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Widowed Persons Service

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of Tarrant County
Fort Worth, Texas
   

 

WPS PURPOSE: To aid bereaved men and women of all ages regardless of race, creed and/or economic status, to adjust more effectively to the loss of a spouse through death and to build a new life.

WHO ARE WE? We are women and men of all ages and backgrounds who have been widowed and are seeking support and guidance from other widowed persons who have had similar experiences.

WHAT DO WE DO? We conduct grief support sessions led by a trained widowed person. Outreach volunteers counsel with individuals. We meet every Saturday morning for breakfast at several locations in Tarrant County and some locations each Tuesday morning. We have monthly dinner gatherings. We have a monthly birthday party. We have game nights. We go on cruises. We have many diverse activities throughout every month.

HOW DO YOU FIND US? Please note our address and phone numbers at the bottom of all pages.


HISTORY - Widowed Persons Service was established in 1973 by the American Association of Retired Persons. This service was started following extensive research that documented the needs of widowed persons in a society. Conclusive evidence demonstrated that grieving persons are best helped by others who have had a similar experience. Communities nationwide have developed programs according to the guidelines of WPS-AARP.

In 1979 a Widowed Persons Service was organized in Fort Worth under the direction of the national WPS. The life line of the program is the trained volunteer outreach service that provides direct support to the newly widowed through grief support groups and one-on-one contact. Other volunteers participate in the program as board members, fund raising, office management and many other functions.

In 2005, AARP dropped WPS as one of its programs to concentrate on other issues. Since this time, WPS has continued to operate nationwide independent of AARP.

BEREAVEMENT AND BEYOND - When a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing happened - Margaret Mead. WPS not only helps the newly widowed recover from the trauma of a spouse's death, but also helps them rebuild their lives. One of the most profound losses in life is to be widowed. Through the local WPS, the following services are available to widowed persons of all ages:

Telephone Services - The widowed can call for assistance and referral information.

Outreach - One-on-one support to the widowed by trained volunteers.

Group Sessions - The newly widowed are brought together to discuss problems and provide mutual support through grief support sessions.

Social Interaction - Social events are planned to provide the opportunity to meet new friends and adjust to the role of a single person again.

Referral Services - Provides widowed persons with information on the many local resources available to them.

Public Education - Presented to the public to provide information about the needs of widowed men and women.


WPS of Tarrant County is a Grief Support Program for widowed persons of all ages and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age or religion. There are no fees or dues.

WPS is a TAX EXEMPT NON-PROFIT 501 (C) (3) Organization funded entirely by memorials, gifts, and donations.


Widowed Persons Service of Tarrant County
2906 SE Loop 820, Suite A, Ft. Worth, TX 76140
Phone: (817) 551-2922, (817) 293-4749, Fax: (817) 551-2377
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm
EMAIL us at wpstc@att.net

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