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, for anyone grieving the death of a loved one, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday.

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

General bereavement support group for adults, 7:30-9 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month, Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. Free. For more information, call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400, Ext. 17.

Good Grief bereavement group, an eight-week seminar for adults who have experienced the death of a loved one from cancer within the last two years. The group will meet 7:15-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 5-Nov. 16, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

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 or 7-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Caregivers meeting, a Life With Cancer group for family members to discuss coping strategies, support and 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.

Managing side effects of breast cancer treatment, for patients and family members, 7-9 p.m. Monday, Fair Oaks Medical Plaza Building, conference center auditorium, 3700 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Teens' meet and eat, teens ages 13-18 eat, hang out and have fun with other teens who have a family member with cancer, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Children's educational support group, an eight-week program of discussion and activities for children ages 5-12 to learn about cancer and ways to manage the emotions and changes that come when someone in the family has cancer, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 6-Dec. 1, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Divorce recovery support group, participants address the emotions and pain of divorce and rebuilding shattered self-esteem in two 10-week sessions, 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Fairfax Church of Christ, 3901 Rugby Rd. There is a $10 book fee. For more information, call Neal Milligan at 703-631-2100.

The United Ostomy Association Northern Virginia Chapter monthly support group presents Barbara Watts, a registered nurse, Sunday discussing "Hospice: an Overview," 1:30 p.m., refreshments; 2 p.m., program, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., conference rooms D-E-F, Falls Church. Free. Use blue parking garage. For more information, call 703-802-3457.

Parkinson's Disease Young Onset Group, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Dolley Madison Library, lower-level meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean. For more information, call Hilary Blue at 703-821-1393.

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

* On My Own, a group for singles 40 and older to discuss the challenges and coping strategies related to having cancer and living alone, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday.

* Brain tumor group, noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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

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

Breast cancer group, a counselor discusses intimacy and sexuality issues common for many women after breast cancer, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Breast cancer support group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday and Oct. 20, Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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