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I hope we can all join together to better understand the mystery of suicide and offer support to those left behind.” – Kim Ruocco, TAPS Spouse

In the aftermath of a death by suicide, there may be confusion and questions circling in your mind. What if? Why? What could I have done? These are questions often asked by people who experience the death of a loved one, but they take on expanded meaning to people facing grief when their loved ones have died by suicide. You are not alone. TAPS is here to walk alongside you and offer comfort and help. Suicide survivors are welcome at all TAPS events for families of our fallen. There is a special suicide loss chat each month and we hold an annual gathering for suicide survivors in the fall.

Our Stories: Suicide
2010 Suicide Seminar  

The Art of Healing
By Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR

TAPS Magazine | I lay in bed with my eyes closed this Monday morning, this ninth anniversary of my daughter Kristin’s death. She ended her life on October 11, 2001. She was just 17 years old, a freshman at Parsons School of Design in New York City, with dreams of being a fashion designer. She succumbed to a misdiagnosed bi-polar illness, an illness that reared its head in January of her senior year, an illness we did not understand, an illness that destroyed all of us. My mind drifted over the past nine anniversaries. I remembered the initial shock and numbness, the emptiness, the tears, and my pain-filled body. I remembered my depression and anger and shame and regret. I remembered the full range of emotions that moved through me and noticed that today there was sadness and there was joy. Sadness and joy rested comfortably in my heart together as I opened my eyes to a beautiful clear day, just like the one nine years ago. I had come a long way.  
Picture of Tommy and Joe  
TAPS Blog | Today on the TAPS Blog, surviving father Bob Bagosy shares about the marriage of his younger son David and how the family ensured Tommy would be a part of the special day. Bob also writes about his father and his service to our country and the honorable tribute he was given by fellow Marines at his funeral. 
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TAPS Event | 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. Come honor your hero and share his or her life, memory and service with others who have lost a loved one to suicide.
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