Being widowed a difficult transition

Rockford Lions Club President Chad Jackson gives a Rockford Lions mug to Joy Petroelje of Widowed Persons Services.

Executive Director Joy Petroelje of Widowed Persons Service (WPS) was a recent guest speaker for the Rockford Lions Club to get the word out about her organization.

WPS was established in the Grand Rapids area in 1978 and is one of a few support organizations for widowed persons in the country. Their service model of peer-to-peer support has resulted in healing and renewed hope for thousands of widowed men and women through what Petroelje said is “one of the most difficult transitions in life.”

WPS provides a variety of opportunities and services based on the belief that widowed individuals are best helped along their grief journey by other people who have had similar experiences. The vision of WPS is to provide grieving widowed men and women of all ages with a safe and healthy environment in which to process their grief and begin to build an enriching life as a single person.

Petroelje stated, “Widowed persons tend to focus on the grief of other family members and friends and never really deal with their own road to recovery.”

Petroelje would like anyone that has been recently widowed, or knows someone who has been, to visit WPS’s website at www.wpsgr.com for more information, or to learn more about their approach to service, and to find their location in Wyoming, Mich.

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