Support Groups

At this time, some support groups are meeting in person at the Fearrington Cares (FC) Center, whereas others are available only on Zoom. If the group is meeting at the Center, please follow our COVID safety protocols.

If you would like to practice a Zoom connection, email info@fearringtoncares.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Mondays
10–11 am
FC Center

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is perhaps the most widely known program for overcoming an addiction or chemical dependency. For decades, AA meetings have helped countless men and women begin or continue their pursuit of lifelong recovery. These are closed meetings.

Cancer Support Group

Tuesdays
October 26, November 9 and December 14
1:30 – 3 pm
FC Center

Learn to cope with a cancer diagnosis and share with others in this new support group. Help plan future meetings. This program is open to individuals and their loved ones. Contact Karen Metzguer at 919-542-6877 for more information.

Brainiacs Memory Café
Wednesdays
10–11 am
FC Center

This group is open to anyone who has had a traumatic brain injury, stroke, or similar condition.  

Caregivers Support Group

First and third Wednesdays
1 to 2:30 pm
Zoom links to come from the instructor

Being an effective caregiver requires kindness and selflessness, tolerance, resilience, and loyalty. But the demands of caregiving can sometimes make a 24-hour day seem like a 36-hour day. Those who provide care know that their task can be stressful and frustrating, perhaps putting them at risk for depression or other emotional or physical illnesses. This group offers participants an opportunity to share experiences, vent, find support and comfort, and learn about additional resources in Fearrington Village and the larger community. The group is co-facilitated by Karen and Fred Shectman. Email Karen Shectman to join and for Zoom information.

Living with Chronic Conditions

First and third Thursdays
1 to 2:30 pm
Click on Zoom to join

For the October 7 meeting only, use this Zoom link

A number of resources address chronic pain, but few help with the emotional roller coaster of living with a chronic condition or illness. This group will help you find support and inspiration. The group will discuss the effects of chronic illness on identity and self-concept, how to communicate with others in ways that are healthy, and fears and aspirations for the future.

Living with Loss

Fridays, October 1–November 19
1 to 2:30 pm
FC Center

Living with Loss is a support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one—a spouse, parent, child, family member, or friend. This group is hosted by Judyth and John Branson, residents of Fearrington Village since 2012. Judyth is a psychotherapist, and John is a retired Episcopal priest. Participants talk about both practical issues and feelings and have a chance to speak about their loved ones and all that is good. There are no expectations—this is simply a chance to meet and talk in a group where confidentiality is maintained. Call ahead if you plan to attend.

Parkinson’s Support Group

First and third Tuesdays
1:30 to 3 pm
FC Center

Sign up for email updates with further details. Contact Jan Cope-Kasten at jcopekasten@gmail.com.

One-on-One Counseling

Individual one-hour sessions for short-term grief counseling may be arranged by scheduling an appointment with Karen Metzguer, RN, at the FC Center, 919-542-6877.

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