Widowed Persons Service of Northern Virginia, 10711 Hunter Station Road, Vienna, Va. 22181; 703/281-9595. The organization provides support groups and one-on-one outreach programs for newly widowed individuals. Another local branch is Widowed Persons Service of Montgomery County, 3950 Ferrara Drive, Silver Spring, Md. 20906; 301/949-7398. The program is sponsored by AARP.
AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20049; 800/424-3410 or 202/434-2277. AARP publishes several free booklets that can be helpful for widows and widowers: “On Being Alone,” “Final Details: Guide for Survivors” and “Reflections and Suggestions on Making New Friends.”
Merrymakers, 6678 Van Winkle Drive, Falls Church, Va. 22044; 703/536-9604. This Northern Virginia seniors’ group meets weekly and performs songs and dances at local retirement homes.