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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: Valentine’s Day Dessert

Community Foundation of the Fox River ValleyThursday, February 7 • 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! Learn fun and creative ways of using healthy ingredients to make dishes everyone can enjoy. Please join us for a healthier Valentine’s Day inspired dessert cooking demonstration. Space is limited, make sure to reserve your spot today! Audio/Visual provided through a grant generously awarded by the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley. Register Online

Family Fun Night: Bird Feeders

Caring Arts FoundationThursday, March 7 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Caring Arts Foundation
With spring around the corner, join us as we create bird feeders to welcome our springtime friends! Enjoy live music by local talent, Olivia Ports. All supplies and instructions will be provided. Register Online

Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesdays, January 2, February 6
and March 6 • 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, January 21, February 18 and March 18 • 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

Breast Cancer Survivorship Networking Group

Second Mondays, January 14, February 11 and March 11 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those who have completed treatment and/or are dealing with residual effects from breast cancer treatment (physical and/or emotional). Co-facilitated by a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator and a breast cancer survivor. Register Online

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesdays, January 9, February 13 and March 13 • 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, January 10, February 14 and March 14 • 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, January 22, February 26 and March 26 • 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 Tuesdays, January 8, February 12 and March 26 • 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

West Suburban Brain Tumor Resource and Support Group

Third Wednesdays • January 16, February 20 and March 20 • 6:30 to 8 p.m.
This group is open to those diagnosed with a brain tumor as well as their loved ones. The group will begin once 5 participants have registered. Register Online

*Individual brain tumor resource navigation and support are available via telephone by a group facilitator. If you are interested, please call 331-301-5280 to schedule an appointment.

Grief Support Group

First and Third Thursdays • January 3 & 17,
February 7 & 21 and March 7 & 21 • 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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