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<mh>Bereavement Group

<bt>Bereavement group for adults who have lost a loved one meets Fridays Feb.8, 15 from 1- 2 p.m. at the Jewish Social Service Agency, 3018 Javier Rd. Fairfax. To register for this free service call 703-204-9100.

<mh>Women's Group Meeting

<bt>Group exploring women's experiences with mood, feelings of loss, and relationship difficulties at work and at home meets Wed. Feb. 6,13,20,27 at 6-7 p.m. at the Jewish Social Service Agency 3018 Javier Rd. Fairfax. Thecost is $55 a session. To register call 703-204-9100.

<mh>Peer Counseling Training

<bt>Training for high school students who want to help friends learn problem-solving and listening skills and when to seek a professional's help. Group meets Sun. Feb. 17 at the Jewish Community Center 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. To register call 703-204-9100. An interview is required.

<mh>Coping and Rebuilding Programs

<bt>A six week coping program held for divorced, separated or widowed persons begins Sat. Feb. 24 between 6-8 p.m. Also starting Sat. Feb. 24 is a nine week program for Rebuilding following the end of marriage. Rebuilding class runs from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Coping and rebuilding programs are presented by Coping/Rebuilding of Northern Virginia 120 W. Greenway Blvd. Falls Church.

*Cost for coping program is $3 a session. For more information call Gerri Ellenberger 703-670-4845 or David Bobek 703-729-1945.

*Cost for rebuilding program is $41 program fee and includes text. For more information call Fran Patchett 703-426-5774 or Janet Smith 703-753-0495.

<mh>Research Update

<bt>Medical oncologist Dr. Robert Reid will talk to the prostate cancer support group on current research in the use of chemotherapy to treat prostate cancer. The meeting will be held Feb. 12 7:30 - 9 p.m. at Hospital Physician's Conference Center 3300 Gallows Rd. Falls Church.

<mh>Surviving Guilt

<bt>Talk-therapist Sherry Showalter will give a seminar for cancer survivors titled "Coping with Guilt." The talk will be held Feb. 21 7:15-9 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. To register call 703-698-2841.

<mh>Cancer Recovery Book Discussion

<bt>"Live Longer, Live Larger: A Holistic Approach for Cancer Patients and Families", a handbook based on over 20 years of its authors' clinical experience, will be discussed Feb. 22 10-11 a.m. at Borders Books and Music Bailey's Crossroads.

<mh>Writing Therapy

<bt>Counselor and certified poetry therapist Georgia Robertson will lecture at the cancer support group. Robertson's talk will focus on the use of discussion and writing to cope with the feelings surrounding living with cancer. The talk will be held Feb. 25 from 7:15-8:45 p.m. at the Life With Cancer Family Center 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. To register call 703-698-2841.

<mh>Cancer's Other Problems

<bt>Financial experts, including a CPA, a health insurance specialist and an estate attorney, will help participants plan for the money difficulties surrounding cancer treatment. The panel will meet Feb. 28, 7 - 9 p.m. at Inova Alexandria Hospital, Health Education Center, 4320 Seminary Rd. Alexandria.

<mh>Support Group

<bt>Thyroid cancer support group's monthly meeting for cancer survivors, friends and family members Feb. 2 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center,  2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. For information call 1-877-588-7904.

<mh>Support Group

<bt>Attorney Francis X. Lillis will discuss wills and associated matters for the United Ostomy Association Feb. 3 from 1:30 - 4 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital 3300 Gallows Rd. Falls Church. For information call 703-802-3457.

<mh>Music for Healing

<bt>Music therapist Sheila Egan will facilitate two music sessions to help cancer patients, friends and families use melody to comfort and aid healing. Sessions meet Feb. 4, 11 from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. To register call 703-698-2841.

<mh>Exercise & Healing

<bt>The Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield, presents a six week exercise program designed to help strength, flexibility, endurance, and to lessen fatigue continues Mon. & Wed. Feb. 4 -20 from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. To register call 703-698-2841.

*On Feb. 13 a pharmacist will discuss medication's effect on exercise

capacity.

<mh>Support Group

<bt>Support group for adult patients and their families dealing with brain tumors. Meeting is Feb. 5 from 12 - 1:30 p.m. at the Life with Cancer Family Center, 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. To register call 703-698-2841.

<mh>Support Group

<bt>Semi-monthly support group for women with early-stage breast cancer meets Feb. 6, 20 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at Inova Fairfax Hospital Women's Center Radiation Oncology Conference Center, 3300 Gallows Rd. Falls Church.

<mh>Mental Imagery

<bt>The Life with Family Cancer Center (LFCC) hosts a program on the use of imagery and techniques to lessen anxiety and medical fears. The four week program led by professional counselor Dodi Christiano meets Feb. 6,13, 20, 27 from 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. at the LFCC, 2832 Juniper St. Merrifield. To register call 703-698-2841.

<mh>Support Group

<bt>Non-denominational cancer support group led by hospital chaplain meets Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Inova Alexandria Hospital, 4320 Seminary Rd. Alexandria. For information call 703-504-3852.