Stories for 2016


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TAPS Professionals Help Survivors In Darkest Moments

“Looking forward to future webinars like those that I have been able to attend to get some help in my journey.”

12/27/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Professionals Help Survivors In Darkest Moments

Volunteers supported almost every program within TAPS, from our Good Grief Camps to adult programming to Team TAPS races.

12/26/2016 - TAPS
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Survivors Honored Loved Ones Through Sports

TAPS honored our heroes at baseball games in a dozen cities, hung out in the pits at NASCAR and watched horses soar over jumps.

12/25/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Memories

"Thanks for all your smiles and laughter for those 26 years, Marcus!”

12/24/2016 - Carol Lane
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Peer Mentors are Always By Your Side

TAPS Peer Mentors are dedicated to being a constant source of support to their mentees, showing patience and understanding in all situations.

12/24/2016 - TAPS
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You’re Never Alone with TAPS Community Based Care

TAPS can connect you to available support right in your community — especially at the holidays.

12/23/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Makes Access to Education Benefits Easier

Benefits are available to attend the school of your dreams.

12/22/2016 - TAPS
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Video: ESPN, Carolina Panthers Salute to Service

Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers honor TAPS Survivors.

12/21/2016 - TAPS Media
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Casework Helps Survivors Move Mountains

Sometimes Casework assistance comes in the form of a financial miracle and other times just a helpful nudge in the right direction when you need it most.

12/20/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Magazine Winter 2016

Volume 22, Issue 4

12/20/2016 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Runners Around the World Raise Support for TAPS

From Disney to Alaska, Team TAPS pounded out over 15,000 miles in 2016 to honor our fallen heroes and raise money and awareness for our TAPS families.

12/19/2016 - TAPS
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Survivors Take on New Adventures With Retreats

Survivors pushed themselves to new heights, hope and healing through hiking, swimming with whale sharks, snorkeling, dog sledding, horseback riding and more.

12/19/2016 - TAPS
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Young Survivors Find Hope and Friendship

At TAPS, we want every child who has lost a fallen hero to know they don't have to grow up alone.

12/18/2016 - TAPS
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Forging Ahead: Trails of Possibility

We can honor our heroes and share their stories while blazing a trail of our own.

12/17/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: New Traditions

When a loved one dies, it can be hard to face the upcoming time and keep the same traditions.

12/17/2016 - Carol Lane
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Survivors Find Love and Acceptance at Seminars

TAPS heals hearts, brings hope and lets our families know they aren’t alone.

12/16/2016 - TAPS
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Virtual Connections: Survivors Gather Online

TAPS Online Community fosters special connections among survivors with real-time conversations, message boards and peer-based sharing groups.

12/15/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Returning to Work

These roses are still blooming despite freezing temperatures. Isn’t that what we survivors are doing? We are blooming even through severe trauma..

12/10/2016 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Thankful Thoughts and Holiday Tips

As 2016 comes to a close, it is time for many of us to look at where we are now on our grief journey and what has helped us.

12/3/2016 - Carol Lane
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Webinar: New Traditions and Tips for the Holidays

This webinar provides tools for navigating the holidays after the loss of a loved one.

11/30/2016 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Thankful for TAPS

Because it is Thanksgiving weekend, this message features a list of resources TAPS provides that I am thankful for as a survivor.

11/26/2016 - Carol Lane
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Atlanta Falcons Salute to Service with teams4taps

Event Photos, TAPS Families join Atlanta Falcons for Practice and Game Day

11/26/2016 - TAPS Media
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TAPS is Always Here For You

When your family circle has been broken by death, holidays are a reminder of the empty spot at the table, the hole in your heart.

11/21/2016 - TAPS
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Hope in the Heavens

Like clay on a potter’s wheel, we are continually sculpted into a work of art through our life experiences, including our grief journey.

11/21/2016 - Doug Windley
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Moments Captured Forever: Behind the Lens for TAPS

TAPS is so grateful for Lenzy's service to our country and willingness to share his talent as a photographer to help TAPS tell our story through images.

11/21/2016 - Paige Williams
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Godwinks: Special Gifts From Our Loved Ones

There are small reminders from our loved ones waiting this season to come softly and tap us on the shoulder and say, "I'm still here. I’m still walking with you."

11/21/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Open Your Heart to Healing: Emotional Engagement in Your Own Life

Nine unique ways to change your perspective from one of grief and loss to one of hope and engagement.

11/21/2016 - Emily Munoz
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Tips for Scholarship Season

TAPS Education Support Services is available to help you throughout the college and scholarship application process.

11/21/2016 - Ashlynne Haycock
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Holiday Art Therapy: Practical Activities for Healing

Hold your loved ones close to your heart with rich memories to warm your season. Allow yourself the energy to focus on a few small projects to bring cheer.

11/21/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Solitude and Knowing When to Reach Out

Solitude can offer a time of reflection that allows us to explore our thoughts and synthesize information, provides a time for rest, and can allow for growth.

11/21/2016 - Audri Beugelsdijk
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You’re Not Alone: Connections Across the Seasons

We are a family of survivors sharing this journey together. We are so sorry for what brought you to us but are indeed glad you have found us.

11/21/2016 - Zaneta Gileno
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The Richard Tree: Never Forgotten

But that’s the beauty of the Richard Tree. When people see it for the first time, the ornaments require the telling of moments in our son’s life.

11/21/2016 - Ester Allgower
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Blended Families Bond Over New Holiday Traditions

Creating connection for a blended family builds a strong foundation for the future.

11/21/2016 - August Cabrera
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Letter from TAPS: Will There Be Continuity or Change?

As we grieve, the need for continuity drives us to look beyond the physical body, to embrace love that doesn't stop when life does

11/21/2016 - Emily Munoz
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Holiday Wish List for the Grieving

For some of us, happy and merry and joy are the remotest emotions of our heart during the holiday season. Too many memories. Too many traditions.

11/21/2016 - Jeff Brookshire
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Saturday Morning Message: Changing Anger to Pride

This week we explore strategies on how to turn the anger that comes with grief into more of a focus on the pride for our loved one’s service.

11/19/2016 - Carol Lane
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From Grief to Gratitude

Some days, it feels like a long stretch to be thankful for these seemingly harsh lessons in my life, but it's a necessary part of healing as I turn grief into gratitude.

11/16/2016 - Amy Dozier
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Five Tips for Your Teen’s Grief

There is no right or wrong way for your teen to grieve, but these tips can help keep your teen's mind, body and soul healthy during such a tumultuous period of time.

11/14/2016 - Renee Monczynski
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Carolina Panthers Salute to Service

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11/13/2016 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Winter Songs

Everyone walks a path on their own, but we can share some emotions together. That is what makes us a family.

11/12/2016 - Carol Lane
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United Kingdom All Populations Gathering

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11/9/2016 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Living Life to Fullest

As you read answers from survivors, living life after the loss of a loved one is not easy, but we all take up the challenge in different ways.

11/5/2016 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Holiday Adjustments

Today survivors share helpful tips to get through this season as well as other ideas from TAPS on getting through the holidays while you are grieving.

10/29/2016 - Carol Lane
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Oshkosh Defense Honors Fallen Heroes at Army Ten-Miler

For Oshkosh Defense Army Ten-Miler runners, the weekend experience was about humbly and proudly wearing their hero’s photo on their Team TAPS jersey.

10/29/2016 - TAPS
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Peer Mentoring: The Next Step

Have you ever wondered, “Where do I go from here?” I was there four years ago after my oldest son, Joshua, died by suicide.

10/23/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Move or Stay

This week, there were many replies to the question about moving or staying in the place you shared with your loved one and how you handle going to places that were special if you decide to stay.

10/22/2016 - Carol Lane
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"When Your Soulmate Dies: A Guide to Healing Through Heroic Mourning"

Because the soulmate relationship is by definition built upon a particularly strong attachment, the grief that follows the tearing-apart of that relationship is particularly strong.

10/16/2016 - TAPS
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Connecting Through Experience

The only thing that has been my saving grace is knowing the loss I experienced has given me the unique tools to help others know what they are feeling is normal.

10/16/2016 - Mark Evans
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Dude Ranch All Populations Retreat

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10/16/2016 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Fondest Memories of TAPS Events

Two survivors talk about their experiences at Seminars and one survivor describes her experience at Retreats.

10/15/2016 - Carol Lane
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In the Morning: The Hindsight of Finding Hope

Throughout the next days, weeks and months of initial grief, the pain seemed unending, relentless. Nights dragged on and minutes seemed like hours.

10/12/2016 - Gloria McDaniel
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Saturday Morning Message: Helping Other Survivors

Survivors remember what was supportive and helpful when they were first grieving as well as what they do now when a death happens in their network of family or friends.

10/8/2016 - Carol Lane
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Hawaii Women's Empowerment Retreat

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10/8/2016 - TAPS Media
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Honoring Soldier's Legacy Drives Team TAPS Runner

"I just started crying," Cindy said about learning about Team TAPS for the first time. "I was like 'this is what I need to do."

10/5/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Personal Changes

The seasonal changes of the Earth are similar to the emotions survivors feel after the death of a loved one. We change as we travel through our personal journey.

10/1/2016 - Carol Lane
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Attending Funerals After Loss

Trust your grief skills and allow yourself to breathe in the sacred space where we honor those who are gone too soon from our lives but never our hearts.

10/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Tending the Garden of Grief With Mindfulness Meditation

One of the pitfalls of practicing mindfulness is the myth that you have to have a clear mind to be a "good" mediator.

10/1/2016 - Heather Stang
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Harvesting Hope: The Unexpected Bounty of Grief Work

And so TAPS was born, from a visceral understanding that feeling trapped, alone and emotionally confined is not the end of the journey.

10/1/2016 - Emily Munoz
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The True Meaning of Sacrifice

"This year we wanted something different, something that would honor our military and at the same time perhaps have an impact on our girls."

10/1/2016 - Ron Bevan
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Khobar Towers 20th Anniversary: Then and Now

"Twenty years, in some respects, seems like an eternity, but there are times when it seems like 20 days because our memory of that night is still so clear. "

10/1/2016 - Marie Campbell
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The Journey of Hope Never Ends

I have been able to face my fears daily. They don’t rule my life. I choose to be happy. I choose not to quit. I choose to take a chance.

10/1/2016 - Linda Ambard
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Hands Over Hearts: U.S. Olympians Honor Fallen Heroes

"There is nothing we can do for a survivor to replace the loss, but what we can do is we can work to replace the painful memories with new ones..." Gen. Dempsey

10/1/2016 - Diana Hosford
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In the Kitchen

Our grief created a monster in our kitchen. Someday, we will hopefully find ourselves cooking together and remembering only the happy times spent in that space.

10/1/2016 - Patty Reis
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Transitions: Embracing the Potential

There are people who will step into your life. They will take hold, and they will help you through the turbulence. TAPS has brought many special people into my life: friends who I’ve made through Good Grief Camps, outstanding leaders and mentors.

10/1/2016 - Connor McCracken
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Grief Grappling: Fighting for a New Normal

I might as well understand that I’m in a match where grief is my opponent for life. But my life can still be happy, hopeful and full of love.

10/1/2016 - Sandra Egts
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What to Expect at a Seminar

For many, this is the one place they can be authentic in their grief and feel a deep connection to others.

10/1/2016 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Putting for Hope: Golf Tournaments Raise Mission Awareness

Bonnie Carroll and other TAPS survivors have embraced EOIR into the TAPS family at the golf outing and other events throughout the year.

10/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Colorado Celebrity Classic Benefits TAPS

Proceeds from the Colorado Celebrity Classic events help sponsor vital TAPS programs, events and healing support for families.

10/1/2016 - TAPS
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Sharing Your Story: Healing Through The Media

As long as you aren’t crying so hard that it hinders you from sharing your story, it’s all right to keep going.

10/1/2016 - Kelly Griffith
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Both Sides Now: A true story of love, loss and bold living

Instead, we question our own mortality, fear the loss of others close to us and must come to understand that life is worth living and there is hope in our tomorrow.

10/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Friends of TAPS - New York Life Foundation

Volunteers could be found passing out goody bags, making sure kids were hydrated, leading craft activities, and helping campers off the zip line.

10/1/2016 - TAPS
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Navigating Nationals: How a Rookie Volunteer Made a Lasting Impact

I was inspired by Brandi Burke, a first-time TAPS volunteer who quite literally rolled up the sleeves and went above and beyond for our families.

10/1/2016 - Paige Williams
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National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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9/30/2016 - TAPS Media
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She Let Go — In Her Time

I felt the wind sweep across my face and a warmness in my soul. I knew it was my Brian telling me it was OK — I could let go, live my life and take care of myself.

9/28/2016 - Nicole Crans
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TAPS Magazine Fall 2016

Volume 22, Issue 3

9/21/2016 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Montana Men’s Retreat

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9/14/2016 - TAPS Media
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Anthem Buddies at Washington Nationals Game

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9/8/2016 - TAPS Media
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#HopeHelpHeal Suicide Prevention PSA

This 30-second public service announcement (PSA) serves to raise awareness about suicide and prevention.

9/7/2016 - TAPS Media
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Webinar: Reporting and Messaging on Suicide in the Military

This webinar is in support of National Suicide Prevention Month to raise awareness and the best information on prevention and reporting.

9/6/2016 - TAPS
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Machu Picchu Expedition

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9/1/2016 - TAPS Media
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Honor Your Fallen Hero with the NFL This Football Season

When survivors share stories and photos of sports memories with their loved one, teams4taps works to create opportunities with those teams.

8/21/2016 - TAPS
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Team TAPS with SLAM

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8/17/2016 - TAPS Media
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Appalachian Trail Teen Adventure

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8/13/2016 - TAPS Media
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USAB and TAPS

USA Basketball continued their partnership with the U.S. Military this summer as they teamed up with TAPS.

8/12/2016 - TAPS Media
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Colorado Celebrity Classic – a model for getting ‘er done!

As the family of Sgt. Nick Pansini told the story of his suicide in 2010, the reason for TAPS became crystal clear: We care!

8/11/2016 - Christine Burtt
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The Shining Light in an endless tunnel

Survivor parent, Jonathan Jay Gee, Sr. shares how TAPS has helped him, his family and friends cope with his military son's suicide.

8/10/2016 - Jonathan Jay Gee Sr.
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An Open Letter to Our TAPS Family During Election 2016

We recognize in the past week many across our TAPS Family are feeling the fatigue of political debate and fighting. Our primary mission remains your comfort and care.

8/3/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Joins Letter to Candidates on Honoring Families of the Fallen

To the military and veterans communities, nothing is more sacred or honored than the families of those who are grieving the death of their fallen military hero.

8/1/2016 - TAPS
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Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging

War correspondent and documentarian Sebastian Junger’s latest book deals with the failure of American society to reintegrate American soldiers returning home from combat.

8/1/2016 - Jerry Landrum
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Are You Ready to Be a Peer Mentor

How do you know if you are ready to be invited into another person’s life and walk alongside them in their grief?

8/1/2016 - August Cabrera
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Walk This Way: Therapeutic Walking as Healing

Felicia Marquez-Wong created a grief support program that speaks to those who are looking for an opportunity to talk about their loved ones and some exercise.

8/1/2016 - Lalaine Estella
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Social Media and Bereavement

Social media has forever expanded the way we express sorrow and grief. Online grieving and condolences are part of a standard ritual in the aftermath of tragedy and death.

8/1/2016 - Claire Henline
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Spotlight on Service: Daniel Davenport

It was important to Daniel that he provide a meaningful experience for the grieving child so that they could both grow and support each other throughout the National Good Grief Camp.

8/1/2016 - Paige Williams
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Lifelines of Hope

In the early days of grief, it can seem impossible to find anything that anchors us back to a sense of stability, especially when hope feels to be out of sight or grasp.

8/1/2016 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Stronger Every Day

When you are ready to become newly proud of who you are and how you are living, then it’s time to connect with your Inner Warrior.

8/1/2016 - Emily Munoz
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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: A Brother’s Journey of Love

After losing a sibling, it can be difficult to rebuild because part of you is missing. Read one sibling survivor's story of love and hope and how he copes.

8/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Bonds of Friendship Nurture Healing

Campers and mentors are busy from the moment the National Good Grief Camp starts forming bonds that will last throughout the weekend and beyond.

8/1/2016 - Jonathan Kirkendall
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Safe Zones: Boundaries in Early Grief

And so TAPS was born, from a visceral understanding that feeling trapped, alone and emotionally confined is not the end of the journey.

8/1/2016 - Emily Munoz
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Healing Stories Transcend Cultural Boundaries

TAPS family stories of healing transcend cultural boundaries. We blend our traditions into a shared celebration as we honor the memories of those we loved and lost.

8/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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How Cultural Exposure Changed My Thoughts on Death

The grief journey is not individualistic, but rather to be shared and undergirded by the communal sense of our own mortality.

8/1/2016 - Gloria Horsley
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Excerpt from “Healing Your Grieving Heart After a Military Death”

"By observing nature you begin to sense the harmonious interaction of all the elements and forces of life... ” – Deepak Chopra

8/1/2016 - Bonnie Carroll and Alan Wolfelt
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The Nature of Grief

Our Care Groups are a space to come together for tears, but also for laughter. To sit in silence or to unload a burden. Our groups are big enough for all of that and everything in between.

8/1/2016 - Zaneta Gileno
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Off the Hook: Permission to Heal

I ignored the calls at first. I made sure everyone else in my family was okay first: my mom, my sisters, Tray’s mom, Jaxon. But what about me?

8/1/2016 - Chris Daniel
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The Dirt on Grief Camps

Grief is an individual process. Camp can give us permission to be exactly where we are, at each precise moment, on our very personal grief journey.

8/1/2016 - Molly Pickett and Tina Barrett
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Letter From TAPS: TAPS Offers Space for Healing

Whatever route you choose to take along your grief journey, TAPS will be there offering you care, support and encouragement every step of the way.

8/1/2016 - Carla Stumpf-Patton
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Summer Reading List for Kids

Books can be a helpful way to encourage kids to talk about their own grief.

8/1/2016 - Jonathan Kirkendall
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Where Will You Be on Memorial Day?

TAPS hosts the National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp over Memorial Day weekend. It is a sacred time where we gather as family to share the journey.

8/1/2016 - Jennifer McCollum-Allen
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USA Basketball with teams4taps

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7/29/2016 - TAPS Media
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Grand Teton Kayaking Expedition

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7/22/2016 - TAPS Media
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Support When You Need It

TAPS Peer Mentors are like being fitted with a prosthetic limb after the loss of your own.

7/18/2016 - Misty Blum
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Companioning is about learning from others; it is not about teaching them

Walking with thousands of people in grief has resulted in an “educated heart” that has led to an acceptance of my role as a responsible rebel.

7/18/2016 - Alan Wolfelt
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Wisconsin Womens Retreat

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7/18/2016 - TAPS Media
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Just Love at IslandWood

Adults and kids of fallen heroes find peace and connections at TAPS IslandWood Family Campout.

7/14/2016 - Chelsea Martin
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Phil, I Am So Mad At You

Sometimes in grief, you will get angry at your loved one.  A surviving spouse shares the side of grief we won't always admit - we get mad at our heroes for leaving.

7/8/2016 - Linda Ambard
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Ted Stevens Leadership Award

The 2016 Senator Ted Stevens Leadership Award was presented to surviving daughter Taylor Dudley at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala on March 6.

7/5/2016 - TAPS Media
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Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos by Gill Photography of 2016 Colorado Celebrity Classic

6/25/2016 - TAPS Media
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IslandWood Family Campout

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6/23/2016 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Magazine Summer 2016

Volume 22, Issue 2

6/21/2016 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Running for Dad on Father's Day

With few memories of her father, one surviving daughter is connecting with the man he was and his lasting impact 25 years later and finding ways to honor him on Father's Day with TAPS.

6/19/2016 - Allicia Johnson
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My Dad, My Hero

A surviving daughter reflects on Father's Day on learning to see in herself the love he had for his family.

6/19/2016 - Gabrielle Herman
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Alaska Siblings and Parents Retreat

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6/18/2016 - TAPS Media
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Atlanta Widows Retreat

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6/14/2016 - TAPS Media
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Montana Widows and Sisters Retreat

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6/3/2016 - TAPS Media
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22nd National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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5/30/2016 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Memorial Day Activities

The American flag next to a banner was designed by Anne, mother of Michael, placed in a mall near her home to remind people of Memorial Day’s meaning.

5/21/2016 - Carol Lane
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P.S. I’ve Got a Big Secret

When Linda Ambard's military husband was assassinated she lost hope. Then she met a man who saw her for more than just her story.

5/16/2016 - Linda Ambard
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Saturday Morning Message: Pet Comfort

Military survivors can find pets provide comfort during their time of grieving and as they try to adjust to a life of loss.

5/16/2016 - Carol Lane
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Statement of Kim Ruocco Before the House of Veterans Affairs

Ms. Ruocco provides a comprehensive understanding of suicide prevention and postvention based on both her professional and personal experiences.

5/12/2016 - CSPAN Media
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Dear TAPS

Surviving son Jacob Centeno shares his journey and TAPS experience.

5/10/2016 - TAPS Media
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Mother's Day Thoughts

Mothers' Day for those who've lost both a child and a mother is a unique experience.

5/8/2016 - Carol Lane
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The Final Commute

Cinco de Mayo marks the day of my dad and my last journey, our last playlist, at Arlington National Cemetery. 

5/5/2016 - Claire Henline
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Smoky Mountains Multi-Sport Expedition

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5/4/2016 - TAPS Media
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Webinar: Grief Support for Military Children - A Guide for School Personnel

This webinar is in support of National Suicide Prevention Month to raise awareness and the best information on prevention and reporting.

4/26/2016 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Coping with Lack of Concentration

Lack of concentration is a normal response to a grieving family member and military survivors. Read this article for suggestions on coping strategies.

4/16/2016 - Carol Lane
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Gala Recap 2016

The 2016 TAPS Honor Guard Gala, held on April 6 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

4/15/2016 - TAPS Media
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Facing My Fears on Heartbreak Hill

Marathon 100 can be about surviving the Heartbreak Hill of life and pushing through my fear to take back my life one step at a time.

4/15/2016 - Linda Ambard
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California Whitewater Rafting Expedition

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4/13/2016 - TAPS Media
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Companioning the bereaved is about being still; it is not about frantic movement forward.

Often messages people in grief are given are in opposition to stillness. The paradox for many grievers as they try to move forward, they often lose their way.

4/11/2016 - Alan Wolfelt
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Meet a Mentor: Brittany Johnstone

Each connection between a mentor and a mentee is unique. For Brittany Johnstone, her mentee relationships develop through texting, social media and email.  

4/10/2016 - TAPS
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General Dunford at the Gala

Marine General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivered remarks at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala in Washington, D.C.

4/9/2016 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Honor Guard Gala

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4/6/2016 - TAPS Media
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A Pain That Never Dies

An Army chaplain shares her story of loss and finding hope again after a battle buddy's death by suicide.

4/4/2016 - Melinda Russell
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Spotlight on Service: Emily Hoey

Peer mentors are an important part of the TAPS family. We are grateful for the time they give helping other survivors heal.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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Good Grief Camp Corner

My heart was pounding, and I was running late for the 2 p.m. training I had been told to attend, but not only could I not find the room.

4/1/2016 - Jonathan Kirkendall
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Summer Good Grief Camp Opportunities

Good Grief Campout activities create the perfect backdrop for rituals that honor and remember loved ones.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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Friends of TAPS: DynCorp

Since 2001, DynCorp International has lost 84 teammates while supporting our nation’s foreign policy objectives.

4/1/2016 - TAPS
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Letter From TAPS: We’ve Got You Covered

Winter can be a harsh, bleak expanse of empty days and introspection. We often consider how to face another spring without our loved ones.

4/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Top Resolutions for the Grieving

I lost 150 pounds that came from the deepest folds of my heart and radiated out into every fiber of my mind, body and spirit. What’s left of that weight sits in an urn on the table in my living room. My son Brandon.

4/1/2016 - Paula Stephens
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Create Your Own Finish Line

TAPS families use endurance challenge events to highlight the physical activities that once inspired their fallen heroes.

4/1/2016 - Carol Bazemore
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I’ve Been Everywhere, Man: teams4taps on the road with the NBA

Military families are frequently called to live far from home and look for ways to maintain close connections to those they love and miss.

4/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Memorial Day: A National Debt, A Personal Price

As surviving families, we know we are part of this larger American legacy of grief and loss. How does Memorial Day change for us when the holiday becomes personal?

4/1/2016 - Emily Munoz
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How Are Pain and Love Connected?

The pain you feel when you are in grief is intricately connected to – and intimately tangled up with – the love you felt, and still feel, for the person who died.

4/1/2016 - Franklin Cook
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Re-envisioning Our Resolutions: Grief Requires Grace

Coming from a military family culture where we "walk it off" and "rub some dirt on it," we don't always allow ourselves time to move forward with gentleness.

4/1/2016 - Kelly Griffith
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Grief is Powerful 6 Lessons Learned

My parents survived the Holocaust, so people who had been wrenched through horror and loss raised me.

4/1/2016 - Sherry Amatenstein
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Walking in the Shadow of a Hero

The best way to move forward and honor the memory of a fallen loved one is to remember them. Celebrate the stories that cherish your hero’s life.

4/1/2016 - Bevin Landrum
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Transforming Experience Into Advocacy

Yet, where once we were only trying to find our way in the aftermath, there has been, and continues to be, rebuilding and remodeling.

4/1/2016 - Kim Ruocco and Emily Munoz
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Freedom for All

I come from a family that understands that freedom is a privilege that must be protected, and that love is the deepest blessing.

4/1/2016 - Bonnie Carroll
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TAPS Quick Series - Children's Grief Guide

This guide can help you understand how grief affects children, and offers ways to help children through the grieving process.

3/31/2016 - TAPS
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TAPS Quick Series - Education Support Services

Understand the type of education options and financial support available exclusively to survivors to help smooth the path to higher education.

3/31/2016 - TAPS
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An Easter Angelversary

In loving memory of a dad I can’t remember on his 40th Angelversary.

3/27/2016 - Allicia Johnson
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The Grief Journey and My Adult Children

Navigating loss and grief with your adult children and your new relationship.  

3/22/2016 - Linda Ambard
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2016

Volume 22, Issue 1

3/21/2016 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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Start Imperfectly Right Now

Often, perfect is the enemy of good enough, especially when it comes to our own well-being. Our challenge to you is to start imperfectly right now.

3/20/2016 - TAPS
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The Power of the Media and Messaging

Military survivor and widow, Kim Ruocco, shares how important it is that we send positive messages to today's vets.

3/15/2016 - Kim Ruocco
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Arizona Women's Empowerment Retreat

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3/15/2016 - TAPS Media
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Atlantic Coast Conference Mascot Event with New York Life Foundation

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3/8/2016 - TAPS Media
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The Choice

In a new relationship, a surviving spouse talks about the choice between allowing it to move forward in hope or protecting herself from losing again. 

2/29/2016 - Linda Ambard
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The Value of Coming Together on TAPS Retreat IslandWood

A surviving mom feels renewed after bonding with other mothers of fallen heroes on a TAPS Retreat.

2/23/2016 - Laurie Whitham
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The Power of Connection

A surviving mom talks about finding friendship and healing among her peers on the TAPS Moms Retreat at IslandWood.

2/22/2016 - Bunnie Jacquay
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New Policy Affects Surviving Children with Special Needs

New legislation now allows eligible special need surviving children and adults to have their Survivor Benefit Plan payment made to a Special Needs Trust.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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Deadlines Nearing to Save on College Costs

There are many scholarships available for surviving family members that can help ease the financial burdens of education.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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Reclaim Feelings of Well-being With New TAPS Initiative

TAPS new Health & Wellness Initiative, Inner Warrior, is a multi-dimensional program aimed at empowering survivors to reclaim feelings of wholeness and well-being.

2/21/2016 - TAPS
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Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

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2/18/2016 - TAPS Media
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Why I Run

John Rhoten is a volunteer and Team TAPS Runner who runs to raise awareness for TAPS.

2/16/2016 - John Rhoten
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Birthdays Without Dad

The only birthday she ever spent with her dad was the day she was born.  A daughter shares the impact of her father's absence in her life.

2/13/2016 - Allicia Johnson
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Moving Past The Guilt

She missed her husband's call. Not returning it in time would cause years of guilt, but an important lesson to always let others know how much they mean to you.

2/12/2016 - Linda Ambard
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Get Texts From Your TAPS Family!

TAPS is expanding our mobile messaging capabilities with an exciting new program that allows us to text you important reminders.

2/8/2016 - TAPS
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IslandWood Moms Retreat

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2/4/2016 - TAPS Media
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Be Gentle With Me

An honest dialogue about opening your heart to a relationship again after the death of spouse.

1/27/2016 - Linda Ambard
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Washington Capitals Courage Caps Skate

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1/21/2016 - TAPS Media
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Meet a Mentor: Dana O'Brien

Spotlight on TAPS Peer Mentor, Dana O'Brien, surviving grandfather of CPL Daniel O'Brien.

1/12/2016 - Jennifer Burns
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The Companioning Philosophy of Grief Care: Being Present to Pain

Companioning the bereaved is not about assessing, analyzing, fixing or resolving another’s grief. Instead, it is about being totally present to the mourner.

1/12/2016 - Alan Wolfelt
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Walking Together Through Our Grief

I knew that my “mission” was to get involved with a suicide prevention program and work with soldiers and their family members.

1/12/2016 - Jennifer Burns
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Grand Canyon Hiking Expedition

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1/9/2016 - TAPS Media
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Joint Base Lewis McChord Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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1/8/2016 - TAPS Media
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Afraid To Be Happy

The grief journey crossroads of avoiding pain and risking your heart to find happiness again. 

1/7/2016 - Linda Ambard