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Grief Support

Scarborough resident, Patricia Campbell lost her fiancé to prostate cancer in 2001. She spent three months in a haze looking for hope but finding none. Patricia turned to South Portland’s Cancer Community Center, where she attended her first-ever support group.

“I sort of stumbled into this 8-week Bereavement Support Group and found magic. These people understood my pain. They supported me and I supported them in our shared grief.

The safety of the Cancer Community Center taught me how to walk this road without my partner. I went on to become a Buddy to people who have lost a loved one to cancer and I haven’t looked back.”

The Cancer Community Center (CCC) is currently inviting adults who have lost a loved one to cancer to participate in an 8-week Bereavement Support Group meeting Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 pm through Oct. 25th. This group meets at the CCC, 778 Main St (Route 1) in South Portland. The group is open to newcomers on Sept. 13th and Sept. 20th but will be closed thereafter to ensure a feeling of connection and support from others who are grieving. The next Bereavement Group runs Nov. 8th- Jan. 10th.  

“There is hope. This is the best work I’ve ever done,” says Campbell, who now co-facilitates the CCC’s Bereavement group.  

If you think a Bereavement Support Group might be good for you and would like more information, please call the Cancer Community Center at 774-2200 or simply join us on Thursday, Sept. 13th at 6 PM. Come to talk or come to listen. There is no official referral needed or intake process required. All groups are offered at no charge. Visit or call 774-2200 to learn more.

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