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.

You are invited to Join Gwen Kapcia, LBSW, CT and Keri Verwolf, CT during a 4-week educational series on grief for the adult mourner.

Check back for dates and times, returning Spring 2021

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

Week 2: The major components of grief: a closer look at anger, depression, guilt

Week 3: What the experts say about the healing process

Week 4: Long range goals for healing, managing grief in the years ahead

Walking on Waves: Walking Group

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. 

*Our next 6-week walking group will continue in the spring. Check back for dates and times!

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 keriv@sytsemafh.com

Upcoming Events - 2020

March 11 - April 1: Grief Education Series, Wednesdays

May 26 - June 30: Walking on Waves, Tuesdays

July 10: Camp Anew - Kid's Grief Camp

September 1 - October 6: Walking on Waves, Tuesdays

September 9 - 30: Grief Education Series, Wednesdays



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.  

  • 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.
  • I just want to let you know how much I appreciate our sessions. It's helpful to talk with someone that's caring and compassionate.

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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