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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.

Children and Family Programs

These programs are designed for families with children 18 years and younger.

The Healing Kitchen Family Style: Vegan Noodles

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Thursday, May 23 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Carly Smitherman, MS, RDN, LDN
Participants are invited to gather for a nutritious cooking demonstration that involves the whole family! Please join us as we explore a variety of veggie noodle recipes. Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley. Register Online

Family Fun Night: Chalk it Up and Play with a Pup!

Caring Arts Foundation

Thursday, June 6 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Caring Arts Foundation
Back by popular demand, the famous Rush Copley therapy dogs and a fun-filled family time creating art work with chalk! Every family member will contribute their very own square in a giant chalk “quilt” of art. Bring an old blanket or rug to sit on. We'll have some on hand too. If it rains, we’ll move indoors and create a giant paper chalk quilt. The dogs will be here for inspiration, encouragement and comfort. Register Online

Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays, April 3, May 1 and June 5 • 6 to 8 p.m.
International Myeloma FoundationThis group is open to those diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma as well as their loved ones. A light dinner will be provided. To sign up, please call Valarie Traynham, group leader, at 630-423-6510 or This group is affiliated with the International Myeloma Foundation.

Breast FRIENDs (First Resource in Experiencing and Navigating a Diagnosis)

Third Mondays, April 15, May 20, and June 17 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
This group is designed for those who have been newly diagnosed, are in active treatment or are within the first years of completing treatment for breast cancer. Co-Facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. Register Online

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays, April 10, May 8, and June 12 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is designed to support loved ones of cancer patients. The group is facilitated by a Licensed Professional Counselor. Register Online

Gyne SISTERs (Sharing Inspiration and Support Through Education and

Second Thursdays, April 11, May 9, and June 13 • 1:30 to 3 p.m.
This group is open to those who have or have had a gynecological cancer diagnosis. Co-facilitated by an Licensed Professional Counselor and a Registered Nurse. Register Online

Men’s Group

Fourth Tuesdays, April 23, May 28, and June 25 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to men who have or have had a cancer diagnosis. Facilitated by a social worker who is also a prostate cancer survivor. A light dinner will be provided courtesy of a generous donation by Sodexo. Register Online

TLC (Together Living with Cancer) Support Group

Second and Fourth Tuesdays, April 9 and 23, May 14 and 28, June 11 and 25
10 to 11:30 a.m.

This group is designed to support those living with an advanced or metastatic cancer diagnosis. Co-Facilitated by a social worker. This group will begin once five participants have registered. Register Online

Grief Support Group

First and Third Thursdays, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 16, June 6 and 20 • 1 to 2:30 p.m.
This group is led by a hospice chaplain and is open to any adult who is coping with the death of a loved one as a result of cancer. This group is made possible through a partnership with Avalon Hospice and will begin once 5 participants have registered. Register Online

Oncology-Focused, Short-Term Counseling

By Appointment Only
Short-term counseling is provided to address cancer-related issues and is available to those diagnosed with cancer and their family. 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.

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

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