Contributions for 2009

TAPS Magazine Winter 2009

Volume 15, Issue 4

12/21/2009 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
Gifts, Garlands, and Grief

Find a quiet moment during the sometimes magical but often horrendous season upon us and relax and send out a "I love you" and then BELIEVE.

12/21/2009 - Sandy Goodman
Holiday Healing for the Body, Mind, and Spirit

When we remember that no one’s spirit ever dies, we will feel the light of confidence and direction shift in our souls.

12/21/2009 - Mary Jane Hurley Brant
Supporting Grieving Children During the Holidays

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers the tips to help families supporting a bereaved child over the holidays.

12/21/2009 - Ami Neiberger-Miller
Surviving the Holidays…

I hope you will be able to celebrate the happiness, laughter, and memories that your sibling brought into your life by enjoying this holiday in a new and different way!

12/21/2009 - Heidi Horsley
The Empty Chair

There’s an empty chair in our house and I am not sure what to do with it. It’s been empty a long time.

12/21/2009 - Darcie Sims
TAPS Magazine Fall 2009

Volume 15, Issue 3

9/21/2009 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
TAPS Community Resource Reports for Military Survivors

To help you connect locally, TAPS offers a Community Resource Report: a directory of grief resources and support groups in your local area.

9/21/2009 - Jessica Duane
Suicide Survivor Voice

TAPS carried me through those first years by offering a multitude of support, not only with my complicated grief but with other issues, such as benefits.

9/21/2009 - Kim Ruocco
Run and Remember: Finding Our Stride

By running the marathon for TAPS, we are not only paying tribute to our loved ones, but also raising funds to reach out and help others who will face the pain we have had to endure.

9/21/2009 - Marie Campbell
Boxes in the Attic

Try to keep in mind that saving everything in boxes and footlockers until you die may prevent others from enjoying memories, finding meaning, or honoring your loved one.

9/21/2009 - Betsy Beard
A Change of Season

A new season...a new way of looking at things and of remembering the joy we shared. I don’t want to miss that anymore, so I’ll just start remembering you as you lived.

9/21/2009 - Darcie Sims
When the Bough Breaks

As I move through my grief, I still read When the Bough Breaks at least once a year. I get something new and useful out of it each time; comfort, reassurance and hope.

9/21/2009 - Colleen Betlach
Beyond Tears

This book is about nine mothers who lost children who were teens or young adults. After more than seven years, they put into words their experiences.

9/21/2009 - Colleen Betlach
Gary Morris Celebrity Golf Invitational

“The Cottrells, Gary Morris, and their whole team are angels for TAPS,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS founder and president.

9/21/2009 - Christine Burtt
My Death Wish

My death wish did not come from a desire to stop living. My death wish came from a desire to be with Phil again.

9/21/2009 - Michele Hernandez
Gold Star Lapel Button and Next of Kin Deceased Lapel Button

Betsy Beard clears up the confusion around the Next of Kin and Gold Lapel Buttons awarded to surviving family members.

6/21/2009 - Betsy Beard
TAPS Magazine Summer 2009

Volume 15, Issue 2

6/21/2009 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
Presidential Memorial Certificates

The Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold embossed certificate signed by the current President in memory of any honorably discharged deceased veteran.

6/21/2009 - Betsy Beard
A Breath of Summertime—Anytime

Make the commitment to grow quiet within and listen to the music of yourself. Take one small footstep each day.

6/21/2009 - Darcie Sims
Surviving the Death of a Sibling

Although nothing can take away the sorrow and the sense of unfairness that we feel when our brother or sister dies, T.J. Wray's words convey we are not alone.

6/21/2009 - Beth Anderson
Money Matters

No one is guaranteed tomorrow. But if tomorrow never comes for me, I know that my family will be cared for. I learned from my own story.

6/21/2009 - Terri Starliper
Suicide: The Aftermath

Life will never be exactly the same again for suicide survivors. However, “different,” given time, can be acceptable and will hopefully become a “good” life.

6/21/2009 - Madeline Lambrecht
TAPS Magazine Spring 2009

Volume 15, Issue 1

3/21/2009 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
Stop, Look, Listen

Even though death comes, love never goes away. Grow quiet. Sit a spell and reconnect to the magic, the wonder, and the joy that dwells within.

3/21/2009 - Darcie Sims
Death-Induced Midlife Identity Crisis

If you become discouraged in your efforts to contemplate your future and figure out who you are now, consider getting additional support from TAPS.

3/21/2009 - Betsy Beard
Exercise can Help your Grieving Heart

Each grief journey is different and each of us has to navigate our own way along the path, but a few minutes of walking, running, or even dancing, can help.

3/21/2009 - Jackie Syverson