The following classes, events, programs and support groups are available through the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Classes are held at our Hartford and Avon locations, as well as other Hartford Hospital locations. Some classes are free; others charge a fee, and some allow online registration.

Classes & Events
A Writing Workshop: Picture Stories
    We all have a story we want to tell. In this workshop we’ll use pictures as a framework for our writing activity. After spending some time reflecting on a variety of pictures, we’ll write a story of our choosing. It can be fiction or non-fiction, short or long. This is an incredibly fun way to be creative and express ourselves with words. All materials provided. No writing experience necessary. Come and write your story.
Celebrate Life! The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital’s 26th Annual Celebration of Life for patients, family and friends.
    The Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital invites you to a morning of celebration and inspiration for cancer patients, family and friends.
Change Your Eating, Change Your Life-After Cancer
    It is often difficult to make the transition from a diet lacking in whole foods to a healthy, cancer fighting strategic health plan. This class offers support during the transition, and will help you develop skill power as we explore diet strategies and their influence on enhancing and strengthening the body's innate healing system.
Expressive Art Creativity 1 Day: Workshop for Caregivers
    This FREE one-day workshop will help to redirect your focus and give you insights into what nurtures you during these times.
Healing Vessel: Navigating Wellness with the Written Word
    Words are magical. We use them to say what we are thinking and feeling, to explain and describe our daily experiences, and to greet and acknowledge all those we meet. In this class we will use words that are derived from a timeline we make and we'll have fun writing a short story, letter, or poem
Mandalas: Maps of Mindfulness
    Mandala (circle) allows for safe expression while opening a path of light and energy that, when contemplated, can heal and regenerate the spirit. We will start with an overview of the Mandala, with a short slide show to show some of its history and how various cultures have used the circle. Create your own ‘Map of Mindfulness’ as an agent for transmitting and focusing your creative forces and share the symbols and metaphors that show up for you. No previous art experience necessary. Materials included..
Singing Bowl Meditation
    In a peaceful setting, experience the soothing sounds of Himalayan and Crystal Singing Bowls and float blissfully into a deep meditative sate where the tumultuous stresses of everyday life are cleared, cleansed, and washed away.
SoulCollage for Everyone: The Committee - March to the Beat of Your Own Drum
    Explore those things that inspire us to move forward in the discovery of our inner world.
SoulCollage for Everyone: The Transpersonal Card
    Create a SoulCollage card to explore the images that create a sense of the Universal Spirit in all of us.
SoulCollage® for Everyone:The Companion, Our Animal Totem
    This month we will explore another animal totem that focuses on the energy of our Chakras. A Guided Meditation will awaken our internal energies to focus our attention in this time of new beginnings. Create a SoulCollage® card.
Vision/Gratitude Board and Intention Stick
    Take a moment to think about what you want in your future and what you are grateful for.
Programs
Advanced Prostate Cancer Support Group
    Provides education and support for men in the advanced stages of prostate cancer and their families.
Cancer Screenings
    Free early detection exams offered
CHESS - Support for Cancer Patients
    Education and support for patients with breast cancer or prostate cancer.
Colon Cancer Screening with Colonoscopy
    Colonoscopy Saves Lives. Colonoscopy is now available in Glastonbury.
Connecticut Quitline 1-866-END-HABIT
    Free telephone-based program providing information, counseling, referrals and support.
Mobile Mammography
    New state-of-the-art mammography equipment can now be transported to community organizations to provide screenings
Prostate Cancer Support Group
    Provides education and support for prostate cancer patients and families to understand and deal with this disease.
Smoking Cessation for Cancer Patients and Their Family Members
    Cancer Program sponsored by the Helen & Harry Gray Center.
Stress Management for Cardiac Patients - A 6-Week Group
    Recommended for cardiac patients interested in improving their skills to manage stress and is facilitated by a counselor from Hartford Hospital’s Behavioral Cardiology Program.