Funerals & 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 contact Will Marsh. 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 11:00 am weekdays). 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 and share memories of your loved one to assist the presider in preparing a homily.

Bereavement Team:

If you feel called to assist families in planning funeral services and are interested in accompanying them as a Bereavement Minister, please contact Will Marsh.

Funeral Choir:

If you are interested in singing at a funeral, rehearsal is usually one hour prior. We sing songs that are selected by the family. It is accompanied on piano and organ. For more information contact Madeleine Demetriades

Pre-Planning a Funeral:

If you would like to inquire about pre-planning a funeral, please call the parish office (937)-252-9919 when you are ready. We have experienced volunteers available to work with you confidentially to make note of your wishes. Once completed, a copy of the planning sheet is filed at the parish office. If you have any questions please contact Will Marsh at (937)-252-9919 ext. 208 or email him at