MKD Grief Support Group

As the Family Aftercare Services Coordinator at MKD I often talk with family members who are having a difficult time following the death of their loved one. They express surprise at the intensity of their grief; the unexpected length of time it takes to work through their shock, anger, and the raw emotions of grief.

In the past I could recommend several options: area counselors, support groups (such as Griefshare) that meet in local churches, helpful on-line resources. Now I can also invite family and friends to the Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Grief Support Group that meets on the second Monday of each month at 1:00pm at our Kentwood location and at 7:00pm at our Grandville location.

As group members sit around a small table, enjoying a cup of coffee and a cookie or two, the facilitator of the group, Rev. Gene Pearson, leads a discussion on various topics related to the grief journey. He listens with compassion and understanding as members share their grief stories.

I’d like to share with you what John Kuiper, Sr. wrote about the Support Group:


Our Experience at the MKD Grief Support Group

Our daughter, Cary, died unexpectedly eight years ago. Recently we were wondering

if we needed to attend the Grief Support Group offered by MKD. After all,

we are Christians and believe that Cary is in heaven, so why spend time

bringing up the details of her death?


We did decide to attend the Grief Support Group and were surprised

and affirmed as the facilitator, Gene Pearson, carefully helped us tell our

story of grief.


We would recommend that folks who have had loved ones die consider

meeting with this Grief Support Group. We believe they will find the meetings

helpful as they travel along their road of grief.                  

                                                                     – John & Marge Kuiper


I know, from the losses in my life and the grief I have endured, that it is helpful to confide in a friend, to share the reality of sorrow, to admit that grief, while it changes, never goes completely away.

I am pleased to work for a company that acknowledges the value of grief support and provides this resource to our community. Call me at 534-5417 if you are able to join us.