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Support Groups

(732) 321-7089

Support and bereavement groups are designed to provide a safe place for individuals to release powerful emotions they may otherwise keep to themselves. They are known to improve a participant's mood and decrease psychological distress, and provide an emotional connection when individuals feel isolated from friends and family. Together, participants provide and share information ranging from disease research and new medications, to how a bereaved person can cope during the first year after a loved one's death.

The following support and bereavement groups (listed in alphabetical order) are offered to community residents. Dates, times and locations of support groups vary. Please call the corresponding phone number to the support group you are interested in for additional information.

SPEECH AUDIOLOGY SERVICES

Aphasia Support Group

Provides communicative opportunities for patients who suffer from significant language deficits. For more information, please contact Janice Dibling at (732) 321-7063.

Every Wednesday, 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
JFK Medical Center
65 James St, Edison

Laryngectomee Support Group

A monthly support group for patients who have undergone a laryngectomee (removal of voice box). The latest speaking techniques and available products are discussed and "helpful hints" shared. Patients and family members are welcome. For more information, please contact Patti Shanes at (732) 321-7063.

Third Tuesday every month, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison

PEDIATRIC SERVICES

Pediatric Epilepsy Support Group

Second Wednesday every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
New Jersey Neuroscience Institute Conference Room
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison
Contact: Diane Poracky, RN
(732) 321-7000, ext. 67245

TUMOR SERVICES

Brain Tumor Support Group

The Central NJ Brain Tumor Support Group and Resource Center is an independent, non-profit organization, providing an agenda that alternates between general support group meetings and scheduled informative speakers.

First Thursday every month; please call for meeting time.
Brain Tumor Support Group
St. Luke's Church
North Plainfield
(732) 321-7000 ext. 66785

Benign Brain Tumor Support Group -- For Patients & Survivors

Second Monday every month, 7:00 p.m.
Location varies -- please call for meeting location
Contact: Beth Rosenthal
(732) 371-5338

HEAD INJURY/STROKE/REHAB SERVICES

Cardiopulmonary Support Group

The group provides support and education to people with similar interests in pulmonary disease.

Call for meeting dates/times
Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Cardiac Rehab. Therapy Gym
65 James Street, Edison
Contact: Chris Wade
(732) 321-7000, ext. 67049

Head Injury Support Group

This group is designed to help patients who have survived brain injuries such as trauma, stroke or tumors, and their families cope with emotions and learn healthy coping mechanisms.

Second Tuesday every month, 6:00 p.m.
Center For Head Injuries
JFK Hartwyck at Oak Tree
2048 Oak Tree Road, Edison
Contact: Sabrina Wisniewski
(732) 906-2640

Middlesex County Stroke Support Group

Second Wednesday every month, 7:00 p.m.
JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute
Therapeutic Recreation Room
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison
Contact: Frank Roche
(732) 969-2097

Wives of Stroke Victims

Third Tuesday every month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
JFK Outpatient Conference Room
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison
Contact: Rosemarie Picciuto
(732) 752-2644

CANCER SERVICES

Radiation Therapy Orientation (for Patients & Families)

An orientation group for new radiation patients and their families designed to provide information, dispel myths, decrease anxiety, and explore community resources. Members are introduced to the procedures and methods used during treatment and a brief instructional video. For further information, call 732 321 7000 x 66224.

Every other Friday throughout the year; call for specific times
Radiation Oncology Department
JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison
(732) 321-7769

"Insight" Cancer Support Group

A monthly support group for patients and their caregivers to share feelings and concerns. Information about cancer diagnosis and treatment is provided, allowing patients to make informed health decisions. For more information, call (732) 321-7769.

Third Thursday every month, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Jewish Community Center of Scotch Plains
1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains
(732) 321-7769

Voices of Healing - Breast Cancer Support Group

A monthly support group for patients with breast cancer. The goal of the group is to decrease feelings of isolation and provide a sense of belonging. Empowerment, body image and family roles are discussed.

First Tuesday every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
JFK Medical Center
Physicians Rehab Conference Room
65 James Street, Edison
Contact: Tracy Grafton
(732) 321-7000, ext. 62458

DIABETES/WEIGHT MANAGEMENT SERVICES

Diabetes Insulin Pump Therapy Support Group

Second Tuesday every month, 7:15 p.m.
Diabetes Center of New Jersey
65 James Street, Edison
(800) 991-6668 or (732) 744-5944

Diabetes Support Group

Individuals diagnosed with diabetes and respective family members are invited to share their knowledge, experiences, triumphs, and concerns.

First Wednesday every month, 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Diabetes Center of New Jersey
65 James Street, Edison
(800) 991-6668 or (732) 744-5944

Medical Weight Management Program

This program is designed to guide patients to a healthier way of eating. Here new food plans, behavior modification, fitness education, body analysis and much more will be discussed. Participants must be a patient of the Diabetes program to attend.

Second and fourth Wednesday every month, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Diabetes Center of New Jersey
65 James Street, Edison
(800) 991-6668 or (732) 744-5944

Bariatric Support Group

Third Thursday every month, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
65 James Street
Edison, New Jersey 08818
(732) 343-7484
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WOMEN & CHILDREN'S SERVICES

New Moms and Babies Network -- Post Partum Support Group

A support group for new moms (and their babies) to discuss the "adjustment to parenthood" with other moms going through the same experience. This group is open to all community members and delivery at JFK Medical Center is not required. Guest speakers (such as pediatricians and representatives from the hearing and dental programs) will occasionally present on relevant topics of interest and participate in a general question and answer session.

Second Wednesday every month, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
JFK Medical Center
5th floor Conference Room
65 James St
Edison, NJ 08820
Contact: Donna Wiegers, RN
(721) 632-1632

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUPS (conducted by Haven Hospice)

Spousal Bereavement Group--The “One and Only” Club

A spousal loss group for people who are 55 years of age and older. The Group is designed to help spouses, who have been bereaved for as long as two years, understand the grief process and share their feelings with others with the same experiences, while adjusting to new roles. Registration is required. For more information, please call 732-321-7000, ext. 62377.

Second and fourth Wednesday every month, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Whispering Knoll Assisted Living (located across from JFK Medical Center)

Young Spousal Bereavement Group

A spousal loss group for people who are younger than 55 years of age. The group is designed to help spouses, who have been bereaved for as long as two years, understand the grief process and share their feelings with others with the same experiences, while adjusting to new roles. Registration is required. For more information, please call 732-321-7000, ext. 62071.

Second Tuesday every month, 6:30 p.m.
JFK Medical Center Radiation Therapy Waiting Room

Growing Through Grief (for children, teens, and adults)

A monthly group for adults and their children , ages 3 to 18 years of age, who have experienced a close loss within the last two years. The children are in groups based upon their developmental age, while the adults meet in their own group with other parents. The children’s group utilizes play and arts and crafts to promote the healing process. Registration is required. Please call 732-321-7700, ext 62071, for more information.

Fourth Tuesday every month, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Whispering Knolls Assisted Living Facility (located across the street from JFK Medical Center)

Hugs and Bugs Retreat

Hugs and Bugs is the culmination of the Growing Through Grief program. Participants are invited to a day away from the stresses of life where young grievers and their caregivers can begin to embrace and enjoy life even in the face of loss. The one day event is typically held in the summer in a natural setting.

Date/Time/Location: To Be Announced

The Path Most Traveled

A general group for adults grieving the death of a loved one within the last two years. Registration is required. For more information, call 732-321-7000, ext. 62377.

First and third Tuesday every month, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
JFK Medical Center Radiation Therapy Waiting Room