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/widower bereavement support group, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday or 2-3:30 p.m. next Thursday.

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

Grief support, a general bereavement support group for adults, 7:30-9 p.m. next Thursday, 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. tonight, 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 to learn how to handle holiday traditions after the death of a loved one; while their parents attend the adult group, children ages 5-12 are invited to a group for discussion and art activities to learn ways of handling grief and sadness, 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St., Merrifield. Preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

EDUCATIONAL/SELF-HELP

La Leche League of Fairfax City discusses "Nursing and Weaning" at its next meeting, 10 a.m. Wednesday, Fairfax Christian Church, 10185 Main St., Fairfax. Pregnant and nursing women as well as their children are welcome to attend. Free. For more information, call 703-629-0010.

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. Call 703-205-9041 or visit www.tops.org.

Breastfeeding moms group discussion, led by an experienced maternal-infant nurse/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 area. $5 a session. 703-776-6455.

SUPPORT GROUPS

The following free groups for adults who have received diagnoses of seizure disorders and caregivers are sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of the Chesapeake Region. For more information, call 703-425-6660.

* Reston epilepsy group, 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, Herndon High School, Entrance 8, Room 123, 700 Bennett St.

* Northern Virginia epilepsy group, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Falls Church High School, Room 100, 7521 Jaguar Trail, Falls Church area.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder support group, a free group for those who have received diagnoses of OCD, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. 703-250-1126. A separate group for family members of those with OCD meets at the same location on the first Monday of each month. For information on that group, call 703-978-6425.

Multiple sclerosis group for those with MS and/or their friends and family members, sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the MS Society, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Vienna Presbyterian Church Annex, 150 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. Free. 703-768-4841.

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

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

* Young adult group, for ages 18 to thirtysomething, 7:30-9 p.m. tonight.

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

* Carcinoid cancer group, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.

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

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

* Leukemia group, 6:30-9 p.m. tonight.

Head-and-neck cancers group for current and former cancer patients and their significant others, 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church area. Use blue parking garage. Free; preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

Caring and Sharing support group for cancer patients, survivors, family members and friends, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, Conference Center, Room 3, past the cafe to the left, 3600 Joseph Siewick Dr., Fairfax. Free; preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

Caregivers meeting, for family members to discuss coping strategies, support, information related to cancer, its treatment and more, 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Radiation Oncology Conference Room, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church area. Use blue parking garage. Free; preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

BMT/stem cell support group, for past, current and upcoming bone marrow transplant and/or stem cell transplant patients and caregivers, 12:30-1:30 p.m. next Thursday, Fairfax-Northern VA Hem-Onc, 8503 Arlington Blvd., #320, Fairfax. Free; preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

Prostate cancer group, 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Physician's Conference Center Auditorium, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Rd., Falls Church area. Use blue parking garage. Free; preregistration required. 703-776-2841.

-- Compiled by

JEAN MACK

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