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Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors

November 1 st - November 3 rd , 2013
Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, Share the Journey
You are warmly invited to join TAPS for a special program of comfort and support for all those grieving the suicide loss of a loved one who served in the Armed Forces.
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About the Seminar

Join us as we bring together survivors from across the country and leading professionals in the grief and trauma field, to share a weekend of understanding, hope, and love. An atmosphere of care awaits you in a supportive environment.

It is easy to think we are alone in this journey… but at the TAPS National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors, we are not alone. There is always someone to lend an empathetic ear, a supportive shoulder, and the precious gift of time to be there for you; whether to talk or to just sit quietly.

In dealing with struggles of the heart and soul, we seek people and places that can provide solace from the grief that surrounds us. The time we spend with each other and the memories we take home are invaluable to us as we face each new day and take each new step in this most unexpected life.

Come and share our weekend. Whether it is your first visit or you are returning for our annual family reunion, a warm smile, an understanding heart, and open arms await you. Join us as we “Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, and Share the Journey” …together!

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For Adults

Workshops for survivors: Our carefully chosen topics include understanding complicated grief in the military, coping with new family dynamics, special issues facing loved ones when a death occurs, and recognizing post traumatic stress.

Sharing Groups: We offer gentle, supportive discussions that allow you a chance to share with others who are facing similar experiences.

Peer Mentor Training: TAPS will also be conducting a day of Peer Mentor Training for those who are at least 18 months beyond their own loss and are ready to be there for others and offer support. We have a day of training on Friday, November 1, from 9am to 5pm. You will learn more about grief and trauma, gain basic helping skills and become part of our TAPS Peer Mentor Team! All those attending the training must take an online training course  prior to attending classroom training. You can register for the Peer Mentor training as part of the general registration. For more information concerning Peer Mentor training, contact don.lipstein@taps.org

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For Children
The Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors is America’s first established program for children who have lost a parent, sibling or loved one in military service to America. Our youth have a chance to share, heal and have fun in a loving, supportive environment. The Good Grief Camp allows your child to be surrounded by others of their own age who have experienced a similar loss while adults are with other adults. Both the Adult Seminar and the Children’s Good Grief Camp run concurrently. Loving childcare is also offered for those under 4 years old. Throughout the weekend, your child will have a member of the military, serving as a mentor (similar to a “big brother/big sister”) to comfort them and laugh with them…but also to remind them they are still very much a part of the military family and are not forgotten.

Please note: TAPS wishes to protect the mission focus of helping those children and teens that are actively grieving the loss of a loved one in the military. To that effort, we are limiting attendance at our Good Grief Camp to those who have lost someone extremely close to them, like a parent or a sibling, which makes up the vast majority of the group of children. If you feel your child is grieving the loss of someone very close to them and they are not a child or sibling of a deceased service member, please contact Heather Campagna, TAPS National Youth Programs Director to discuss further. You may also contact us via e-mail at heather@taps.org or via phone at 1-800-959-8277.
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