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Support Groups (online & off) - Your recommendations please 
Started by moderator | modératrice
15 Feb 2015, 4:48 PM

"If someone told me that I would feel comforted and supported from a voice on a page, [from] someone I have never met, I would have been skeptical, but now I realise how it means so much to feel the caring spirit of the human voice as we have here in Virtual Hospice!” ~community member, CarolynMarie

Many of us have found comfort, support, practical help and friendship through the Virtual Hospice community. Sometimes you’ve asked or recommended other places that you have found support - online and in person. These support groups can be a great addition to the friendships and support you’ve come to cherish on Virtual Hospice. Here are 2 examples:

  • Your local hospice - Hospices across Canada offer in person support groups for families, teens, children and grief counselling that you can use whether your family member was enrolled in the program or not.
  • CancerChatCanada offers professionally led online support groups for Canadians affected by Canada.

You can find more, including bereavement support groups, in our Programs and Services listing.

Sometimes the support offered is time limited for a period of several weeks. And this is where you, the members of the Virtual Hospice community, play such an important role. When people finish their groups, but want to stay connected, they can come to us.

To that end, Virtual Hospice works with organizations like hospice’s across the country, CancerChatCanada, Bereaved Families of Ontario to make sure people know there is continued support in a safe place right here with people ready to welcome them.

Where have you found support programs and would you recommend them to others?

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Reply by moderator | modératrice
15 Feb 2015, 4:55 PM

CancerChatCanada has a number of online groups starting soon.



Group 1

Advanced Cancer Group (patients with advanced cancer and any cancer diagnosis) – startingWednesday, February 18th (3 spots left!)

Group 2

Cancer Survivor Group for Young Adults (45 years of age or younger) – starting Wednesday, February 18th (2 spots left!)

Group 3

Metastatic Breast Cancer Group for Young Women (45 years of age or younger) – startingTuesday, February 24th (3 spots left!)

Group 4

Sleeping Well with Cancer and Beyond (cancer patients or survivors with insomnia). This educational course is based on the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy and will help participants develop an individualized sleep program – starting Thursday, March 5th

Group 5

Cancer Survivor Group (post treatment with any cancer diagnosis) – starting Thursday, March 12th

Group 6

Family Caregiver Group (caring for a loved one with any cancer diagnosis or stage) – startingWednesday, March 18th

Group 7

Art Therapy Group (cancer patients or survivors). This is an art therapy-based support group where group members will express themselves using different art techniques, including digital painting and photography. No art experience is necessary! – starting Wednesday, March 25th

Group 8

Blood Cancer Group  (patients with lymphoma, myeloma or leukemia) – starting Thursday, March 26th


For more details about these groups, see here: https://cancerchatcanada.ca/news.php?id=30.
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Reply by moderator | modératrice
16 Apr 2015, 12:26 PM

Here's the list of new CancerChatCanadasupport groups starting in May.

    • For advanced cancer patients (advanced cancer with any cancer diagnosis) – starting Tuesday, May 5th  
    • For caregivers (caring for a loved one with any cancer diagnosis or stage) – starting Thursday, May 14th 

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