The following free programs will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or go to

* General bereavement support group, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

* Support group for widows and widowers, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday or 2 to 3:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Good Grief for Children, to help children ages 5 to 12 share their thoughts and feelings and to help them with the grief process, 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-698-2841.

Good Grief Dinner for Teens, a monthly dinner meeting for teens who have lost a loved one to cancer to share thoughts and feelings and learn about the grief process, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-698-2841.


Breast-feeding mothers group, led by a maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant, offers discussions on topics facing new mothers. Free parking, a baby weight check, refreshments and resource information are available. The group costs $5 a session and meets from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. For more information, call 703-776-6455.


Telephone support group for blood cancer patients recovering from transplant treatments, sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Participants can talk with other transplant patients and caregivers from the comfort of their homes. The free four-week group meets from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Oct. 12. Registration required by Oct. 1. For more information or to register, call 703-960-1100, Ext. 231.

Spousal caregivers support group, sponsored by the Well Spouse Foundation for spousal caregivers of the chronically ill and/or disabled. This free group meets from 7 to 9 p.m. the third Monday of each month, supervisor's meeting room, Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Rd., Burke. For more information, call 703-425-2430.

Facial pain support group, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Inova Alexandria Hospital Health Education Center, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Free. For more information, call 703-724-0524.

Young Women With Breast Cancer, a support group for pre-menopausal women to discuss and share concerns and solutions for dealing with breast cancer at a young age, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration required. 703-698-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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