You will probably feel a variety of emotions when you lose someone you love. The ability to make it through the death of a loved one can be challenging. You may have feelings of shock and disbelief, anger, guilt and depression.
Caring for yourself is not selfish. The period of recovery is different for every person. There is no timetable for grief, so don’t compare yourself with others who have lost loved ones. Your life has changed and healing in your own way is important for the health of your mind, body and spirit. It’s normal for some days to be better than others.
At Winkel Funeral Home, we strive to provide the resources to help you with the grief process. Please contact one of our staff to help guide you towards the information, support, or counseling options you may need.
Should you prefer an online source of grief resources; the following link will also provide you with sound information to help you manage your feelings and emotions at this most difficult time.
“Though grief is a natural and necessary process, it’s also an extraordinarily difficult one. We’re here to help mourners and those who care for them.”
Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
Books on Grief
At Winkel Funeral Home we offer books on grief, covering subjects such as suicide, death of a child, death of a spouse, children and death, teens and death, death of a parent, etc. If you are looking for a book on death, grieving, or funerals, stop in and browse our selection.
The Compassionate Friends is a worldwide support group for bereaved parents, grandparents, and siblings, there is a chapter in Kalamazoo County which meets monthly. Contact Westwood United Methodist church at (269) 372-1773
Wings Of Hope Hospice
Wings of Hope has several grief support groups, workshops and classes throughout the year. For a complete schedule, contact Phyllis Hepp at 269-686-8659 or alleganhospice.com (the 2019 schedule is: Daytime Support Groups: First Congregational Church of Allegan, 323 Cutler Street, 2nd Tuesday of each month 11:00am – 12:30 pm / Dorr Township Library, 1804 Sunset Drive, Dorr, 3rd Monday of each month, 1:00 – 2:30 pm / Evening Support Groups: Fennville District Library, 400 W Main Street, Fennville, 1st Monday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm /Wings of Hope Hospice, 530 Linn Street, Allegan, 2nd Monday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm / Ransom District Library, 180 S Sherwood Avenue, Plainwell, 4th Monday of each month, 6:00 – 7:30 pm)
Living with Loss A 6-week educational support group for adults living with the loss of a loved one who has died. Borgess Visiting Nurse and Hospice. Contact Chris Fink ph 269-343-1396
Spirituality and Grief A group to help renew soul and spirit in times of loss. Chris Fink ph 269-343-1396
Grief Matters A four week workshop for adults grieving the loss of a loved one. Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan 269-345-0273.
Share Support Group For those grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, newborn death. Brenda Terberg-Fawley 269-341-6639.
Survivors of Suicide Monthly meetings at Gryphon Place, 3245 S. 8th St., Kalamazoo, call 269-381-4357 to register.
Griefshare Weekly meetings at The Master’s Feet Discipleship Ministry, 605 W. Allegan St., Otsego, MI 49078. For more information call Wendy Evans at 269-569-6570 or Pastor Ray Brown at 269-694-6897.
Grief and Loss Support Group Bi-weekly meetings at the Plainwell Counseling Center, 319 Park St., Plainwell, MI 49080. Call 269-685-9401 ext. 13 to register
Summer Grief Camp (Ages 7 to 17)
Camp Anew The Camp Anew program was developed: To help children cope with grief and to assist them in their grief journey from a Christian, faith-based perspective, To provide a special place where children are able to share their feelings and story with others and ask questions, To provide meaningful activities in which to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones, To offer a safe place where grieving children can engage in fun camp activities.