Support Services

Support Services

Support Groups are often one of the best ways that participants at Waterford Place garner strength and wisdom. Support Groups at Waterford Place are safe spaces for participants to share information while also receiving support in managing difficult experiences and celebrating successes along the way.

We are pleased to offer the following support groups online. For more information about these programs or to register, please email or call (331) 301-5280.

Online Support Groups

Waterford Community Connections
Second and Fourth Fridays: April 23, May 14 and 28, and June 11 and 25 • 11 a.m. to Noon
Omar Ramos, Program and Administrative Support Coordinator

Waterford Place supports the desire of participants to stay socially connected while being physically distant. Join us as we virtually connect to encourage one another and share experiences. This informal safe space will help build personal connections through mindful conversations. Drop in any time!

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group
First Wednesdays: May 5 , June 2 • 6 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. To sign up, please call Valarie Traynham, group leader, at (630) 423-6510 or This group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation.

Bereavement Support Group
Third Wednesdays: April 21, May 19, June 16 • 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Grief is unique to each individual and there is no right or wrong way to grieve. This group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer. Facilitated by a licensed social worker, it provides a safe environment in which to process grief surrounded by the support of others. 

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)
Third Mondays: April 19, May 17, June 21 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This group is designed for those who have been newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or are within the first years of completing treatment for breast cancer. The group is facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Family and Caregiver Networking Group
Second Wednesdays: May 12, June 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is designed for family, friends and caregivers of cancer patients to receive support for themselves and network with others navigating similar experiences. The group is facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)
Second Thursdays: May 13, June 10 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis, this group is co-facilitated by a licensed social worker and a registered nurse. 

Men’s Group
Fourth Tuesdays: April 27, May 25, June 22 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to men who have or have had a cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor.

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Support Group
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: April 27, May 11 and 25, June 8 and 22 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
This group is designed to support those living with an advanced or metastatic cancer diagnosis and is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker. This group will begin on five participants have registered.


Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling
By Appointment Only
Short-term counseling is provided to address cancer-related issues and is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their family. Up to five sessions are provided to address concerns such as sadness, worries, communication, returning to work, body-esteem and other similar issues as they relate to a cancer diagnosis.

Grief Counseling
By Appointment Only, provided through a partnership with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Illinois.
For many, the grief experience that results from the death of a loved one can generate a myriad of feelings, confusion and questions. Talking with a bereavement specialist one-on-one about this experience can assist in the coping process.

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Waterford Place is free of charge to participants; however it is entirely supported by philanthropy meaning that every gift matters. Learn more about ways to give.