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BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT The following free programs will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

* General bereavement support group, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

* Widow and widower support group, 7:30-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month or 2 to 3:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month.

* Suicide survivors bereavement support group, ongoing, for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide, 7:30-9 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month.

* Coping With the Holidays, a program on how to deal with the upcoming holiday season after the death of a loved one, 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 12.

GriefShare, an ongoing weekly seminar and support group for people who are grieving the death of someone close, meets 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays, Annandale United Methodist Church, Room 104, 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale. For more information, call 703-256-8330.

Dealing With Holiday Blues, a discussion on ways to cope with winter holiday stress for deaf and hearing impaired adults, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Jewish Social Service Agency, 11-B Firstfield Rd., Gaithersburg. Free. For more information, call 301-990-6880 or 301-990-7215 (TTY).

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region, free class on "Pharmaceutical Options for Treating Depression," presented by Susan B. Trachman, 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

The following groups are offered at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

* Health, Happiness and Help Through the Holidays, a workshop to help participants change the holidays from hectic to serene, using breathing techniques, yoga postures, chanting, deep relaxation and meditation. Dress comfortably and bring a pillow, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 5.

* Meditation, three sessions on the benefits of several types of meditation practices. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, 1-2 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20.

* Advanced Relaxation and Imagery Techniques, an opportunity for people who have taken several of the relaxation and imagery series workshops to meet twice monthly to keep practicing imaging abilities, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 9 and 23.

* Reiki for Relaxation, a workshop on the placement of hands on different parts of the body to direct energy into an area to release discomfort and tension and enhance well-being. Dress comfortably, 7:15-9 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

* Spirituality Quest, a support and education group to explore spirituality through the cancer experience, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 10.

* Moving On, 12 gentle exercise classes designed to address the unique concerns of cancer survivors in treatment or in remission, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 18.

The American Red Cross offers the following CPR and first aid classes in Northern Virginia. For more information, call 703-876-0712.

* Adult, infant and child CPR and first aid, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dunn Loring United Methodist Church, 2501 Gallows Rd., Dunn Loring. $63.

* Infant and child CPR, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, south Fairfax office, 9716 Middleton Rd., Fort Belvoir. $40.

Celebration of Life! Join fellow cancer patients and survivors, families and health care professionals for an evening of live music, light refreshments and other festivities, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 6, Inova Fairfax Hospital physician's conference center, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Reservations required by Dec. 2. For more information or to make reservations, call 703-698-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

The Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region sponsors the following epilepsy support groups. For more information, call

703-425-6660.

* Support group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston, 7-8:30 p.m. today and Dec. 19.

* Support group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, 4801 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, noon-1 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

The Northern Virginia Chapter of the United Ostomy Association offers a support group for those interested in ostomy surgery and in need of information and support, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Inova Fairfax Hospital, conference rooms D-E-F (above Skylight Cafe), 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. For more information, call 703-802-3457.

The following groups are offered at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St.,

Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

* Brain tumor group, for adult patients and families to share and learn ways to meet the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors, noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

* Colorectal cancer group, a group to

address issues and concerns of patients and survivors, caregivers and friends of those

affected by colorectal cancer, 7:15-8:45 p.m. Dec. 12.

* GYN cancer group, for women diagnosed with ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers to share experiences, 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 11.

* Thyroid cancer support group, for survivors, family members and friends, 10:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 7.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack