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Pet loss support group, ongoing meetings for people who have lost a pet or are anticipating the death of a pet, 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. For more information, call 703-280-2244.

Widow and widower bereavement support group for anyone grieving the death of a spouse, 7:30-9 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month or 2-3:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. Free. For more information, call 703-941-7000.


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

* Cancer educational support programs for children and teenagers, eight-week discussion and activity groups dealing with ways to manage emotions and changes that come when someone in the family has cancer. Wednesdays, Feb. 12-April 2: children ages 5-12 meet 5:15-6:15 p.m.; teens ages 13-17 meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call 703-208-5623.

* Gentle yoga, dress comfortably and bring a mat or a blanket for these two lunchtime sessions, noon-1:30 p.m. today and next Thursday.

* "Reiki for Relaxation," 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, 7-9 p.m. Monday. Dress comfortably.

* On My Own, a group for singles 40 and older to discuss the challenges and coping strategies of having cancer and living alone, 6:15-7:15 p.m. Monday.

* Spirituality quest, Phil Brooks, director of Inova Chaplaincy Services, presents "12 Step Spirituality," 10:30-noon Tuesday.


The Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group for adults with seizure disorders and caregivers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School career center, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

-- Compiled by Jean Mack