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. 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 Wednesdays: April 6, May 4, June 1 • 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.

Bereavement Support Group 
First and Third Thursdays: April 7 and 21, May 5 and 19, June 2 and 16 • 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: March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 • 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: April 13, May 11, June 8 • 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: April 14, May 12, June 9 • 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: March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28 • 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: March 22, April 12 and 26, May 10 and 24, June 14 and 28 • 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: April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17, June 7 and 21 • 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.


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.