Widow and widower bereavement support group, for anyone grieving the loss of a spouse, 2-3:30 p.m. today , Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

Grief recovery support group, a weekly group that uses a Bible-based video series combined with a support group and guided discussion, 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays, through Dec. 6, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. $12, covers the cost of a workbook. Scholarships and child care are available. For more information, call 703-356-3312.


Alzheimer's Family Day Center caregiver class, for families and professionals who are caring for a relative or friend with a memory loss illness. Jean Galloway Ball, elder law attorney, discusses power of attorney, health care directives and financial planning, 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Alzheimer's Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free respite care is available for family members. For more information or to register for the class, call Anna Ellis at 703-204-4664.

Caregiver meeting, a Life With Cancer program for family members to discuss coping strategies, support, information related to cancer, its treatment and more, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Fairfax Women's Center, radiation oncology conference room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

All About Wigs, a Life With Cancer program about how to shop for a wig, questions to ask retailers, how to care for a wig and demonstrations of "alternative hair" products. Hats, head wraps and scarves will be available. 1-2:30 p.m. tomorrow , Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required by today. 703-698-2841.


Parkinson's online support group, Bill Robbins, a support group leader with the Parkinson's Foundation, will moderate an online chat for patients with Parkinson's disease, especially those not physically able to attend local support group meetings, 7:30 p.m. Monday. The foundation's Web site,, provides a link to the chat room -- click on "Online Support Group" -- with further instructions to enter. Those interested in participating should register before Monday. For more information, call 703-830-8323.

The Northern Virginia Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Support Group, a lawyer discusses Social Security disability benefits. Individuals with related illnesses such as fibromyalgia and orthostatic intolerance are welcome to the free group, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Inova Fairfax Hospital education conference center building, Room 5, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Use the blue entrance. For more information, call 703-968-9818.

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

* Carcinoid cancer group, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

* Multiple myeloma group, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

* Lymphedema group, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

* CanSurvive, a patient-led support group, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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