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Support Groups

Continuing help when you need it most

Bariatric Support Group

The Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery hosts monthly support group meetings run by experienced healthcare professionals. These meetings address various nutritional and behavioral topics to motivate and promote weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. These groups are limited to patients who have had surgery with the Center for Advanced Bariatric Surgery at HackensackUMC Mountainside.

For more information please call 973-429-6500.

Bereavement Support Group

This support group is designed to address your feelings and concerns as a recently (usually less than one year) bereaved individual. Discussions are led by a HackensackUMC Mountainside Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician in a comfortable, relaxed setting. Topics include the five stage models of loss, the connection between bereavement and mental health issues, and additional ways of supporting the recovery process.

Please call Robin Greenberg, LCSW for details at 973-680-7893.

Cancer Center Support Groups

For more information regarding all Cancer Center support groups please call 973-429-6704.

Living with Cancer Support Group


HackensackUMC Mountainside invites you to join our support group for cancer patients, families and friends. Finding your way through cancer can be a challenging and overwhelming journey. This support group offers a forum to further education, facilitate sharing among peers, and promote positive coping skills to handle the practical and emotional challenges of living with cancer.

     Third Thursday of every month
     10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     Cancer Center Conference Room
     Harries Pavilion at HackensackUMC Mountainside 
     1 Bay Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042

For more information, please contact Regina Hemsey, MPH at 973-429-6098.

Look Good…Feel Better

HackensackUMC Mountainside partners with the American Cancer Society to bring you this free, non-medical, brand-neutral, national public service program created to help individuals with cancer look good, improve self-esteem and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence. This program includes a free consultation with a certified cosmetologist for anyone undergoing treatment for cancer.

     Second Monday of each month
     10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     Cancer Center Conference Room
     Harries Pavilion at HackensackUMC Mountainside 
     1 Bay Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042

Pre-registration is required.

For more information or to register, please contact Regina Hemsey, MPH at 973-429-6098 or directly contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. 

Healing Stitches

Mutual support group for cancer patients to gather weekly to chat, knit or crochet while interacting and creating projects. Families and caregivers are welcome.

     Wednesdays each week
     1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cancer Center.
     2nd Floor Lobby of the Cancer Center
     Harries Pavilion at HackensackUMC Mountainside
     1 Bay Avenue, Montclair NJ 07042

Reiki Volunteer Program

At HackensackUMC Mountainside, Reiki is used as a complementary therapy to conventional medical treatments. Reiki is not a religion, creed, or substitute for conventional medical care. Reiki is a simple method of natural healing, intended to provide a calming experience which invokes the relaxation response.

Private Reiki treatments are available for patients and caregivers of the Cancer Center at HackensackUMC Mountainside. For more information or to schedule a free session, please contact Regina Hemsey, MPH at 973-429-6098.