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.

* Widow and widower bereavement support group, 2-3:30 p.m. today.

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

* Holiday grief program: how to deal with the holidays after the death of a loved one, 7:30-9 p.m. next Thursday.

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.

Grief support group for men only, 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Church of the Nativity, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke. For more information, call Ed Reynolds at 703-569-4668.

Holiday grief program: discussion and support for adults on handling holiday traditions after the death of a loved one. While their parents attend the adult group, children ages 5-12 are invited to participate in discussion and art activities to learn ways of handling grief and sadness, 7-8:30 p.m. next Thursday, Life With Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Registration required. 703-776-2841.

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 Methodist Church, 3035 Cedar Lane, Fairfax. $20 a year plus $5 a month; first meeting is free. Call 703-205-9041 or visit www.tops.org.

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., Falls Church. $5 a session. 703-776-6455.

"Teens Meet and Eat," teenagers from 13 through 18 who have family members 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.

Children's educational support group, an eight-week group with discussion and activities for children ages 5-12 to learn about cancer and managing emotions and changes that come when someone in the family has the disease, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 1. Registration required; call Jenny Eckert at 703-208-5623.

Support Groups

Ostomy Support Group of Northern Virginia, Robert Phillips will discuss ConvaTec's newest products. Separate discussion groups for help and advice will be held with an ostomy nurse, followed by holiday festivities including raffles and prizes, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Physicians Conference Center, Falls Church. Free; use blue parking garage. 703-802-3457.

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, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church area. 703-425-6660.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, psychologist Curt Buermeyer will discuss symptoms of OCD and answer questions at a joint support group meeting for people with OCD and their families, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Monday, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. For more information, call Peter at 703-250-1126 or Marie at 703-978-6425.

The following free groups are offered by 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.

* On My Own, a group for singles in their 40s and older to discuss the challenges of having cancer and living alone, 5:30-6:45 p.m. Monday.

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

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

* Thyroid cancer group, 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Breast cancer support group, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sunrise Assisted Living at Fair Oaks, 3750 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Free; registration required. 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by JEAN MACK

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