Bereavement Support

Widow and widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. today, Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. For more information, call 703-941-7000 or visit www.havenofnova.org.

Pet loss support group, 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month, Fairfax County Animal Shelter, 4500 West Ox Rd., Fairfax. 703-280-2244.

Young widow and widower support group, to help people deal with the sudden loss of their significant companions; 7-8:30 p.m. Monday and Sept. 26. Conference Room, Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 9901 Medical Center Dr., Rockville. 703-641-0100.

Grief recovery support group, a nondenominational curriculum with a Bible-based video series followed by support group discussion; 7-8:30 p.m. Mondays, through Dec. 5, Trinity United Methodist Church, 1205 Dolley Madison Blvd., McLean. $12 workbook fee. 703-356-3312.

Educational/Self-Help

A seminar, "What to Expect as a Caregiver: Fostering Harmony in Decision Making," presented by Blair Blunda and Jeannette Twomey of MediationWorks, sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium; 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Free; registration required. 703-324-5205.

A symposium, "Autism, Asperger's and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder): A Parent's Guide to Identification and Intervention," sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency of Metropolitan Washington and the Parent Resource Center of Fairfax County public schools; 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $25; registration required. 703-204-9100.

Divorce recovery workshop, an eight-week seminar to help divorced or separated persons heal and grow in a supportive atmosphere; 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 21-Nov. 9, Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Rd., Springfield. Child care available on request. For more information, call Salley Sutton at 703-569-9862, Ext. 213.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a weight-loss support group with weekly weigh-ins and educational programs; 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, Bruen Chapel 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.

Breastfeeding mothers group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant, with weekly prize drawing, complimentary parking, baby weight check, 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.

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 to 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. 703-776-2841.

Support Groups

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, for for those who have received diagnoses of OCD; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Free. For more information, call 703-535-6575.

The following free group meetings are held at Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration is required. 703-776-2841.

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

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

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

* Multiple myeloma group, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Lymphedema support group, for patients with primary or secondary lymphedema, 10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Inova Alexandria Hospital, Cancer Center waiting room, 4320 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Registration is required. 703-776-2841.

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

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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