Support Services

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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. For more information about these programs or to register, please email or call (331) 301-5280.

Online Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group (Virtual Only)
First Wednesday: December 6, January 3, February 7, March 6 • 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 or (630) 423-6510.

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)
Third Monday: December 18, January 22, February 19, March 18 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Facilitated by a licensed professional counselor, Breast FRIENDs is for anyone experiencing a breast cancer diagnosis, regardless of treatment type or stage. This informal group provides support and a safe place to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges.

Survivorship Support Group
Third Monday: December 18, February 19, March 18  • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is for those who have completed treatment and are looking for support as they transition into life after treatment. The informal group provides a safe space to share experiences, successes and ongoing challenges for all persons living through and beyond cancer.

Family and Caregiver Networking Group
Second Wednesday: December 13, January 10, February 14, March 13 • 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.

Soul Tending and Support Group
First Thursday: December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7   • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Soul Tending and Support is a cancer support group where healing and discovering meaning can be found in one’s cancer experience. Connect with others seeking spiritual support in a safe and confidential environment.

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and Resources)
Second Thursday: December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14 • 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 Tuesday: December 26, January 23, February 27, March 26 • 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.


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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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.