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, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday.

* Widow and widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Program to help individuals cope with the trauma of losing a spouse to separation, divorce or death. The program is for two hours on six consecutive Sundays, beginning Oct. 17. Cost is $3 a session. For more information, call Gerri Ellenberger at 703-670-4845 or David Bodek at 703-729-1945.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

CHADD of Northern Virginia presents author and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder coach Sandy Maynard discussing time management, 7 p.m. next Thursday, Fairfax High School, 3500 Old Lee Hwy. Free. For more information, call 703-641-5451.

"Fighting Cancer With a Fork," a Life With Cancer program, registered dietitian Deb Rowland provides an overview of nutritional recommendations for cancer patients and survivors, 1-2 p.m. today, Inova Alexandria Hospital Health Education Center, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Advance care planning, a Life With Cancer program with Patti O'Donnell, director of Inova Health System's Center for Ethics, discussing issues relating to end-of-life care, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Inova Fairfax Women's Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Parkinson's support chat room, Bill Robbins, a support group leader with the Parkinson's Foundation, will moderate the chat online for patients with Parkinson's, especially those not physically able to attend local support group meetings, 7:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month. A link to the chat room with further instructions is on the foundation's Web site, www.parkinsonfoundation.org. Those interested in participating should preregister. For more information, call 703-830-3823.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy group, for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and caregivers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. Free. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

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

* Leukemia group, 7-9 p.m. today.

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

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

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

* CanSurvive, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Hodgkins and non-Hodgkins lymphoma group, physician John Densmore presents "Lymphoma Treatment Updates," 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Fair Oaks Medical Plaza Building, Conference Center, 3700 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Prostate cancer support group, 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Preregistration required. 703-698-2841.

Caregivers meeting, 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.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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