Widowed Persons Service is organized exclusively for the purpose of offering supportive services to those individuals in the greater Grand Rapids area who have suffered the loss of a spouse through death. For those not in the Grand Rapids area, our website contains links that may be of help to individuals and families who are grieving due to specific circumstances surrounding the death of a loved one.


The death of a spouse has been identified as one of the greatest stresses a person can experience. Coping with the emotional upheaval and social readjustment that this crisis brings can be overwhelming and incapacitating.

Widowed Persons Service

Widowed Persons Service


Through support groups, literature, outreach volunteers, and social events, WPS provides the support our greater society can lack. In this organization, we understand the devastation of grief and the tremendous silence a loss can leave behind. Many of our volunteers, board members, and staff are themselves widowed; we are empathetic to those we service.

  • Support Group Meetings – 5 Monthly support group meetings are offered in the metropolitan area of Grand Rapids. An additional 6-week intensive study is held multiple times throughout the year. These groups allow widowed persons to meet and find support from others. The setting offers a place in which feelings, concerns, and problems of the bereaved may be expressed to others who have “been there” and can offer support out of their own experiences.
  • Social Activities – Monthly social activities are coordinated by WPS volunteers. Events include card game nights, various dinners, Grand Rapids area attractions, and much more. 
  • Monthly Newsletter – Widowed Persons Service publishes a monthly newsletter filled with information about upcoming events, acknowledgements, and announcements.
  • WPS Library – A small library of pertinent books and handouts for widowed persons is available at our office.
  • “Growth Through Loss Seminar” - offered annually and designed especially for those who have been widowed two years or less
  • Counseling - One-to-one counsel by widowed WPS staff and volunteers


Music to Grieve to on iTunes

Music to Grieve to

Listening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.

Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.

Learn How Sad Music Can Help You