Having a loved one with cancer has its unique challenges. Often loved ones have as much (or more) stress and need for support services as the person with cancer does. Facilitated by a licensed clinician who has extensive training and experience working with people with cancer, family groups offer a safe place to talk about the roller coaster of emotions (fear, anxiety, powerlessness, anger, sadness, etc.) and issues related to a loved one with cancer. Group participants learn practical information and skills that help make them a more effective support person while maintaining their own health. We find that it works well to have separate groups for the person with cancer and the significant other/support person so they may speak honestly and openly about the issues and concerns that are unique to their role.
Family groups are for the person who wants to make a weekly commitment to the same group. Attendance at an Orientation Meeting and a short interview are required before joining a Family group. For more information, please click here.