Our Support Groups

Support Group Meetings for People Coping with Lung Cancer:

We invite you to join us at our monthly Education and Support Meetings for Survivors & Caregivers and /or Education and Support Meetings for Grieving Families & Friends.

ABOH is committed to keeping the lung cancer community safe, therefore our meetings will continue in a virtual format.

Monthly meetings are 90 minutes long. The format includes a 30–45-minute educational presentation led by a professional on that topic, followed by questions and answers and optional sharing and networking. Smaller breakout groups may be offered to provide a more intimate place for personal discussions.

All of our sessions are available for up to 15 attendees at no cost to participants. Please RSVP via email or call/text 952-456-2845 to receive login instructions. Click HERE to download a printable flyer.


Education and Support for Grieving Families & Friends:

As you and your loved ones find your way through grief following a significant loss to lung cancer, we invite you to join others who share your experience and the many challenges of mourning. The ABOH Education and Support Meetings for Grieving Families and Friends provide information and discussion on topics that are useful to those in mourning. The meetings provide an opportunity for adult children, spouses, friends, and extended family to learn new tools for coping, and through the small groups, a chance to share as they feel comfortable with others on a similar journey.

People working through the loss of a loved one to lung cancer are invited to attend meetings free of charge on the first Thursday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Each meeting includes a presentation on a topic important to those experiencing grief. Adult children, spouses, friends, and extended family members are invited to attend. Meetings are hosted through Zoom and can be accessed by phone or computer.

Upcoming Meetings:

  • December 2, 2021: Strategies that Helped Bring Peace to Grieving Caregivers and Family; Panel to exchange experiences and ideas; Shaunequa James, BSW, MSW, LGSW, Program Director, Gilda’s Club Twin Cities
  • January 6, 2022: Self-Care During Grief; Brittany Squillace, MA, LMFT, Licensed Grief Counselor
  • February 3, 2022: Our Loved One’s Belongings: A Psychosocial Conversation; Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC
  • March 3, 2022: Loving Those Who Have Left Us; Presenter TBD

Past Meetings:

  • April 1, 2021: Embracing your grief – with Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC
  • May 6, 2021: Rituals to help stay connected to your loved one – with Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC
  • June 3, 2021: Resilient Coping: Losses, Joy, and Honest Hope – with grief expert, Ted Bowman
  • July 8, 2021: Exercise and Nutrition to ease the grieving process – with Kimberly Duffy, RDN, CNSC, LD | Clinical Dietitian
  • August 5, 2021: Losing, Rediscovering and Holding onto Hope – with Kelly Grosklags, LICSW, BCD, FAAGC
  • Sept. 2, 2021: Living With Loss / Healing With Hope – with grief expert Ted Bowman
  • October 14, 2021: Clearing away items after a death of a loved one without regret – with Jill Freeman, Gentle Transitions
  • November 4, 2021: Navigating the holidays or other special occasions after losing a loved one; presenter Ryan Moravetz with Brighter Days Family Grief Center. Learn more about Brighter Days Family Grief Center HERE

Contact Jill with questions or to RSVP: jill@abreathofhope.org or call/text her at 952-456-2845.


Education and Support for Survivors & Caregivers:

As you and your loved ones find your way through the lung cancer journey, the ABOH survivor and caregiver
group is an excellent resource, not only for the information provided, but also for the camaraderie of spirit.
Survivors who are no longer in treatment are welcome as well.

People living with lung cancer and their primary caregivers are invited to attend meetings free of charge on the
third Monday of each month from 7 – 8:30 p.m. *Meetings are moving to TUESDAYS beginning in January 2022. Meetings are hosted through Zoom and can be accessed by phone or computer. Each meeting begins with a presentation on a topic important to survivors, then moves to chat rooms separated into groups for women, men, and caregivers.

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • December 13, 2021: Living Well with Cancer, for the Whole Family; Ted Bowman, Change & Transition Educator, Author and Consultant
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022: Panel of Hope: Lung Cancer Survivors Share their Stories of Success and Hope; Moderated by Teri Kast, CNS (retired)
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022: Getting the Most from Your Health Insurance Plan During the Cancer Journey; Erin Hartung, Senior Staff Attorney, ICARE Program Manager Cancer Legal Care
  • Tuesday, March 15, 2022: Legal Headaches: Be Your Own Best Advocate; Julie Olmsted, Managing Director, Cancer Legal Care

Past Meetings:

  • April 19, 2021: Survivorship – Michelle O’Brien, DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
  • May 17, 2021: How to express yourself so your family understands how you are feeling – Teri Kast, CNS (retired)
  • June 21, 2021: Exploring the life challenges of your lung cancer diagnosis – Teri Kast, CNS
  • July 19, 2021: Development and direction of lung cancer treatments in 2021 Dr. Naomi Fujioka, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, University of Minnesota
  • August 16, 2021: Lung Cancer and Nutrition, a Different Journey for Everyone. Heidi Ganzer, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at Allina Health Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
  • September 20, 2021: Panel of Hope: Lung Cancer Survivors Share their Stories of Success and Hope; Curt, Gary & Lori: Lung cancer survivors
  • October 18, 2021: Fitness and Exercise During your Lung Cancer Journey for both Patient and Caregiver; Michelle O’Brien, DNP, MSN, AOCNS, APRN-BC
  • November 15, 2021: Finding and Navigating Clinical Trials; Manish R. Patel, D.O., Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Fellowship Program Director, University of Minnesota Medical School

Contact Jill with questions or to RSVP: jill@abreathofhope.org or call/text her at 952-456-2845.


Additional Resources/Groups: A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation supports local lung cancer groups in the Twin Cities and offers information on cancer support groups open to all cancer patients and their families.