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.
Online Support Groups
Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group
First Wednesdays: October 6, November 3, December 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 aurora@IMFsupport.org or (630) 423-6510.
Bereavement Support Group
First and Third Thursdays: October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, and December 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: September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 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: October 13, November 10, and December 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: October 14, November 11 and December 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.
Fourth Tuesdays: September 28, October 26, November 23 and December 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: September 28, October 12 and 26, November 9 and 23, and December 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: October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, and December 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.
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.
Children and Family Programs
Family Holiday Photos
Thursday, November 11 • 5 to 8 p.m.
Caring Arts Foundation
Pose for a holiday photo with your family, complete with a winter backdrop and festive props. Color holiday pages and winter mandalas while you wait. Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited. Register early!
Presents for Patients
Friday, December 3 • 6 to 8 p.m.
Take part in this festive, fun, family friendly evening of gift-making for the person in your life who has cancer. All supplies and instructions will be provided. Enjoy light refreshments and entertainment, too. Register Online
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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.