Bereavement Support

Widowhood support group, a free grief support group for people who have lost a significant other, 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Conference Room, Washington Regional Transplant Consortium, 8110 Gatehouse Rd., Suite 101 West, in the Falls Church area. 703-641-0100.

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

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


Fall health fair for all ages, mini-seminars on a variety of topics; blood pressure checks; flu shots ($25); cholesterol/HDL/glucose screenings ($5); and information on arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, hospice programs, drug education and more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Fairfax United Methodist Church, 10300 Stratford Ave., Fairfax. 703-591-3120.

Caregiver seminar, "Survival Tips for Family Caregivers," presented by Lori Duncan, long-term-care case manager, and Martha Armstrong, certified respiratory therapist, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, sponsored by the Fairfax Caregiver Seminar Consortium, Lincolnia Adult Day Health Care Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St. in the Alexandria area. Free; registration required. 703-324-5205.

Take Off Pounds Sensibly, 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. Call 703-205-9041 or visit

Breastfeeding mothers group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse and lactation consultant. Weekly prize drawing, free 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. in the Falls Church area. $5 a session. 703-776-6455.

Mental illness program, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill-Northern Virginia meeting, with John Pezzoli of the Virginia inspector general's office, discussing the results of a recent inspection of community emergency services, including Fairfax County's Community Services Board, for people with mental illnesses. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, First Christian Church, 6165 Leesburg Pike (Route 7) in the Falls Church area. 703-525-0686.

Breast cancer seminar for men. Breast cancer counselor Sage Bolte, oncology nurse educator and breast cancer survivor Lisa Cawthorne and her husband, John, discuss breast cancer, its treatments and their side effects, pathology and lab results and how a man can offer support to his partner. The seminar takes place 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

Support Groups

Caregivers support group, for people caring for elderly or disabled adults, 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church, 10125 Lakehaven Ct., Burke. Free. 703-451-8631.

Parkinson's support group, research specialist and clinician Karen Anderson of the University of Maryland School of Medicine discusses psychiatric aspects of Parkinson's disease, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. Francis Episcopal Church, 9220 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), Great Falls. Free. 703-406-2732.

Survivors of clergy abuse support group, sponsored by the Northern Virginia affiliate of Voice of the Faithful, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dolley Madison Library, downstairs meeting room, 1244 Oak Ridge Rd., McLean. 703-538-6128.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder support group, a free group for individuals who have had diagnoses of OCD, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. 703-535-6575.

Northern Virginia epilepsy support, 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, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail in the Falls Church area. 703-425-6660.

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

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

* Lymphedema group, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

* Young adult group, for those 18 to 39, 7:30-9 p.m. Oct. 27.

* Colorectal cancer group, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 27.

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

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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