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    Grief and Loss Support Available in King County

    When a spouse or partner dies, our experiences can be difficult, overwhelming and isolating, with profound feelings of loss, loneliness and uncertainty. As a life-altering event, everything that was familiar in our lives now changes, and new efforts may be needed on the path of healing.

    See Also: Five ways to help someone who is grieving

    WICS of King County can help. Widowed Information and Consultation Services WICS is a non-sectarian, non-profit, self-help support organization run by widowed people for widowed people of all ages. If you have lost a spouse or partner to death, WICS offers support from others who are facing similar issues.
     
    Because everyone’s grief is unique and each person copes in their own way, WICS offers a variety of services to widowed people, including:

    • Information and referrals
    • On-going support groups
    • Telephone support with widowed volunteers
    • Monthly newsletter
    • Social activities
    • Yearly weekend retreat

    For more information, call 206-241-5650 or visit WICS online http://kcwics.org/index.html.

    Widow Support Group Meetings

    Meetings are open to anyone who has lost a partner or spouse, regardless of the time since death.
     
    In a confidential, moderated group setting, everyone has an opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings, and learn how others are facing similar challenges.
     
    WICS is a non-sectarian organization. While some groups meet in churches, the groups are not affiliated with any religious organization. The space is generously donated by these churches so the groups can have well lit, safe places to meet.
     
    WICS operates on a donation basis, however NO ONE will be refused for a lack of funds. For more information, please contact the WICS office 206-241-5650, or the meeting contact person listed below.

    WICS groups serving King County

    Ballard – Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
    Ballard Landmark Inn
    5433 Leary Ave. N.W
    Contact Doug at dwarne3400@aol.com or 206-441-9490
     
    Bellevue – Mondays, 7-8:30 pm
    Pilgrim Lutheran Church
    10420 SE 11th St
    Contact: Kathy at KathyclancyKa@comcast.net or 425-653-7209
    Best to call MWF during day
     
    Covington – Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
    St. John the Baptist
    25810 156th Ave SE.
    Contact: saraacree@comcast.net or 253-630-0324
     
    Federal Way – first and third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm
    Village Green Retirement Home
    Fairfield Building 35451 - 1st Ave. S
    Contact: Wanda at 253 874-5452
    Please call if you plan to attend.
     
    Renton – Wednesdays, 12:30-2 pm
    Renton Senior Center
    211 Burnett North
    Contact: Burnie at burnie@comcast.net or 425-255-1888

    WICS groups which serve Pierce and Snohomish counties

    Everett – Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
    Meadows II, 1123 Rainier Ave.
    Contact: 425-252-7617
     
    Lynnwood – Thursdays, 12:30pm
    No meeting on the 5th Thursday of a month
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    6215 196th St. SW, Room 203
    Contact: Terry at 425-776-8073
     
    Tacoma – Wednesdays, 10am-Noon
    223 North Yakima
    Contact: Betty or Tony at 253-272-8092
     
    WICS WINGS – Who Am I Now Grief Support, a group for children/teens.
    For information, call 206-241-5650.

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