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.

* Suicide survivors support group, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday.

* General bereavement support group, 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Grief support, a general bereavement support group for adults, 7:30-9 p.m. next Thursday and July 21, Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400, Ext. 17.

Capital Hospice's Point of Hope Camp, a summer weekend camp for children, teens and adults grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp offers a combination of recreational and therapeutic activities as well as peer support and group discussions. The weekend retreat, July 29-31 at Ramblewood in Darlington, Md., is free, but participants must register by July 15. For more information, call Capital Hospice Point of Hope Wellness Center at 703-538-2044 or download an application from www.capitalhospice.org.; click on "For Patients, Families and the Community," then "Grief Services" and "Point of Hope Camp."

Educational/Self-Help

"Why Does She Do That?," caregivers seminar. Susan Stone, outreach and education coordinator for the Alzheimer's Family Day Center, discusses common behaviors brought on by dementia and demonstrates practical interventions to facilitate activities of daily living, 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday at the center, 2812 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. Free; reservations required. Call Anna Ellis at 703-204-4664.

"Look Good . . . Feel Better." A professional cosmetologist shares skin, hair and cosmetics tips to help you look your best during and after cancer treatments, 10 a.m.-noon next Thursday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. To register, call 703-504-7921.

"Teens Meet and Eat," for those ages 13-18 who have a family member with cancer, to eat dinner and share concerns with others their own age, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required; call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

Children's educational support program, a discussion and activity group for children ages 5-12 to learn about cancer and find ways to manage the emotions and changes that come when someone in the family has the disease, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays through July 20, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required; call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

Caregivers meeting, for family members 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.

"The Art of Breastfeeding and Avoiding Difficulties" will be the topic at the next meeting of La Leche League of Fairfax City. The meeting will be at 10 a.m. July 13 at Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., and is open to pregnant and nursing women and their children. For more information, call 703-255-6808 or visit www.fairfaxcitylll.org.

Support Groups

The following free groups are held at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. To register, call 703-776-2841.

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

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

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

Breast cancer group, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. To register, call 703-776-2841.

Breast cancer group, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday and July 20, 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.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, a free group for individuals diagnosed 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.

Northern Virginia epilepsy group, a free group sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region for adults diagnosed with seizure disorders and their caregivers, 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

Gay people and families support group, a free group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, to discuss issues related to coming out, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Lake Anne Center, Reston. For more information, call 301-439-3524.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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