Funerals, Bereavement, & Grief

The time immediately following death is often one of bewilderment and may involve shock or heartrending grief for the family and close friends. The ministry of the Church at this time is one of  gently accompanying the bereaved in their initial adjustment to the fact of death and to the sorrow this entails. (Order of Christian Funerals)

If you have recently lost a loved one and are looking to have funeral services through Immaculate Conception, normally communication happens through the funeral home you are working with to make arrangements. However, if you have questions and wish to speak with someone here do not hesitate to give Will Marsh a call in the parish office at 937.252.9919 ext. 208, if it is after hours please call our after hours and emergency line at 937.272.4898 to make arrangements for a funeral.

After the date and time for the funeral has been confirmed (typically funerals are at 10:30am on Tuesdays through Fridays, due to Father Satish’s availability). A trained member of our bereavement team will reach out to you and set up a mutually agreeable time to pick readings and music for the funeral service.

Bereavement Team:

If you feel called to assist families in planning funeral services and are interested in accompany them as a Bereavement Minister, please contact Will Marsh at 937.252.9919 ext. 208 or by e-mail at


Included walking alongside those who have experienced lost is the group called the “Marthas.” The Marthas provide food for a reception following a parishioners funeral service. We are always look for new members to provide a casserole, salad, or dessert. For more information about the Marthas or to have your name put on a call list for preparing a dish, please call Donna Rice at 937.256.7434.

Funeral Choir:

Immaculate Conception parish also has a Funeral Choir. The choir sings at the funeral masses. They meet half-an-hour before the funeral mass to rehearse. For more information contact Amy Gray at amygray@icparishdayton or 937.252.9919 ext. 209. All are welcome.

Grief Support
We know that the funeral is only the beginning of the journey through grief that loved ones go through, we have an ongoing grief support ministry. For more information
click here or contact Spencer Hargadon at 937.252.9919 ext. 207 or by e-mail at