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/widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

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

Grief support, a general bereavement support group for adults, 7:30-9 p.m. today and Sept. 15, Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call Carol Mack at 703-455-2400, Ext. 17.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a weight-loss support group with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs, 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel United Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. $20 a year, plus $5 a month; first meeting is free. For more information, call 703-205-9041 or visit www.tops.org.

Parkinson's disease exercise program, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. For more information about the program and the meeting times, call 703-891-0821.

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

"Teens Meet and Eat," teens, ages 13-18 who have a family member with cancer, 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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Mended Hearts, a free support group for heart surgery patients and families and friends of heart disease patients, 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, Inova Telestar Center, 2990 Telestar Ct., Falls Church. For more information, call 703-941-8500.

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.

Gay people and families support group, a free group for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays, to discuss issues about coming out, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Washington Plaza Baptist Church, 1615 Washington Plaza, Lake Anne Village Center, Reston. For more information, call 301-439-3524.

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

* CanSurvive, a patient-led group for those dealing with any type of cancer, noon-1:30 p.m., Thursdays.

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

* Leukemia group, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 8.

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

Breast cancer group, for women living with early stage breast cancer, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday and Sept. 21, 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.

Breast cancer group, information, discussion and support for women diagnosed with breast cancer, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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