Bereavement Support

A widow and widower bereavement support group will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit


Caregivers seminar, "Communication, Humor and Managing Stress," Susan Stone of the Alzheimer's Family Day Center shares communication strategies and discusses the therapeutic benefits of humor in managing the stresses of day-to-day caregiving, 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free; reservations required. Call Anna Ellis at 703-204-4664.

American Heart Association CPR class, for ages 16 and older. Learn to deal with breathing-related emergencies, including airway obstructions in infants, children and adults. The course is taught by certified instructors and includes a copy of the association's book on CPR for family and friends. The evening course will be held Tuesday and next Thursday at the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd. The fee is $62; $37 for people who live or work in Reston. For more information and times, call 703-476-4500.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, a seminar sponsored by the CFS/fibromyalgia support group and the CFIDS Association of America. Lucinda Bateman discusses "Fatigue, Fatigue or Fatigue? Strategies for Diagnosing and Managing Fatigue in CFS/FM," and Staci Stevens talks about "Activity Management: How to Do More With Less." The seminar will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bechtel Conference Center, 1801 Alexander Bell Dr., Reston. The cost is $15; $12 each for two or more tickets. Registration is required. For more information, call 703-968-9818.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Northern Virginia presents personal stories about recovery from schizophrenia and about the values of peer mentoring, 7 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church. Free. For more information, call 703-525-0686.

"All About Wigs," information for first-time wig buyers, including what to look for, what to ask retailers, how to choose a wig that looks and feels right for you, and how to care for and style your wig, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

"Nutrition: Weight Management for Cancer Survivors," registered dietitian Deb Rowland discusses the myths and facts about weight management for cancer patients, 1-2 p.m. today, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Health Education Center, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration required. For more information, call 703-698-2841.

Support Groups

The following free groups for adults with a seizure disorder and for their caregivers are sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

* Reston epilepsy group, 7-8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Herndon High School, Entrance 5, Room 123, 700 Bennett St.

* Northern Virginia epilepsy group, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, a free group for people with OCD, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. For more information, call 703-535-6575.

Survivors of clergy abuse support group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Affiliate of Voice of the Faithful for survivors and others affected by the abuse, 7 p.m. Wednesday, downstairs meeting room, Dolley Madison Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. For more information, call Ellen Radday at 703-538-6128.

Caregivers meeting to discuss coping strategies, support, and information related to cancer and its treatment, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. Use blue parking garage. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

CanSurvive, a general cancer group, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursdays, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

Caring and Sharing support group, for patients, survivors, family and friends, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Conference Center Room 3, past the cafe to the left, 2600 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

Breast cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration required. For more information, call 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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