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.

* Widow and widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. today or 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

* Reston widow and widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Plaza.

* Suicide survivors support group, a six-week program offering information and suggestions for handling this type of grief, 7:30-9 p.m. Mondays, beginning Monday. Limited space; preregistration required.

* Coping with the holidays after the death of loved one, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday.

EDUCATION/SELF-HELP

Reston community blood drive, conducted by Inova Blood Donor Services, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, United Christian Parish, 2222 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. Donors must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health for three days before donating. A photo identification is required. Donating is scheduled at 15-minute intervals and requires an hour. For an appointment, call David Roe at 703-860-9430.

Northern Virginia Epilepsy Group, 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

La Leche League of Fairfax City, for pregnant and nursing women and their children, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Free. For more information, call 703-481-7861.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Gay people and families support group, parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays discuss issues around coming out, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Beverly Hills Community United Methodist Church, 3412 Old Dominion Blvd., Alexandria. Free. For more information, call 301-439-3524.

Caregiver support group, for older adult family caregivers, 10:30 a.m.-noon today and Nov. 18, Vienna Seventh-day Adventist Church, 233 Courthouse Rd. SW. For more information, call 703-281-0538.

United Ostomy Association, Northern Virginia chapter support group, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, conference rooms D-E-F, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Use Blue parking garage. For more information, call 703-802-3457.

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

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

* Thyroid cancer support group, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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

* Leukemia support group, physician Richard Binder discusses the ingredients that make up a good doctor-patient relationship, 7-9 p.m. next Thursday.

* Colorectal cancer group, 6:30-8 p.m. next Thursday.

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

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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