About Us

Since 1929, our family has been dedicated to caring for and serving other families, helping them through difficult times of grief as they mourn those they’ve loved and lost.

At Sytsema Funeral & Cremation Services, we are committed to doing everything we can to help before, during and after the loss of loved ones.

That is why we created Sytsema Compass — to provide a caring hub for our community, a place where anyone can go to receive any type of grief support at any time. Getting through grief can be a long and difficult journey, but you don’t have to travel it alone.

Keri Verwolf, CT

Keri is grateful to be a part of the Sytsema team as the Grief Support and Community Education Specialist. She is Certified in Thanatoglogy: Death, Dying and Bereavement (CT) and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Having experienced grief through death loss, Keri understands the great value of grief support in the community, and is honored to walk alongside families who are grieving. 

Keri earned a Spanish Education degree from Calvin College and spent 5 years living and teaching abroad in Honduras. She returned to West Michigan as a Spanish Immersion teacher at Muskegon Christian School. Keri also serves as the Family Services Coordinator at Starlight Ministries, a non-profit organization that provides hope and healing for those grieving a death loss. She enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, traveling, and playing volleyball.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why am I so exhausted all the time? This isn't like me!

    Grief is HARD WORK. It is physically, emotionally, and spiritually taxing. Lack of sleep, change in appetite, and the inability to focus (and more) are normal reactions to grief. If you are feeling these things, you are NOT crazy. You are NOT sick. You are grieving!

  • How will I ever get through this grief? Will I ever "get over it"?

    Grief never goes away, but it does change in intensity. It will not always feel like the gut-wrenching, empty, numbness that you may feel now. It takes time, talk, and tears.

    There are two choices that all grievers face: to run from the loss, or to face it as best you can. Facing our grief is obviously the unpopular choice– after all, grief is uncomfortable, awkward, and painful. While that is true, it is also the quickest way toward healing.

    "Keeping it all in", pretending you are okay, or not talking about the person who died are all strategies that can be physically and psychologically harmful. It will prolong the grieving process, not take it away.

    There are people who have been there and want to help you through this. Although YOU will be doing the hard grief work, many will come alongside you if you let them. You can do this. You can begin healing.

    Healing does not mean that the damage never existed.
    Healing does not mean we forget.
    Healing does mean that the damage no longer controls your life.

  • How much does it cost?

    Services that Sytsema Compass provides are free of charge to the community, including one-on-one support, walking groups, phone calls, grief seminars, borrowing books, etc. In addition, the majority of the resources on the “In Your Community” page are also offered at no cost to you! Please take advantage of these wonderful resources. Our goal is to help you heal.

  • Does Sytsema Compass offer any training on grief and loss?

    Yes! Check back often. We will be posting dates on an educational series and other community events as they become available.

Our Locations

Sytsema Compass Grief Services are available at each of our Sytsema Funeral Home locations.

Email [email protected] or call (231) 855-6688 to make an appointment.

  • The Sytsema Chapel
  • 737 E. Apple Ave.
  • Muskegon, MI 49442
  • (231) 726-5210
  • The Walburn Chapel
  • 1547 W. Sherman Blvd.
  • Muskegon, MI 49441
  • (231) 759-8565
  • The Lee Chapel
  • 6291 S. Harvey St.
  • Norton Shores, MI 49444
  • (231) 798-1100
  • The VanZantwick Chapel
  • 620 Washington Ave.
  • Grand Haven, MI 49417
  • (616) 842-6100
  • The Spring Lake Chapel
  • 213 E. Savidge St.
  • Spring Lake, MI 49456
  • (616) 842-6100

If you would like more information, wish to make an appointment, or simply have questions, please feel free to connect with us at any time.

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