Cancer Wellness House
Get Connected. Find Support.
About Support Groups:
Survivor Support Group:
The National Cancer Institute states that “Research shows that people in pain may feel sad or anxious and may get depressed more often. At other times they may feel irritable, or angry and frustrated. And they can feel lonely, even if they have others around them. A common result of having cancer and being in pain is fear. For many, pain and fear together feel like suffering. People get upset worrying about the future. They focus their thoughts on things that may or may not happen.” This group is a great opportunity for survivors of any stage in their cancer journey can come together and provide support to one another. This group is a great way for other survivors to find friends going through similar situations and to get advice on how to deal with various cancer related issues.
Bereavement Support Group:
This group is specifically for anyone dealing with the bereavement of a loved one. Anyone who is experiencing any sort of loss can come to this group to receive support. “The progression from the final stages of cancer to the death of a loved one is experienced in different ways by different individuals. Every person is unique, and thus there will be many individual differences in grief experiences. Most people will experience common or normal grief and will cope well; others will experience more severe grief reactions such as prolonged or complicated grief and will benefit from treatment. Some may even find that the cancer experience, although it is difficult and trying, may lead to significant personal growth. Coping with death is usually not an easy process and cannot be dealt with in a cookbook fashion. The way in which a person will grieve depends on the personality of the grieving individual and his or her relationship with the person who died. The cancer experience; the manner of disease progression; one’s cultural and religious beliefs, coping skills, and psychiatric history; the availability of support systems; and one’s socioeconomic status all affect how a person will cope with the loss of a loved one via cancer (National Cancer Institute, 2017).”
Caregiver Support Group:
This group is open to all caregivers of survivors who are struggling to cope with diagnosis and the changes that cancer has made in their lives. "Chronic or severe pain affects everyone who loves and takes care of you. It can be hard for family members and friends to watch someone close to them be in pain. Your loved ones may feel angry, anxious, and lonely. They may feel helpless because they can’t make you feel better. They may even feel guilty that you have pain while they don’t. Or they may feel loss, because your pain keeps you from doing things you like to do. It’s natural for family members and friends to have these emotions. It may help if everyone understands that these emotions exist and that no one needs to face them alone. Let your family members know it’s okay for them to get help. Like a survivor, they can talk to a counselor or join a support group. (National Cancer Institute, 2014)”
You do not need an appointment to attend any Support Groups. Please check the calendar for a complete schedule and to see if any groups have been cancelled. Arrive at house #59 (South house) for all groups.
Survivor Support Group- Wednesdays 5:30-7:30
Bereavement Support Group- New schedule coming!
Caregiver Support Group- Wednesdays 5:30-7:30
We are always looking to hire new volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering to make a difference in the life of a cancer survivor, please call us at (801) 236-2294 or email us email@example.com.