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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-255-1888
WICS groups which serve Pierce and Snohomish counties
Everett – Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Meadows II, 1123 Rainier Ave.
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.