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.
May 17 2012
When a certain Hollywood action actor found himself threatened with the prospect of having his career brought to an abrupt end if he didn’t get off some excess weight, he knew exactly who to call. He sent for Dr. Linda Solomon and her husband, “Dr. Marvin.” Together, they had worked with celebrities in and out of “Tinsel-town.” Working together in Southern California and Mexico, Drs. Linda and Marvin were recognized as pioneers in the natural health movement, using diet change, supplementation, and various forms of natural therapies that were considered very experimental and even a bit controversial at the time. Their methods were, however, effective, and many of them are in general use today. Sadly, “Dr. Marvin” has passed away, having been hit by a drunk driver while riding his bicycle in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Dr. Solomon continued her chiropractic and nutritional practice in a small town in Pennsylvania for several more years, where she worked with local Mennonites, Amish, and others from local communities as well as people who arrived from places as distant as Washington, D.C., Michigan, and even Washington state! One of those was a Michigan chiropractor who relocated to Pennsylvania to work with her. Together they went to Washington, D.C., where Dr. Solomon has two sons who are also practicing chiropractors. Always the pioneer, Dr. Solomon first became interested in natural health methods at age 20, when an uncle used a strict all-natural diet to help himself overcome cancer. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she suffered from severe asthma, allergies and skin problems. She recalls that her parents had rushed her to the hospital many times, afraid for her life. Once she began to learn about the value of organic food as medicine, there was no turning back. She began to study healthy lifestyles and applied it to her own life with outstanding results. When she became pregnant with her first child in the mid ‘60s, she looked into the usual birthing procedures and didn’t like what she discovered. Now drug-free and healthy because of her “alternative” methods, she wanted the same for her children. The usual methods of delivery didn’t appeal to her at all. So she found a willing midwife, and had her son in a home setting in […]
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The Kent County Sheriff’s Office Victim Advocate Program is a group-dedicated men and women who assist law enforcement officers when tragic events occur. These volunteer advocates provide support and comfort to families when traumatic news is given. They respond to fatal traffic accidents, homicides, suicides and other traumatic deaths. They fill a vital role by lending support to victims and survivors as they adjust to the initial shock of the loss of a loved one. They are trained to deal with the emotional needs of traumatized victims. The advocates are an essential part in helping the victims and families of victims understand the circumstances that surrounded the traumatic event. They are trained to assist the families in making the decisions on whom they might contact for additional support. They stay with the victim until his or her own support system arrives. They make coffee, hold hands, and often offer a shoulder to cry on. They remain with the families long after the notifying police officer has gone. The advocates work in teams of two. They commit to being on call for a week period. They are on call from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and for the night shift from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. The advocates are contacted through the Kent County Dispatch Center, either by pager, cell phone or home phone. Dispatch will provide to them the basic information about the incident and they are told where to meet the officer. Each advocate will go through a 20-hour in-house training process to help them in dealing with grief and its affect on people. The training is free and offered by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. A new advocate will be assigned to a trained advocate for a three-month period. During this time, the new advocate will observe and have hands-on training. If you would like to find out more about the Victim Services Unit, please contact Sandi Jones, Victim Services Coordinator, at (616) 632-6221.