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.

2018 Grief Support Group meeting schedule:

          Session 1

           January 9                               

          January 16                              

          January 23

          January 30                              

          February 6                             

          February  13 * *   Potluck                   

           Session 2

          March 6                                  

          March 13                                

          March 20                                

          March 27                      

          April 3                                     

          April 10  * *    Potluck                       

           Session 3

          May 1

          May 8

          May 15

          May 22

          May 29

          June 5 * *  Potluck

           Session 4

          June 26

          July 3

          July 10

          July 17

          July 24

          July  31  * *  Potluck

           Session 5

          August 21

          August 28

          September 4

          September 11

          September 18

          September  25  * *  Potluck

           Session 6

          October 16

          October 23

          October 30

          November 6

          November 13

          November   20  * *  Potluck


          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: 

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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