Stories for 2011


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TAPS Magazine Winter 2011

Volume 17, Issue 4

12/21/2011 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Spotlight on Service: Barb Christie

“It didn’t matter what the task was. She just wanted to help, and I could tell it was an offer from the heart.”

12/21/2011 - TAPS
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A Visit to Arlington

I felt tremendous pride to take part in the Wreaths Across America program that places holiday wreaths at Arlington.

12/21/2011 - Pamela Henne
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Books to Help Your Child

When your child faces the death of a loved one, his or her primary support system is profoundly impacted.

12/21/2011 - Andrea Hug
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TAPS Guide to Benefits and Finance

TAPS developed a Quick Series® Guide to Benefits and Finance for those who have experienced a military loss and are looking for financial guidance.

12/21/2011 - Melissa LoFaso
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The Importance of Hope

And as you live in this painful place, you come to learn that you must surrender to your grief, sit in your wound, and make space for your lost self.

12/21/2011 - Alan Wolfelt
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Gold, Commonsense, and Mirth

We’re learning to allow laughter back in, to allow the mirth to meld with the sorrow. It’s the way Michael would have wanted it.

12/21/2011 - Michele Hiester Marcum
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The Holidays Are Here Again

For survivors who have experienced the death of a loved one, the shadow of grief often darkens the weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

12/21/2011 - Jill LaMorie
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Winter Wallowing

Though winter seems to have more than its share of less than wondrous days, occasionally we have an especially down day.

12/21/2011 - Darcie Sims
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A Garden Spade Can Help Heal

The annual story of how a grieving military mom turned her loss into the Memorial Garden Tour fundraiser.

9/21/2011 - Christi Larsen
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TAPS Magazine Fall 2011

Volume 17, Issue 3

9/21/2011 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Tips for Self-Care

In the early months of grieving, it is easy to lose sight of the importance of taking care of yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and socially.

9/21/2011 - Judy Tatelbaum
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Letters from TAPS: From the Youth Program Director

Good Grief Camp is an amazing place where a child or teen knows immediately that he is safe. There is no judgment, just understanding.

9/21/2011 - Heather Campagna
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Dispelling the Misconceptions

Misconceptions about grief are common in our society because we tend not to openly mourn or talk about grief and mourning.

9/21/2011 - Alan Wolfelt
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How Do We Go On Without Him?

Ultimately, we find comfort in knowing Doug fulfilled his life’s purpose by serving God and country, defending and ensuring safety for his loved ones at home.

9/21/2011 - Cindy Surprenant
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Living the Legacy: Small Steps in Speech

Small Steps in Speech assists children with speech and language disorders by funding supplemental therapies and treatments for individuals.

9/21/2011 - Amanda Charney
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Living the Legacy: Let the Good Days Come

“There will be some good days and there will be some bad days. Let the good days come and enjoy them.”

9/21/2011 - Gordon Bolar
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Living the Legacy: Picture the Fallen

One look at the print, and the words just start coming out: hero, American, death, Arlington, sad, amazing, and the list just goes on.

9/21/2011 - Jessica Dumont-Oatman
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Responding to Teen Grief

The essence of working with young people is to create a protected environment where grief can be expressed without judgment.

9/21/2011 - Linda Goldman
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Run and Remember: 2011 Team Long Gray Line

“Running for TAPS was a tremendously rewarding experience for me. The chance to honor Captain Doug DiCenzo and his surviving family was an incredible privilege."

9/21/2011 - TAPS
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Financial Counseling

Making financial decisions after you’ve experienced the death of a loved one can seem like an impossible task and is often far from being a priority.

9/21/2011 - Fran Hackett
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6th Annual TAPS Celebrity Classic

The 6th Annual TAPS Celebrity Classic in Colorado, hosted by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, exceeded expectations both in terms of the fun & dollars raised.

9/21/2011 - Christine Burtt
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Reading of Klinger, A Story of Honor and Hope

On-air radio personality Mike Rosen reads "Klinger: A Story of Honor and Hope" for his listeners and shares the mission of TAPS.

8/17/2011 - 850 AM News Radio
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2011

Volume 17, Issue 2

6/21/2011 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Anniversary Blues

The date is engraved on my heart. It seems so wrong; anniversaries should be for celebrating a joyous occasion, not for acknowledging a death.

6/21/2011 - Betsy Beard
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A Father’s Grief

What’s the first male response to trouble? Get in there and do something right away, of course.

6/21/2011 - Lee Vincent
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Traumatic Grief

Just like the sudden, violent car crash described above, the impact of a traumatic death has been described by survivors as feeling like being broadsided.

6/21/2011 - Jill LaMorie
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Run and Remember: Healthy Kids Fun Run

For the first time, TAPS expanded the Run and Remember Team to include our TAPS children running the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run.

6/21/2011 - Betsy Beard
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The Healing Book

The Healing Book is a hardcover activity and memory book designed for children who have survived the death of someone close.

6/21/2011 - Betsy Beard
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TAPS Casework Assistance

The TAPS casework team is here to help you navigate the daily struggles and get you to a place where you can start to think about healing again.

6/21/2011 - Melissa LoFaso
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Traumatic Grief in Military Children

Read articles on Military Children & Families on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website.

6/21/2011 - TAPS
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TAPS Online Community

TAPS offers ongoing connection through our online community, linking us each and every day for sharing our grief, our challenges, our hopes, and our loved ones.

6/21/2011 - TAPS
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Star Light, Star Bright

Look skyward tonight and find your special star. And instead of embracing the emptiness, cherish the space that love always fills.

6/21/2011 - Darcie Sims
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The Emotional Journey through Grief

When facing separation, loss, or death, we are invariably thrown into a turmoil of mixed and intense emotions.

6/21/2011 - Judy Tatelbaum
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When Someone You Love Completes Suicide

Someone you love has completed suicide. In your heart, you have come to know your deepest pain. To be bereaved literally means to be torn apart.

6/21/2011 - Alan Wolfelt
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Healthy Coping Strategies

No one is prepared to help their children grieve. Tools and conversation-starters have great value in guiding families toward healthy coping strategies.

6/21/2011 - Ellen Sabin
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TAPS Public Service Announcement

TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes

5/23/2011 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2011

Volume 17, Issue 1

3/21/2011 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Adjusting to a New Normal

Maybe it has become normal to feel that bittersweetness brush past my heart occasionally. Maybe we are learning to redefine normal.

3/21/2011 - Darcie Sims
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Forgiveness, a Key to Healing

Working toward forgiveness became a daily process that I remained faithful to because I love: I love my children, I love my husband, and I love my life.

3/21/2011 - Andrea Hug
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Run and Remember: 50-50 Runner

For the last two years George Kraehe has been running all over the place. In fact he has run 14 marathons in 14 states for the TAPS Run and Remember Team.

3/21/2011 - TAPS
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Will Trauma Grief Counseling Help?

You cannot get better in therapy unless you feel emotionally connected to the therapist in a way that makes you feel safe to share your thoughts honestly.

3/21/2011 - Andrea Hug
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The Journey through Grief

Your feelings of loss will not completely disappear, yet they will soften, and the intense pangs of grief will become less frequent.

3/21/2011 - Alan Wolfelt
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The Art of Healing

The Rita Project Exhibition was healing for the creators as well as those who walked by and entered into conversations over the images they observed.

3/21/2011 - Sharon Strouse