Emotional Support

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

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Breathing Spaces

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.

Register: Please call 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Schedule: Please check our program calendar for the next session.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Bouncing_Back

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list for this group.

Schedule: We will be offering this program in the spring of 2020.

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Caregivers_Support_Group

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 Sonja at 905-579-4833 or email sonja[at]hearthplace.org to find out about and register for this group.

Facilitators: Sonja Shepherd

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Third Monday of each month from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Please note that due to the Family Day weekend, the February meeting will be held on the second Monday of the month – February 10th, 2020.

Facilitator: Ted Truman

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 Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Please check our calendar for the next session.

Facilitators: Rita Benson and Keith Marlow

The Flowering House

Description: This program is based on Life Coach Paige Stirling Fox’s book  The Flowering House.  Through a series of exercises including journaling, mindfulness activities, group discussion and more, Paige will help participants increase self-awareness, self-nurturance and inner peace.  The program is intended to assist you to breathe, be present and awaken more fully to your authentic truth.  It provides guidance for those who long to more full express their purpose.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to be added to the wait list.

Schedule: Please check our calendar for the next session

Facilitator: Paige Stirling Fox

Gynecological Cancer Information Series

Description: This 6 week series is for women with a gynecological cancer who may be seeking more information.  Participants will have the opportunity to pick the topics that will be covered in each meeting.  Examples include fear of recurrence, body image, dealing with the side effects of treatment, and so on.  The group is facilitated by a nurse who believes that knowledge is power, and that information will help boost confidence.

Schedule: This series starts on Wednesday, January 15th, from 1:00 – 2:30pm.

Registration: To register please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Facilitator: Pamela West

Lymphedema Peer Support

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. Our monthly support group is no longer meeting, however individual peer support is still available.  We continue to offer our Lymphedema Education and Assessment Program by appointment on the first and third Monday of each month.

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

Register: If you are interested in peer support for lymphedema please call 905 579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org or Sonja[at]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:We are pleased to have partnered with the Melanoma Network to offer a support group for patients with Melanoma. This group is led by experienced health care professionals along with cancer survivors; the sessions are structured but also flexible in format and topics. The MNC patient support group is a supportive place to share your feelings, challenges and an opportunity to ask question

Register: Please call 905 579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: 1st Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm – 8:30pm – please note that the first meeting of 2020 will be on January 8th.

Additional Resources: https://www.melanomanetwork.ca/

Men's 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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

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

Facilitators: Ted Truman

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.  Registration is required.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905 579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

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

Facilitators: Dean Boshart and Barb Franks-McNaughton

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to be added to our wait list for the spring session.

Schedule: Bi-weekly as scheduled from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Facilitator: Andrea Shaw

Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer Support Group

Description: This seven week support group is for breast cancer patients from the day of diagnosis through to the end of treatment. 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.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to register.

Schedule: The next series starts on Monday January 6th, 2020 from 10:00 – 12:00pm

Facilitators: Janice Walker and Carole Keys

One On One Peer Support

Description:Share your experiences with a compassionate and understanding individual who has had a personal experience with cancer.

Registration:  Please email with Sonja[at]hearthplace.org to arrange for this service.

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[at]hearthplace.org to register.

Schedule: The Family Support meets monthly on the evening of the 4th Thursday of each month from 6:30 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 Janette 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 are at least one year out of treatment for a cancer diagnosis. The definition, meaning and coping with survivorship issues will be discussed along with other topics 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 a 7 week program and commitment to all 7 weeks is required.

Register: Please call Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to be added to our wait list.

Schedule: Please see out calendar for the next session.

Facilitators: Janice Wheeler and Lucienne 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.

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 Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Levels one and two will be offered in a combined format starting on Thursday January 9th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:30pm, for 10 weeks.

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 Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or email stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Levels one and two will be offered in a combined format starting on Thursday January 9th, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:30pm, for 10 weeks.

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

Level Three: Steps Toward Spiritual Healing

Description: A nine 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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: This program begins on Tuesday January 14th from 2:00 – 4:30pm, for 9 weeks.

Prerequisite: Levels one and two must be completed before registering in level three.

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Prerequisite: 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 book selected by the group.

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: This is an on-going series of sessions held on alternate Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Prerequisite: Level 1, 2, and 3

Facilitator: Sue Valentine

The Sharing Circle for Health and Wellness

Description: The Sharing Circle is an Indigenous 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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Alternate Friday mornings from 10:00am to 12:00pm.  The next meeting is on Friday January 24th, 2020.

Facilitator: Kathy McLeod Beaver

Women's Support Group

Description: This group is open to all women with cancer.  It does not matter what type you have, you are invited to join.  The drop-in style allows for topics to be covered as they arise; there is no formal agenda.  Share your experiences and emotions in a compassionate and safe environment.

Register: Please contact Stephanie at 905-579-4833 or stephanie[at]hearthplace.org to register.

Schedule: This group meets on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month, from 6:30 – 8:00pm.  The first meeting for 2020 will be Tuesday January 7th, 2020.

Facilitated by: Lucienne Snellings and Janice Wheeler

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 stephanie[at]hearthplace.org

Schedule: Please Watch our calendar for the next session

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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thu9jul7:00 pm- 9:00 pmLymphoma and Blood Related Cancers Support Group7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Stephanie HamiltonPrograms:Emotional Support
wed8jul12:30 pm- 2:30 pmMetastatic Cancer Support Group12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Stephanie HamiltonPrograms:Emotional Support
tue7jul4:00 pm- 5:30 pmCaregiver Support Group4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Stephanie HamiltonPrograms:Emotional Support
thu9jul1:00 pm- 2:30 pmSkills For HealingThe Healing Journey - Level 21:00 pm - 2:30 pm Hearth Place Cancer Support CentreEvent Organized By: Stephanie HamiltonPrograms:Emotional Support