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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.

Lotería Night

Thursday, October 3 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate cultural traditions in a family friendly night of Lotería, the Latin American version of bingo. Enjoy light appetizers and the chance to win small prizes. Register Online

Family Holiday Photos

Thursday, November 21 • 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Caring Arts
Caring Arts photographers will be on hand with their traveling photo studio, winter backdrop, Santa hats and festive props for family holiday photos. We will have holiday coloring pages for kids and winter mandalas for adults while you wait your turn. Dinner will be provided. Space is limited. Register early! Register Online

Support Groups

Aurora Multiple Myeloma Networking Group

First Wednesday, September 4, October 2, November 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 Monday, August 19, September 16, October 21, November 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

Caregiver Support Group

Second Wednesday, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 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 Thursday, September 12, October 10, November 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 Tuesday, August 27, September 2, October 22, November 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 and Fourth Tuesday, August 13 and 27, September 10 and 24, October 8 and 22, November 12 and 2610 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 Thursday, August 15, September 5 and 19, October 3 and 17, November 7 and 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

West Suburban Brain Tumor Support Group NEW!

First Tuesday: September 3, October 1, November 5 • 6:30 to 8 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 circumstances like your own. This group is facilitated by a nursing specialist in the neuroscience services and a hospital chaplain. This group will begin once five 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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