Support Services

Support Services

Waterford Transitioning to Virtual Programming

Due to an increase of COVID-19 in the community, Waterford Place will shift to virtual only programming (no in-person programs) beginning December 29. You may join programs virtually to stay connected for education and support. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance to join us virtually.

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 omar.ramos@waterfordcrc.com or call (331) 301-5280.

Online Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group
First Wednesdays: January 5, February 2, March 2 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation, this group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. Light refreshments will be provided. To sign up, please call Valarie Traynham, group leader, at aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.

Bereavement Support Group 
First and Third Thursdays: December 16, January 6 and 20, February 3 and 17, March 3 and 17 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Led by a licensed clinical social worker, the Bereavement Support Group is open to any adult who has lost a loved one to cancer. It provides a safe environment in which to process your grief. This group will begin once five participants have registered.

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)
Third Mondays: December 20, Februray 21, March 21 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by a licensed professional counselor, Breast FRIENDs is for those who are newly diagnosed, in active treatment or within the first years of completing treatment for breast cancer. 

Family and Caregiver Networking Group
Second Wednesdays: December 8, January 12, February 9, March 9 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
In this group, family, friends and caregivers of cancer patients will receive support for themselves and network with others in similar circumstances. The group is facilitated by a licensed social worker.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)
Second Thursdays: December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10• 1:30 to 3 p.m.
Open to those who have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis, Gyne SISTERs is co-facilitated by a licensed social worker and a registered nurse.

Men’s Group
Fourth Tuesdays: December 28, January 25, February 22, March 22 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to men who have had a cancer diagnosis. It is facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will be provided.

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Support Group 
Second and Fourth Tuesdays: December 14 and 28, January 11 and 25, February 8 an 22, March 8 and 22 • 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The TLC Support Group is for those living with an advanced or metastatic cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, the group will meet once five participants have registered.

West Suburban Brain Tumor Support Group (Virtual Only)
First and Third Tuesdays: December 7 and 21, January 4 and 18, February 1 and 15, March 1 and 15 • 4 to 4:30 p.m.
This group provides you, your family and friends with information about brain tumors and treatments, available resources, and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances. This group is facilitated by a nursing specialist in the neuroscience services and a hospital chaplain. Contact Deb Brunelle at (630) 898-4637 to register.

Counseling

Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling
By Appointment Only
Short-term counseling is to address cancer-related issues is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their families. 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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