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.

* Support group for widows and widowers, 2-3:30 p.m. today.

* Support group for suicide survivors, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

Support group for widows and widowers in Reston, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza, Reston.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

People With Arthritis Can Exercise, for those 55 and older, designed for people with arthritis, using gentle activities to help increase joint flexibility and range of motion and to help maintain muscle strength, 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 7 through Oct. 28, Reston-Herndon Senior Center, 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., Suite 200, Reston. The program costs $10 a session for Reston residents; $20 for nonresidents. Registration is required. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

Caregivers meeting, for family members to discuss coping strategies, support, information related to cancer and its treatment and more, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Registration required. 703-698-2841.

"A Tour of Care," information and support for women who have scheduled a mastectomy and/or reconstruction surgery for breast cancer. Learn what to expect during your hospital stay; see samples of implants, prostheses, drains and comfortable undergarments; and learn ways to cope with a cancer diagnosis, 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-698-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Leukemia support group, John Feigert discusses new treatments for chronic and acute leukemia, 7-9 p.m. next Thursday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-960-1100, Ext. 231.

Gay people and families support group, for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays to discuss issues concerning coming out, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston. Free. For more information, call 301-439-3524.

Depression support group, sponsored by the Depression and Related Affective Disorders Association for people with clinical depression or bipolar disease, 7:30 p.m., the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Rd., Room 9, Springfield. For more information, call 703-356-3340.

The following support groups are offered at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-698-2841.

* CanSurvive, a patient-led, drop-in general cancer group, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.

* Brain tumor group, support and discussion led by a nurse specializing in neurological care, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

* Brain tumor group, oncology counselor Dodi Christiano reviews coping strategies in meeting the challenges of living with primary malignant or benign brain tumors, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

* Melanoma group, 7-8:30 p.m. today.

* Gynecologic cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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