Support Groups

Living Journeys offers emotional support for patients, caregivers, and the bereaved.  Free support groups, facilitated by a licensed professional; private therapy grants; and referrals are all available to Gunnison Valley residents.  We want to ensure that no one has to go through cancer alone.

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Free Support Groups

Patients: Cultivating Hope

Living Journeys provides free, safe, and confidential support groups for individuals who’ve received a cancer diagnosis. The group is a supportive and healing environment where open discussion concerning cancer-related topics can happen.  You can opt-in for cancer support group meeting reminders.

Caregivers: Conscious Caregivers

This group is for caregivers — anyone who is taking care of someone and is looking for ways to cope and thrive through this chapter. The care need not be cancer-related, this group is open to all.  You can opt-in for conscious caregiver support group meeting reminders.

The Living Journeys Youth Group serves Gunnison county middle and high school students whose families are dealing with cancer.  This group meets on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and meetings are facilitated by a licensed therapist.

We also offer a Kid’s Group for elementary-aged children.  This group also meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, sometimes joining the LJYG.

Bereaved: Navigating Grief & Loss

The Living Journeys Bereavement Group is open to anyone who has lost a loved one. This group is a supportive and healing environment where open discussion concerning bereavement-related topics can happen. 

This group is not limited to those who’ve experienced loss because of cancer; anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend.  You can opt-in for bereavement support group meeting reminders.

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I have witnessed a good support group provide a much-needed lifeline, a place to share feelings confidentially, make new friends, and learn from others who have walked a similar path.  When people with a common purpose and shared life experience come together they are less likely to feel alone, negative, depressed, anxious and symptoms of loneliness and fatigue melt away, if only for an hour.

Laura Scales, Marriage and Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
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The Living Journeys Youth Group was so helpful for me when my mom was diagnosed and eventually passed away from breast cancer. There isn’t anything quite like knowing you have a group of people that you can turn to who will immediately understand what you’re going through, simply because they’ve been in a similar situation.

Both cancer and death are really stigmatized subjects that most people have a hard time talking about, so one thing I’ve really appreciated has been having a place where talking about death is met with both support and a good dose of morbid humor. Losing a parent young can feel really isolating at times and I’m really grateful for the community Living Journeys has fostered so that no one who has been affected by cancer has to process it alone.

Lily Fessendern
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