At Torrance Memorial, we know there is much more to healing than the diagnoses and treatments that heal our bodies. To help you on the road to wellness, the medical center offers a wide variety of support groups that nurture the mind and spirit. Whether you need information, guidance or simply companionship, you are invited to take advantage of these helpful groups.

Bariatrics

To confirm classes-call Martha Lopez RN at (310) 325-9110 ext. 30022

Bariatric Surgery

  • Meeting: Every 1st Monday of the month (No meeting in September)
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Meeting: Every 4th Tuesday of the month (No meeting in March and December)
  • Time: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Location: Zoom
  • Meeting: Every 4th Monday of the month
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Location: Zoom (No meeting in May, August, and December)

Between Starving and Stuffed

Mindful eating for a healthy weight. This is an online interactive program that teaches skills to live a healthy lifestyle for a healthy weight and other life goals. Presented via Zoom

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Thursday and every 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm
  • Location: Zoom meeting

Post-Operative Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

Support group is led by a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with new topics every month to provide inspiration, encouragement, and helpful tips to keep you on track!

Topics with open discussion can range from navigating day-to-day eating challenges, cooking tips, food demos, patient spotlights, guest speakers, company representatives providing protein and vitamin sample products, and more!

  • Meeting: Every 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Location: Zoom meeting

This class will now be provided virtually using the Zoom platform until further notice. Please e-mail Duong.Le@tmmc.com to register for the class.


Cancer

Women in Treatment

Support is important during your journey. Women with cancer share their stories, vulnerabilities and insights from diagnosis through treatment, in a safe, supportive space. Topics include cultivating emotional resilience, body image and sexuality, talking with loved ones about cancer and caring for ourselves. Groups are facilitated by our Psychosocial Counselor via the online platform Zoom.

  • Meeting: Every Wednesday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

To RSVP or for further information, please contact Brittany Rudinica, LCSW at 310-517-1230.

Women Empowered Cancer Support Group (WE CAN)

For nearly 20 years, this group of women have journeyed through their experiences of cancer and beyond. This group empowers women to face their diagnosis, recurrence or experience as a cancer survivor with resilience and support. Women affected by cancer can gain hope and empowerment, obtain practical information on cancer treatment and community resources, address feelings associated with a cancer diagnosis and life beyond treatment, and learn new ways of coping, communicating and connecting.

  • Meeting: Tuesdays
  • Time: 10 - 11:30 am
  • Location: Zoom Meeting

To RSVP or for further information, please contact Brittany Rudinica, LCSW at 310-517-1230.

Mastectomy/Breast Reconstruction Support Group

For women pre and post mastectomy/breast reconstruction. This support group helps support mastectomy/breast cancer reconstruction patients through sharing stories and getting to know other survivors who had a mastectomy/breast reconstruction. RSVP required. Please call (310) 517-4660.

  • Meeting: 2nd Thursday of the month
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Platform: Zoom

Men's Cancer Support Group

This free group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month. This support group is a gathering of men living with or recovering from any type of cancer. It is a safe environment to ask questions and share concerns and experiences of living with cancer. Facilitated by Reverend Jan Lee.

  • Meeting: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm
  • Platform: Zoom
  • For further information, please contact Reverend Jan Arthur Lee at 310-891-6694 or jan.lee@tmmc.com.

Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

Virtual Head and Neck Cancer Support Group is a safe environment to share your experiences related to diagnoses and learn about available resources. Participants have the opportunity to give and receive support from others navigating this experience. Groups are facilitated by Tom Fox, RN, MSN, CNML, via the online platform Zoom.

  • Meeting: 3rd Thursday of the month
  • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Platform: ZOOM
  • To RSVP, contact Tom Fox, RN, MSN, CNML, at tom.fox@tmmc.com or 310-891-6707 ext. 77258.

Multiple Myeloma Support Group

The Los Angeles Multiple Myeloma Support Group offers patients and their supporters a place to go for shelter and comfort in dealing with myeloma. Our mission is to create and share hope with Myeloma patients, caregivers, family and friends through education, support and our personal experiences. For questions please call Co-Leaders, Ron and Jennie Handy at 310-516-6828.

  • This support group is temporarily on hold.

Caregiver

Caregiver Support Group

This ongoing weekly support group is returning to ZOOM at a new time! Come and experience a safe haven for sharing true feelings about your caregiving experiences. Receive support through the challenges and guidance as to what may lie ahead.

  • Meeting: Every Tuesday
  • Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
  • Platform: ZOOM Meeting

For more information, please call 310-517-4711 or email TorranceMemorialHealthEducation@tmmc.com.


Grief and Bereavement

Support groups afford people the opportunity to meet in a caring and safe environment with other people experiencing grief and loss. Groups provide education on the grief experience following the death of a loved one. We cover common grief reactions, coping strategies and self-care throughout the grief process. We offer the following groups:

  • Loss of Spouse - Adults who have experienced the death of a spouse or partner
  • Loss of Parent - Adults who have experienced the death of a parent
  • Loss of a Child - Adult parents and guardians who have experienced the death of a child, adolescent or adult child
  • Grief Support Group - Adults who have experienced the death of someone close

Groups consist of eight to 10 members and run for six to eight weeks. Each group meets once a week for one and a half hours. The groups are free, and registration is required.

The groups are facilitated by social workers and trained volunteers and overseen by licensed clinical social workers.

To participate and for more information, please contact:
Oliva Licea, MSW - Bereavement Coordinator
(310) 703-3352
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


Other Conditions and Support

Amputee Support Group

Quarterly discussion group to assist in the physical and psychological impact of amputation. 3rd Saturday of month/quarterly 12:00pm - 2:00pm. For more information call, 310-540-3921.

Meditation

Weekly group for practicing meditation, a skill to quiet the mind and help relieve stress. For more information call, 310-517-4701.

Sjogren's Support Group

Group meets quarterly, please call for current schedule. Location: Hoffman Health Conference Center Room 1. For more information, contact Yvonne Hacker at 916-205-1311.


Anonymous Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

Groups meet on Thursdays at 7:00pm; Friday and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Contact Jean Carfagno for more information, 310-784-4879.

For More Information
or additional information about our support groups, call 310-517-4711