Bereavement Support

Widow and widower bereavement support groups will be held at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, 2-3:30 p.m. today or 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit

Good Grief for Children, an eight-week group for children 5 through 12, with age-appropriate activities, discussion and art therapy to help them share their thoughts and feelings and to help with the grief process; 5-6:15 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 3; at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. For more information, call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.


Breastfeeding mothers group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant, with a weekly prize drawing, complimentary parking, baby weight check, refreshments and resource information; 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center, 7 South Dayroom, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church. $5 a session. For more information, call 703-776-6455.

Caregivers meeting, for family members to discuss coping strategies, support and information related to cancer and its treatment; 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 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.

Support Groups

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, a free group for individuals with diagnoses of OCD; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays at 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 with diagnoses of seizure disorders and their caregivers; 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays at Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

The following groups meet at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

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

* Young adult group, for ages 18 through 39 to discuss issues such as intimacy, dating, body image, and work and health insurance concerns; 7:30-9 p.m. next Thursday.

Breast cancer group. Meet breast cancer survivor Victoria LaRosa, owner of I'm Still Me, a boutique offering hard-to-find post-surgical and treatment products for women with the disease; 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

Parkinson's support group. Personal trainer Judy Cooper will speak and demonstrate exercises appropriate for many who have the disease; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), Great Falls. People with Parkinson's, caregivers and friends are welcome. For more information, call Glen Lawrence at 703-406-2732.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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