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Child bereavement expert, Heather Campagna, hosts online chat Nov. 15, 6:45pm-8:45pm Eastern Time
Nonprofit distributes tips for helping grieving children cope with the holidays

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 14, 2012

WASHINGTON – Children's Grief Awareness Day, being observed November 15, is designed to help Americans become more aware of the needs of grieving children and the benefits they can find through the support of others. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is participating in National Children’s Grief Awareness Day in several ways:

Online chat - TAPS will host a special chat on its website at www.taps.org from 6:45pm-8:45pm Eastern Time on November 15 offering tips for supporting children who are grieving, with a special emphasis on navigating the holiday season. The chat will be hosted by Heather Campagna, director of TAPS youth programs and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Grieving Children.

Distributing tips for supporting children who are grieving over the holidays – TAPS has posted a number of resources on its website at www.taps.org to help bereaved families over the holiday season – including tips for supporting children who are grieving over the holidays and tips for adults who are grieving. These resources are free and available online for anyone to access, and are helpful for grieving families and caregivers assisting grieving families.

Sharing how we can meet the needs of bereaved children - TAPS founder and president, Bonnie Carroll, writes for Huffington Post about supporting grieving children on National Children’s Grief Awareness Day. Her essay discusses the needs of grieving military children, how effective programs connect grieving children with peers and coping skills, and how to assist bereaved military children.

Sharing personal experiences of military family sacrifice and loss - In Washington, Kim Ruocco, TAPS director of suicide postvention care and the mother of two boys who lost their father who served in the military to suicide, will share her story as part of the Newsweek/Daily Beast Heroes Summit on a panel starting at 12:30pm discussing the sacrifice of military families. The summit will be video-streamed live on www.thedailybeast.com.

Grieving children of our fallen military can find support through TAPS, where they can connect with other children their age who have experienced a similar loss and attend TAPS Good Grief Camp programs.  TAPS offers Good Grief Camp programs throughout the United States and year-round, with its largest annual camp taking place over Memorial Day weekend near Washington, D.C. More than 450 children attended last year’s National TAPS Good Grief Camp.

TAPS staff and experts are also available to talk one-on-one with caregivers who are raising children following the death of a loved one who served in the military and offer tips and support for parenting grieving children anytime by calling our careline or by email.

About TAPS
Since its founding in 1994 by bereaved military families, TAPS has helped more than 35,000 surviving family members and caregivers. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief seminars for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, grief and trauma resources, case work assistance, connections to community-based care and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, to volunteer, donate or get help, go to www.taps.org  or call toll-free at 800.959.TAPS (8277).

Media Contact: Ami Neiberger-Miller, office 202.588.8277, ami@taps.org
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