Emotional Support

All of our programs are offered at no cost to our members.

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Breathing

Description: Breathing Space Circles are an ongoing gathering of women dedicated to enriching their own lives and the lives of others by regularly nurturing themselves, mind, body and spirit. Participants are invited to step into a space that is welcoming, warm and nurturing, to experience the peace that lives in the still place within. This is a 8 week program.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Schedule: This program will be offered again soon in 2017. Watch our calendar for details.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Bouncing

Description: A guide to beginning your NEW relationship with work and the workplace after a cancer diagnosis. This program is for anyone who has recently returned to work, or is planning to return to work in the next year. This is a 9 week program facilitated by a Life Coach. Some topics that will be covered include; Exploring and redefining yourself and your role in the workplace, setting boundaries and ensuring time for self-care, exploring the rewards and challenges of returning to work, finding purpose and meaning in work and following your heart’s callings.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Schedule: This program will begins March 14th, 2017.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Powerful

Description: A cancer diagnosis affects not just the patient but the immediate and extended family as well as friends and family. This support group offers support for the caregiver as they care for their loved ones.  Caregivers will develop a wealth of self-care tools to : reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and healthcare providers;deal with difficult feelings and make tough caregiver decisions.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Schedule: This 6 week program will begin Thursday, March 23rd 2017.

Facilitators: Sonja Shepherd and Susan Viminitz

Colorectal Cancer Support Group

Description: For those newly diagnosed, in or recently completed treatment. This group offers support and strength in dealing with colon cancer. Educational materials and resources to help you make informed decisions about your treatment will be discussed.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: Third Monday of each month from 4:30pm – 6:30pm.

Facilitator: Ted Truman and Rosemarie Donnelly

Couples Facing Cancer Support Group

Description: This support group is for couples where one or both partners have a cancer diagnosis. Relationships are often challenged with a cancer diagnosis. Usual routines, patterns of communication and concepts of self and others in the relationship may change due to the illness.

This group will focus on assisting couples to explore the impact of cancer on their couple relationship and will offer the opportunity to develop skills for more effective communication and ways to cope with the challenges.

A seven week commitment is required for this group and registration is limited to 6 couples. This group is facilitated by Family and Marriage Therapists.

Register: To be considered for this group please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This program will be offered again soon in 2017

Facilitators: Rita Benson and Keith Marlow

Lymphedema Monthly Drop In Support Group

Description: Lymphedema, secondary to breast cancer surgery or radiation treatment, is a persistent swelling in the arm, hand or chest wall closest to the breast cancer site. This is a peer led support group for patients dealing with swelling due to lymphedema. Emotional support, resources and workshops on lymphatic drainage techniques are provided.

Additional Links: http://www.lymphontario.org/

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This support group meets on the Third Thursday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm

Facilitators: Maureen Riddell and Lynda Hicks

Lymphoma and Blood Related Cancers Support Group

Description: This on-going enthusiastic support group is for those diagnosed with a blood cancer, being a Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s Disease, Leukemia or Multiple Myeloma, and we are committed to:

  • Giving each other support and strength through initial diagnosis and in the event of recurrence
  • Providing educational material and resources to help you understand and make informed decisions about your treatment and wellness after treatment
  • Celebrating cancer survival

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This support group meets on the 2nd Thursday and 4th Wednesday each month from 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Facilitators: Sonja Shepherd and Pamela West

Melanoma Support Group

Description: This is a program designed for men who are recently diagnosed, in treatment or recently finished treatment. The Men’s Drop In Support Group provides a forum for conversation, support and resources. Sandwiches will be served.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Facilitators: Ted Truman and Geoff Lloyd

Men's Drop In Group

Description: This is a program designed for men who are recently diagnosed, in treatment or recently finished treatment. The Men’s Drop In Support Group provides a forum for conversation, support and resources. Sandwiches will be served.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Facilitators: Ted Truman and Geoff Lloyd

Metastatic Support Group

Description: This program provides patients with metastatic cancer the opportunity to meet with other metastatic cancer patients. In a supportive and non-threatening setting, sessions focus on discussion and sharing of feelings and concerns regarding unique issues that can be triggered by this diagnosis. Through participation in this program patients may find comfort and reassurance and improve their ability to cope with the roller-coaster of emotions and re-entry into the medical system.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: Every Wednesday from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Facilitators: Dean Boshart

Namaste Grief Support Group

Description: An 8 session afternoon bi-weekly support group for people who have lost a loved one to cancer. This group will provide both educational and emotional support and is professionally facilitated by a Grief Educator.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to be added to our waitlist for the winter session.

Schedule: Bi-weekly as scheduled beginning on Tuesday, March 7th 2017 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Facilitator: Tom Easthope

Next Steps After Treatment

Description: What happens after treatment ends? Next Steps After Treatment is a six week program for cancer survivors and their partners in care that assists in the transition to life after cancer. The program explores a variety of problem solving techniques and strategies that address the physical, emotional and practical issues that can occur after treatment. The program provides an opportunity to examine how developing an action plan and goal setting can contribute to better stress management, effective communication skills and a healthy lifestyle.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to be added to our waitlist for the winter session.

Schedule: This program will be offered again soon in 2017. Watch our calendar for details.

Facilitator: Nancy Dryden and Janice Wheeler

Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group

Description: This is an eight week support group for breast cancer patients in the first year of their diagnosis. This group offers emotional support and strength in dealing with breast cancer, as well as providing material and resources to help manage breast cancer treatments.

Additional Links: http://www.willow.org

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: Each Monday for 8 weeks beginning March 6th, 2017 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitators: Janice Walker and Carole Keys

Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program

Description: The Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program is a support group for families dealing with childhood cancer. A children’s program for children with cancer and their siblings meets upstairs, while the parents meet in a facilitated peer support group. This support group offers parents an opportunity to connect with other families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis, treatment and late effects.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org to register

Schedule: The Family Support evening meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required.

Facilitators: Carolyn Hoar and Janette Berthelot

For more information about our Pediatric Cancer Program, including services for children with cancer and their siblings please call Carolyn at 905-579-4833 to arrange for our Parent Navigator to contact you.

Phoenix Group

Description: The Phoenix is a support group for women who have finished initial/active treatment for a cancer diagnosis. The definition, meaning and coping with survivorship issues will be discussed with a new topic each week. Topics may include; creating and dealing with a new self-image, relationships, fear of recurrence, coping strategies and self-care and more. This is an 8 week program and commitment to all 8 weeks is required.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This program will begin again in May 2017. To be added to our registration list for this program please contact Janette.

Facilitators: Janice Wheeler and Lucienne Pouliot-Snellings

The Healing Journey Program – Levels 1 through 5

A diagnosis of cancer is a profound crisis, not only physically but psychologically and spiritually as well. The Healing Journey program has been developed to offer help to people looking for new ways to help themselves. It evolved as a result of research conducted at Princess Margaret Hospital by Dr. Alastair Cunningham. There is evidence showing that psycho-spiritual self-help work improves the quality of life and may inhibit the progression of cancer. The methods taught in this program are offered as an adjunct to conventional medical treatment. There are five steps, each building on the last and taking you further along the journey.

Additional Links: http://www.healingjourney.ca/ 

Level One: Coping With Cancer Stress

Description: This is a four session introduction where you learn stress management techniques like deep relaxation, thought control, mental imaging and emotional awareness and expression.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This program will be offered again in Spring 2017.  To be added to our registration list for this program please contact Janette

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Level Two: Skills For Healing

Description: This is an eight week course which goes into more depth with self-help techniques including consulting an inner healer, meditation, journaling and spiritual aspects of healing.

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: The next session will begin in Spring 2017.  Please contact Janette to be added to the registration list.

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Level Three: Steps Toward Spiritual Healing

Description: An eight week course in the basics of connecting spiritually. Each week consists of discussion around a topic, meditation and exercises to complete. This involves taking a step into deeper commitment to your healing journey. Some questions you will explore are: What are some of the blocks to my spiritual growth? Who am I really? How can I find meaning in my life’s circumstances?

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: The next 9 week session will begin begin in Spring 2017.  To be added to our registration list for this program please contact Janette.  Please note that participants must have completed Levels One and Two before registering for Level Three.

Perquisite: Level 1 and 2

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Level Four: Life Story

Description: With some guidance and support, you write a structured story of your life and share it with the group. The writing of the story is done with help, over time, with support of the group and is a profound experience. The telling of the story is the second powerful experience. Both the writing and the telling have been very rewarding for the participants who have done it.

Register: The facilitator registers participants directly after completion of level 3. For more information about this program or about the registration process please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This program is currently scheduled to begin in Fall 2017, to be added to our registration list please contact Janette.  Please note that participants must have completed Levels One, Two and Three before registering for Level Four.

Perquisite: Level 1, 2 and 3

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Meditation and Spiritual Study

Description: This program is for Healing Journey alumni who want to continue their process with a group. The format is one hour honing meditation practices and one hour reading and discussing “A Year to Live” by Stephen Levine.

Register: The facilitator registers participants directly after completion of level 4. For more information about this program or about the registration process please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This is a series of sessions held on alternate Tuesday evenings from 5:00pm – 7:00pm beginning September 22nd, 2016.

Pre-requisite: Level 1, 2, 3 and 4

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

The Sharing Circle

Description: The Sharing Circle is an aboriginal approach to health and wellness. Spiritual in nature, the program addresses the emotional needs of all who participate. It is an opportunity for anyone who wants to share their life experiences and learn from others about holistic health. If you just want to come and listen that is okay too. What you share in the circle stays in the circle. Each workshop is independent so come for one session or all!
Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: Alternate Friday mornings from 10am to 12pm.

Facilitator: Kathy McLeod Beaver

Young Hearts

Description: This support group addresses the unique needs of young adults aged 25-40 with cancer. Come out and share experiences, learn from other group members and support one another. Potential topics for discussion may include: Sexuality/fertility, supporting young children, managing finances, social supports, couples communications, single parenthood/dating/when to disclose disease/ returning to work, survivorship issues and self-esteem, dealing with parents and insurance/POA/Will concerns. This group is facilitated by a Registered Family therapist.

Additional Links: http://www.youngadultcancer.ca/

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This is a 6 week program that runs bi-weekly.  A new session will be offer in Spring of 2017. Watch our calendar for details.

Facilitator: Danielle Grandmaison MSW, RSW, Registered Family Therapist

Young Hearts Alumni

Description: The Young Hearts Alumni support group addresses the unique needs of young adults aged 25-40. This group consists of past members of the 6 week Closed group that like to continue to meet. It is a self-directed support group and meets bi-monthly.

Additional Links: http://www.youngadultcancer.ca

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email Janette@hearthplace.org

Schedule: This group meets bi-monthly.  Please contact Janette for the next meeting date

Facilitator: Self-directed

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wed31may2:45 pm- 5:15 pmSteps Towards Spiritual HealingLevel 3 of The Healing Journey2:45 pm - 5:15 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Janette BerthelotPrograms:Emotional Support
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