What We Do

Partnering with a wide variety of bereavement resources and strong community programs along the Lakeshore, Sytsema Compass offers grief opportunities to listen, educate, and equip those who have experienced a death loss.

The following are some of the unique grief support opportunities that Sytsema Compass offers.

Holiday Service of Remembrance

This annual program will take place on December 2nd, 2021 at 6:30 pm. See invitation photo for more details. Open to the community, family members, and friends!

To reserve a seat, please call 231-798-1100 by Friday, November 19th.

Holiday Grief Seminar - Nov. 17, 2021

-Gain coping tips for surviving the holidays

-Learn more about your grief

-Leave with an ornament as unique as your loved one

  • The Lee Chapel (6291 S Harvey St, Norton Shores)
  • To reserve a seat, please RSVP to Keri Verwolf:
  • 231-855-6688 or [email protected]

Grief Support Group for Bereaved Adults 2021

You’re welcome to join Sytsema’s Ongoing Grief Support Group for bereaved adults. No sign-up required. All are welcome who have experienced a death-related loss, whether recent or years ago.

Wednesdays from 10:30AM to Noon
Held at: The Sytsema Chapel (737 Apple Avenue, Muskegon)

You are invited to Join Keri Verwolf, CT during a 3-week educational series on grief for the adult mourner.

Wednesday evenings, Sept. 15, 22, 29, from 5:30-7:30 at the Lee Chapel (6291 S Harvey Street). Space is limited, so reserve your spot by contacting Keri: [email protected]fh.com.

Week 1: What makes it difficult to grieve? What factors influence your personal journey?

Week 2: The major components of grief; What do experts say about the healing process? 

Week 3: Long range goals for healing, managing grief in the years ahead

Walking on Waves: Walking Group 2021

This is a casual walk for any who are experiencing grief related to a death loss. Come enjoy fresh air, companionship, and exercise! No sign-up required.

Date: Fridays from August 20 - Sept. 24 (6 weeks)
Time: 9am—10am
Where: Lakeshore Trail. Meet at Spring Lake Sytsema Chapel
(213 East Savidge, Spring Lake 49456)

*Note: Cancelled if raining

One-on-One Support

Sometimes the most helpful resource is a listening ear. This service is completely confidential, and our goal is to help you heal. It would be an honor for us to walk alongside you in this way, at no cost.

Contact Keri by phone or email to set up an appointment today: 231-855-6688 or [email protected]

Upcoming Events - 2021

Wednesdays, Ongoing: Grief Support Group

April 6 - 27: Grief Education Series, Tuesdays

April 23 - May 28: Walking on Waves, Fridays

June 17 - 19:Camp Anew - Kid's Grief Camp, Ages 7-17

Aug. 20 - Sept 24: Walking on Waves, Fridays

Sept. 15-29: Grief Education Series

Nov. 17: Holiday Grief Seminar

December 2nd: Holiday Service of Remembrance



First Viewing Support

Sytsema Compass staff offers support for children to help them understand the meaning of death and prepare them to view their loved one. This is important because it helps a child to grasp the finality of their loved one's death in an honoring and respectful manner.

If you're interested in this service, please speak with your funeral director to make the arrangements.  

  • Thanks again for everything you are doing for me.  I truly feel so uplifted and happy after talking with you.  You really make me think about my feelings and your suggestions and support are helping me see how to move forward.  I know it's a process and is going to take time but with your help I feel like I can get there!
  • I now feel I'm at the point where I can work through any problem that arises.  Thanks to you. I want to thank you for all you've done. You've helped me so much and I appreciate it. You've given me the tools I need to continue the grieving process on my own.  
  • “Thank you for your understanding and compassion, and always being there for me and others. For all your help to get me through my loss... all I can say is thanks.”
  • I like coming here because when I have something to say, people are really listening.
  • Thank you sincerely for sharing our sorrow, your thoughtfulness is appreciated and will always be remembered.  ”
  • I just wanted to thank you for all of your support of our groups over the last few weeks. I know you, and the entire team, put in a great deal of work behind the scenes to make this all come together. I know that many of us are moving to a better place in our lives because of that work.

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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