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In recent months or days you have been placed in a period of time in your life that caused you grief and sorrow in the loss of someone you loved.
The members of the Widowed Persons Service of Tarrant County extend a hand to you and welcome you into our lives.

You are welcome to view the pages of this web site. We extend an invitation to join in our activities. We believe you will find comfort in the knowledge that everyone you meet in the coming months and years through our activities has experienced the same cloudy days but you can be reassured there are sunny days ahead.

After viewing these pages ask the office to send you one of our monthly newsletters. You will be glad you

did.

 

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

December 2022

December is upon us, Thanksgiving is either very near or has passed (depending on when you’re reading this column) and Christmas is just around the corner. As I write this column in mid- November, we are anticipating the annual WPS Christmas Banquet. Always a nice prelude to the Christmas season, we hope you are planning to join us for an afternoon of holiday enjoyment. As is usual, the Programs Committee has worked all year to put together this event, all to make our season a little brighter and less stressful.

 

The year has brought much change to our nation, our area and WPS. For WPS specifically, it has proven to be another year of rebuilding from the pandemic. Attendance at our events has been significant but not quite spectacular, and donations have been steady but not overwhelming. This seems to be a general trend
everywhere and is not just unique to our organization.

 

In my seven years or so as a member of the organization, I have noticed at least one common characteristic of all “WPS people“: we are survivors. Having joined “the club that no one chooses to join,” we then face a choice that no one wants to face: “How do I continue on without my spouse to support and accompany me?” Although it takes time and determined effort, it can be done with help from family, friends and WPS. Rev. Dr. Bill Dasch made an excellent point in his remarks at the Candlelight Remembrance Service this year: “Live until you die.” The meaning, of course, is that although our spouse’s life journey has ended, ours has not, and thus our focus should be on the future – our future. We’re still here until we join them. Make that time count. I think I’ll take that advice to heart and try to leave this place a bit better than when I found it.

 

This column will be my last as WPS President. It is difficult to describe the incredible honor it has been to have been elected to this office and to have had the privilege to serve in that capacity this year. I leave the office in the quite capable hands of my good friend, Phyllis Weisheit. Phyllis is currently and also will continue as Chairperson of the Programs Committee, a position in which she has served ably and outstandingly for a number of years. I will continue as editor of the newsletter as well as support other activities as needed.

 

I wish everyone a happy, safe and inspiring Thanksgiving and Christmas season, always remembering the “reason for the season.”

Mike Grissom, President

WHO WE ARE

WPS of Tarrant County is a Grief Support Program for widowed persons of all ages. WPS of Tarrant County is a Tax Exempt Not-For-Profit organization funded by memorials, gifts and donations.

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