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BEREAVEMENT — Eight-week bereavement support groups are offered periodically by VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton. Free; a brief interview is required. For information call 584-1060.

BEREAVEMENT — A support group for anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one. No fee. For all faiths; for more information call 584-1753.

BEREAVEMENT — Hospice of the Fisher Home in Amherst periodically offers seven-week bereavement support groups, open to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. There is no fee; a phone interview is required. For information, call Norma Palazzo at 549-0115.

COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS — A support group for people who have lost children meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Baystate Medical Center, 3300 Main St., Springfield. For more information call 687-1073 or visit www.compassionatefriends.org.

EMPTY ARMS — A support group for parents who have lost babies before, during or shortly after birth meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. A core group of parents leads the sessions, which have an open, drop-in format. Between-meeting support always available by phone or email. Contact Carol McMurrich at 529-1610 or email carolmcmurrich@comcast.net.

FAMILY BEREAVEMENT — The Garden: A Center for Grieving Children and Teens offers bereavement support groups at the Hampshire Regional YMCA in Northampton. Prior to attending, all families must call for an intake appointment. Call Shelly Bathe Lenn at 584-7086, ext. 124, or email slenn@garden-cgc.org. More information is at www.garden-cgc.org.

LOSS OF ADULT CHILD — A peer support group for parents who have experienced the death of a teenager or adult child meets the third Monday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room A at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, High Street, Greenfield. Free and confidential; parents are welcome to bring an adult friend for additional support. For more information, contact Vera at 586-0171.


BIPOLAR DISORDER — A support group for people with bipolar disorder or similar conditions meets Fridays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Burger King on King Street, Northampton. Sponsored by Guided Challenges. For more information, call Fran at 586-5881.

DEPRESSION — A group for anyone suffering from depression or manic depression meets Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. at Easthampton Congregational Church, 112 Main St. Free. 734-3071.

DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR DISORDER — A free peer support group for people living with depression and bipolar disorder meets every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, in Amherst. We welcome new participants. For more information, please contact Barbara at 532-1784.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS/CAREGIVERS — A group for family and friends of people living with mental illness meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 7-8:30 p.m. at Clinical Support Options, 8 Atwood Drive, Northampton. For more information call Carol at 527-0532. A Greenfield support group meets the last Wednesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1 Arch Place, Greenfield. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information contact Jane at 863-5141.

HEARING VOICES — A group for voice hearers or people who are familiar with extreme states of consciousness meets Mondays at 4 p.m. at 211 North St., Northampton. The group offers an opportunity to share experiences and coping strategies. Free. For information call 586-0207.

MENTAL HEALTH — A support group that is nonjudgmental, pro-choice and an inclusive space for people labeled with mental disorders meets Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. at 43 Center St., Northampton, side entrance. For information call 877-677-6424, email FreedomCenterInfo@gmail.com or go to www.freedom-center.org.

MENTAL ILLNESS/ADDICTIONS CAREGIVERS — A group for families and friends of people living with mental illness/addictions meets Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. For information call Bruce Bradley Gilbert at 582-2151.

PARENTS OF A CHILD WITH MENTAL ILLNESS — A group for parents of people with mental illness meets the last Tuesday of every month, 6:30-8 p.m. at 324A Springfield St., Agawam. Sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. For more information call 786-9139.



AGING GRACEFULLY — A support group focusing on issues of living fully, aging gracefully and befriending death meets alternate Mondays 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the South Deerfield Senior Center, through February. Participants may attend occasionally or regularly. For more information, contact John Berkowitz at 413-325-4533 or johnpberk@gmail.com.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS — A support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias meets regularly on the first Thursday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at 247 Northampton St., Easthampton. For information call Karen Buscemi at 531-7640.

CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 1 p.m. at the Easthampton Enrichment Center, 19 Union St. Led by Marge Pietras, RN, the group encourages open sharing of experiences and knowledge; the professional expertise of the group leader, and information and referrals made available through the COA’s outreach department are also important resources to the group.

CAREGIVERS — A group offering emotional support, resources and information for caregivers of a spouse, parent or loved one meets Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to noon at Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., Northampton. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service and led by Vivien Weiss. Registration is required. Call 737-2601.

CAREGIVERS — A caregivers support group meets Thursdays from 4-4:50 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. The group helps family and friends understand issues related to caring for loved ones and also taking care of themselves.

CODEPENDENCE — A Codependence Anonymous meeting for adults recovering from codependence and learning to develop healthy relationships meets every Sunday night, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 867 N. Pleasant St., Amherst.

CODEPENDENCY — Codependents Anonymous for men meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Cahill Apartments Community Room, 35 Fruit St., Northampton. CoDA is a 12-step fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is recovery from codependency and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — Safe Passage offers a group for Latina women dealing with domestic violence that meets Thursdays, from noon to 2 p.m. in Northampton. The group also discusses topics including immigration, housing and financial needs. One-on-one counseling is also available. For information, contact Karen Lopez at 586-1125, ext. 13, or email karen@safepass.org.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE — A drop-in support group for those dealing with domestic violence meets on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsored by Safe Passage. For information about this and other groups call 586-1125.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS — Psychotherapy groups with ongoing enrollment for people who want to improve their interpersonal relationships. Group focus can include gaining awareness of the self in relation to others; understanding hopes and fantasies about ideal relationships, and improving skills to overcome social isolation. Two groups are now forming in Northampton include one for women only, Tuesdays 7 to 8:15 p.m.; and one men and women, Wednesdays 5 to 6:15 p.m. Call Ruth Folchman, psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, for more information: (413) 582-6900.

MEN’S GROUPS — The Men’s Resource Center sponsors these facilitated drop-in support group for men: For all men: Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. at North Star, Hadley (corner of Routes 9 and 47); for gay, bisexual, and questioning men: Mondays, 7 to 9 p.m., The Synthesis Center, 274 North Pleasant St., Amherst. For more information, call 253-9887 or email groups@mrcforchange.org or contact Steve Bernstein at mrcdirectorofsupportgroups@hotmail.com.

MILITARY FAMILIES — For information about a nonpartisan, nongovernmental group for family members with loved ones who are now in the military or who have served in the past, call the Veterans Education Project, 409 Main St., Amherst, at 253-4947, or email vetvp@crocker.com.

NAR-ANON — Nar-Anon, a 12-step group for families and friends who have been affected by someone else’s drug use, meets Sundays from 5:30-7 p.m. in Conference Room B at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. For more information call Kathy at 221-1024 or Ariel at 464-4971 or go to www.naranonctma.org.

SEPARATION AND DIVORCE — A support group for those dealing with separation or divorce. No fee. For more information call 584-1753.

STRAIGHT SPOUSES — The Straight Spouse Network, for current and former straight spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender partners, offers confidential networking and a regional monthly support group. Affiliated with the nonprofit Straight Spouse Network, www.straightspouse.org. Free. A help line is available at 625-6636 or email Janenrosie48@yahoo.com.


HEARING — Walter Nowak of the Avada Hearing Care Clinic offers a hearing clinic and hearing aid cleanings for area seniors on the first Wednesday of every other month from 1-3 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free; call 587-1228 for an appointment.

STUTTERING — A support group for people dealing with stuttering meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 15 Brewster Court, Northampton. For information, contact Carla Bernier or Alex Young by email at carla@comtherapy.com or a.young52@hotmail.com, or call 586-1945.

VISION — A low-vision support group meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Transportation provided; no fee. For information call Crystal Cote at 587-1226.

VISION — The Low Vision/Blindness Support Group in Huntington meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Stanton Hall, 22 Russell Road. Transportation available; to arrange in advance call George Webb at 667-3428. For information call George Reichert at 348-9909.

VISION LOSS CAREGIVERS — MAB Community Services offers a support group for caregivers of those with vision loss. The group meets regularly on the last Thursday of the month from 1-2 p.m. at the First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton. Participants will learn about area services and resources, develop techniques to reduce stress and share ideas with others caring for someone with vision loss. Free. For information and to register, call Judy Kennedy at 734-7343, ext. 152.


CLUTTER — Clutterer’s Anonymous 12-step group. Free. Meets every Fridays, 6:30 p.m., at the South Congregational Church,

1066 Southeast St., Amherst. Call Mike at 413-345-5115 or go to

http://www.claeast.org/ for more info.

DEBTORS ANONYMOUS — Area groups for those dealing with credit card debt, overspending or underearning. Meetings are Wednesdays at 7 a.m., 478 Pleasant St., Holyoke; Thursdays at 7 p.m., Florence Community Center, 140 Pine St., Florence, side door entrance; and, for business debtors, Saturdays at 8 a.m. at the Holyoke Medical Center. For more information go to www.danewengland.org or call 617-728-1426.



BLOOD PRESSURE — A walk-in blood pressure clinic for seniors is held on the first Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free. For more information call 587-1228.

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CHRONIC DISEASE — A chronic disease support group meets Mondays from 1-2 p.m. at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St. Free; peer-run.

CANCER — Cancer Connection, 41 Locust St., Northampton, offers a range of support groups for breast cancer, melanoma, ovarian and gynecological cancers; a group for people with advanced cancers, and a group intended for all types of cancer. There are also groups for men and for caregivers. Call 586-1642 for days and times and to register. For more information go to www.cancer-connection.org.

CANCER — A support group for adults with cancer in the Amherst area, offered by Cancer Connection, meets every other Tuesday. It is open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis and meets at the South Congregational Church at midday. Registration is required; call 586-1642. For more information about Cancer Connection go to www.cancer-connection.org.

EPILEPSY — A support group for people with epilepsy and for parents and caregivers of children with epilepsy meets on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon in the Community Room of Lilly Library, Florence. Facilitators are Lynn Daris of Florence and Kolleen Barlow of Russell. For more information contact Barlow at momtomy3gurls@aol.com or Susan Welby at support@efmarinhme.org.

HEART HEALTH — A support group for women with heart disease meets on the third Tuesday of the month at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield from 4:30-6 p.m. in Conference Room A. New members are welcome. The facilitator is Vicky Lynde of Colrain, a heart attack survivor. For more information, contact her at 773-2397.

LUPUS — A support group for people managing pain and fatigue related to lupus meets at the Arthritis Treatment Center, 3377 Main St., Springfield. For dates and times call 860-745-9947.

PARKINSON’S DISEASE — Classes in yoga, relaxation and movement for those with Parkinson’s disease are offered by instructor Donna Brooks on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon at the New Directions Center, Route 9, Hadley. The classes teach fun and accessible movements to support dexterity, strength, balance, walking, vocalization, flexibility, motor control and rapidity. Next series begin June 27. Fee. Call 230-1260 or go to originalbodywisdom.com.

PROSTATE CANCER — Education and support for those in the Hampshire County area who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer is available by appointment and in group discussions. Contact Bill Whitmore of Sunderland, a cancer survivor and support provider, at 665-7741.

STROKE — A group for adult stroke survivors and their families, friends and caregivers meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Conference Room B, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Free; for more information call Laurie Korza at 582-2259.


CELIAC AND GLUTEN-FREE — The Celiac and Gluten-free Support Group of Western Massachusetts meets every other month at Big Y Supermarket, 136 King St., Northampton, in the second-floor conference room. Next meeting Jan 16, 7 p.m. For questions or information, email homsteadhealth@live.com, or call (413) 527-7524.

FOOD ADDICTS — Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous, a 12-step group for people having problems with undereating, overeating, bulimia or food obsession, holds weekly drop-in meetings Sundays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Newman Center on the UMass campus in Amherst, and Wednesdays from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst. No fees or weigh-ins. 259-1433.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS — A group to help people dealing with eating issues meets Mondays at 5:15 p.m. at the South Congregational Church, 1066 South East St., Amherst. For information call 665-8210.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS — Overeating, under-eating, eating compulsively? This group meets Mondays at noon, First Churches, 129 Main St., Northampton.

WEIGHT LOSS — TOPS, an organization with the goal of supporting people in the struggle of weight loss, meets Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Easthampton Community Center, 12 Clark St. First meeting free; open to men, women and children age 7 and older. For more information call Irene at 562-8396 or Doloris at 413-203-1457.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS —12-step group for problems with bulimia, weight issues, and those obsessed with food, weight or dieting. Free; no weigh-ins. For more information call 413-265-3910. Ongoing meetings: Sundays 4 to 5:30 p.m., 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst; Wednesdays 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. 742 Main St. Amherst; Fridays 10 to 11:30 a.m. 98 North Maple St.,Hadley.


ADOPTION — The Easthampton Area Parent Support Group, a parent-run group for foster and adoptive parents, kin and guardians, meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the library at the Treehouse Community Center, Easthampton Meadows (off Park Street). Others personally connected to adoption, including birth parents or adults who were adopted, are welcome. Group leaders are Sue Beebe and Jennifer Delozier. For directions or information call 527-9241 or 320-3207 or email jenn_delozier@charter.net.

BREAST-FEEDING — The LaLeche League of Northampton meets on the first Friday of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Call 586-5627 or contact Rosemary McNaughton at rosemarylll@mac.com.

CHILDREN AND ADDICTION — A support group to help parents deal with the disease of addiction and substance abuse in their children meets Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the first-floor conference room at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, 1233 Main St., Holyoke. For more information call Barbara at 246-0677 or Patti at 534-7237.

EMPTY ARMS SUBSEQUENT CHOICES — A group for families who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss and are now anticipating the arrival of a new baby through pregnancy, adoption or surrogacy meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Contact Carol McMurrich at 529-1610 or email carolmcmurrich@comcast.net for meeting location and time.

GRANDPARENTS — A grandparents support group meets Tuesdays from 9:30-11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center, 121 North Pleasant St. Entrance in rear. Call 256-1145.

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN — A support group for any Easthampton resident raising a grandchild meets on the first Monday of the month from 9:30-11 a.m. in the downstairs conference room of the Easthampton Council on Aging, 19 Union St. 527-6151.

MISCARRIAGE — An Empty Arms support group for women and their partners who have experienced the loss of a baby by miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy meets the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. in Conference Room D at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton. For more information, contact facilitator Kelly Coffey at strongcoffey@gmail.com.

MOTHERHOOD — An ongoing drop-in group to discuss the adjustment to and complexities of motherhood meets Wednesdays from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. at the Amherst Family Center. Free snacks and child care. Call 256-1145.

MOTHER-JOURNEY — A support group for moms with infants up to 5 months old meets Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. at Cradle on the third floor of Thornes Marketplace, Northampton. Facilitated by Beth Fairservis, the group offers support, acceptance and answers to common parenting questions. Free. For information call 341-5282 or go to www.cradlefamily.com.

NEW MOMS — A weekly bilingual postpartum support group where women with baby blues, postpartum stress, anxiety or depression can discuss managing the adjustment to motherhood meets every other Wednesday from 1-2:45 p.m. at Midwifery Care of Holyoke, 230 Maple St. All moms and babies under 1 year of age are welcome. Sponsored by Holyoke Medical Center. For information call at 536-7385.

NEW PARENTS — A group for parents and their newborns up to 4 months old meets Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Childbirth Center Conference Room, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Northampton. Issues addressed include sleepless nights, infant massage, learning your baby’s cues, returning to work and more. Free. 582-2736.

NON-BIRTHING PARTNERS — What About Me?, a discussion group for non-birthing partners, meets on the fourth Monday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Center for Midwifery Care. The group explores issues related to pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period and parenting. Free. For more information contact Kate Bohne at 687-5817 or at katherine_bohne@cooley-dickinson.org.

PARENTING AFTER LOSS — An Empty Arms support group for those who are grieving the loss of a baby while simultaneously caring for living children meets on the second Sunday of the month. Contact facilator Erika Parker at ehenyey@gmail.com for time, location and more information.

PARENT SUPPORT — Building Jewish Identity for Children with Special Needs, a parent support and education group, meets on select Sundays from 10:15-11:30 a.m. at the Jewish Community of Amherst, 742 Main St. New members welcome. The group is facilitated by Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser, a former special education teacher who has a degree in Jewish spiritual direction. Free. For information contact Judy Rosenbloom at 256-0160, ext. 203.

PARENTS TOGETHER — A support group for parents who learn best in nontraditional ways meets in Amherst on Thursdays. We do crafts and games as we make friends and take about parenting. Free, with free child play groups, transportation and refreshments also provided. For information call Kris Larson at 834-3344 or email krislarson@unitedarc.org.

POSTPARTUM — A support group for mothers who are experiencing challenging postpartum meets Fridays from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Community Action Family Center, 90 Federal St., Greenfield. Intended for mothers with babies up to age 1. Discussion topics include the hormonal realities of motherhood; the myth of the good mother; whether depression and anxiety are normal; including self care in your life; and more. Sponsored by The Franklin County Postpartum Coalition. For information or transportation assistance, contact Pam Baldwin at 774-1000, ext. 2015, or Sandy Clark at 475-1566.

MOTHERS IN RECOVERY — A support group for women in recovery mets Monday, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Square One Main Office, 1 Federal St., Building 103, Springfield. Snacks and childcare provided. Call 413-535-1000.

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT — A Circle of Moms meets Tuesday, 10 a.m. to noon, at the MotherWoman office at 220 Russell St., Hadley, and in Greenfield, Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community Action Family Center at 90 Federal St. Groups do not meet in December or during school vacation weeks. Free parking, childcare and snacks. A Free, safe confidential drop-in group for mothers of infants and babies up to one year old who are experience a challenging time. Expectant mothers welcome. Contact Annette Cycon at 413-387-0703, or annette@motherwoman.org.

POSTPARTUM STRESS — A drop-in group for mothers who have infants or toddlers up to age 4 and who are experiencing emotional difficulties meets Tuesdays from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Community Action building, 56 Vernon St., Northampton. Free. For information call 253-8990.

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