The site’s founder, Tom Golden LCSW, has provided book excerpts and contact information to help those healing from loss.


Willowgreen offers support and information for those dealing with life transition & aging, illness & caregiving, loss & grief, and hope & spirituality.  The site offers advice, products, and inspirational materials.

Grief and Loss   

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) website contains a Grief & Loss section with grief-related articles and information.

Growth House  

Growth House is an award-winning website that offers international resources for life-threatening illnesses and end of life care. The site features hypertext topic pages that explain major issues across the spectrum of hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. It also offers disease-specific guides, an online bookstore, and even their own radio station.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization   

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s website provides a host of information and resources for people facing a life-limiting illness or injury and their caregivers.

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