Stories for 2020


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Love Never Dies

Anna Steg's fiancé was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2019, 6 months before their wedding date. Her support system has helped her through this time.

4/5/2020 - Anna Steg
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Saturday Morning Message: Making a positive difference during a difficult time

Read positive things to do to help with the feelings of isolation you may have from being away from your normal social routine.

4/4/2020 - Carol Lane
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2020

Volume 26, Issue 1

4/3/2020 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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TAPS Talks Video: Go Outdoors! The Healing Power of Nature

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection shares ideas for exploring beneficial outdoor activities and how it can boost your mood and relieve stress.

4/3/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Helping Kids Feel More Secure in Uncertain Times

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection shares ideas that will help us as we help our kids with their anxiety, stress, and uncertainty.

4/2/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Grieving as a Grandparent

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection discusses the concerns faced by grieving grandparents and ways to find meaning in the loss.

4/1/2020 - TAPS
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April is Month of the Military Child

Young military survivors have a safe space at TAPS, where they can explore their grief and embrace healing, camaraderie, mentorship, and laughter.

4/1/2020 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Talks Video: Coping with Hurtful Comments

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Paul Metzler discusses how someone who is grieving can to respond to hurtful comments.

3/31/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Trust and Laughter During a Crisis

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Frank Campbell shares ideas about how to incorporate trust and humor in challenging times.

3/30/2020 - TAPS
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Survivors Fill Community Need for Face Masks

How one TAPS family deals with COVID-19 by giving back and sewing face masks for their community.

3/29/2020 - Susie Ristau
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TAPS Talks Video: Managing Substance Use during this Challenging Time

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Franklin Cook addresses stress and substance use, whether for yourself or for a loved one.

3/29/2020 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Gotcha! Survivors share the pranks their loved ones pulled off

April Fools’ Day is coming up! Read survivor stories about their loved ones’ sense of humor.

3/28/2020 - Carol Lane
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The Game of Life

Dr. Joel Fish and Bob Delaney share how life lessons of sports can be applied to help control feelings of anxiety and fear during this coronavirus pandemic.

3/28/2020 - Joel Fish and Bob Delaney
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TAPS Talks Video: Managing Work and Family Under the Same Roof

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Rachel Kodanaz offers creative activities that families can do to get through this challenging time.

3/28/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Strategies for Coping When You are Feeling Isolated

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Dale Larson shares ways to cope with feelings of loneliness.

3/27/2020 - TAPS
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This Pandemic of Grief

Dr. Alan Wolfelt shares what this pandemic of grief is and how to help yourself and others emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

3/26/2020 - Alan Wolfelt
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TAPS Talks Video: Catching some Zzz’s – Finding Rest when Stressed

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection with Heather Stang discusses helpful ideas and tips to promote better sleep.

3/26/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: The Power of Perspective - Choosing Gratitude

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection explores the importance of gratitude and methods to incorporate it within our daily lives.

3/25/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Too Close for Comfort - Mental Health and Wellness During Changing Family Dynamics

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection is about how to maintain mental health and wellness during changes in the family dynamics.

3/24/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Strategies for Healthy Eating

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection is about setting healthy and realistic goals, planning meals, and tying it all together in the kitchen.

3/23/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: The Smart thing and the Right thing are usually the Same thing

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection explores explores strategies for navigating today's world.

3/22/2020 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: The Power of Music to Heal

Survivors share favorite songs and how music can help us and enable us to tell others about our loved ones.

3/21/2020 - Carol Lane
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TAPS Talks Video: Living the Lessons of Grief in Uncertain Times

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection explores whether lessons learned from grief can provide us confidence and calm now.

3/21/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Finding Hope in the Midst of Loss

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection looks at how we can effectively cope with the range of emotions that may occur during stressful times.

3/20/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Meditation and Self-Care for Stressful Times

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection discusses meditation techniques to apply during a regular meditation practice, or in real life situations.

3/19/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Talks Video: Coping with Grief in Uncertain Times

This video recording of the TAPS Talks connection discusses how current conditions may complicate the grief of persons currently experiencing loss.

3/18/2020 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Thoughts on Napping

Learn ways to get more rest when your sleep is broken following the loss of a loved one.

3/14/2020 - Carol Lane
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TAPS and Outward Bound Backpacking Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors learn to trust their guides, their gear, their team and their-selves backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore.

3/12/2020 - TAPS Media
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Video: Love After Loss (for Men)

This video recording discusses how surviving male spouses can find ways to honor their spouse or partner who has died while choosing to love again.

3/10/2020 - TAPS
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Alaska Survivor Experience

Event Photos: TAPS Survivors move beyond your comfort zone with the support of others who understand in Anchorage, Alaska.

3/8/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Easing Anxiety and Stress

Stress and anxiety are emotions felt by grieving people. Get ideas on what brings comfort when these emotions appear.

3/7/2020 - Carol Lane
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Video: Love After Loss (for Women)

This video recording discusses how surviving female spouses can find ways to honor their spouse or partner who has died while choosing to love again.

3/5/2020 - TAPS
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Stars4TAPS Miranda Lambert Meet & Greet

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Miranda Lambert Meet & Greet in Denver, Colorado.

3/2/2020 - TAPS Media
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Savannah Women's Empowerment Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS women take steps toward transforming their life in Savannah, Georgia .

3/1/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Practicing Self Care

Often while grieving we care for others in our circle, but it is really important to take a bit of time each day to do something we enjoy.

2/29/2020 - Carol Lane
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TAPS Military Mentor of the Year 2020: Melissa Simpson

Melissa will be presented with the Military Mentor of the Year at the TAPS Honor Guard Gala in Washington, D.C. on March 18.

2/28/2020 - TAPS
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The Benefits of Walking Outside

A walk outside is a relatively simple thing to do that offers so many benefits to the mind, body, and spirit.

2/27/2020 - Tony Paz
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Tom and Sharon Chisholm Fundraiser

Event Photos: TAPS fundraiser held in Jupiter, Florida by hosts Tom and Sharon Chisholm

2/27/2020 - TAPS Media
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Video: Supporting Bereaved Children with Autism

This video recording of the webinar shares resources and information to help support children with autism who are facing grief and loss.

2/25/2020 - TAPS
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Stars4TAPS SEAL Team Premiere in Los Angeles

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the SEAL Team Premiere in Los Angeles, California.

2/25/2020 - TAPS Media
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Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Adult and Youth Survivors come together in fellowship in Dallas Texas.

2/23/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Tokens Left at the Cemetery

When survivors go to the cemetery to spend time, they bring items that are meaningful to their loved one and themselves.

2/22/2020 - Carol Lane
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Video: Who Am I Now? Life After Caregiving Ends

This video recording of the webinar looks at how we can effectively cope with the range of emotions that may occur when caregiving has ended.

2/18/2020 - TAPS
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TAPS Love Lives On Listening Party

Event Photos: Military families from TAPS received the opportunity to hear songs from the upcoming album entitled, Love Lives On for the first time ever.

2/17/2020 - TAPS Media
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teams4taps New Jersey Devils Squad 21 Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the New Jersey Devils Squad 21 Game in Newark, New Jersey.

2/16/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Events that have the Power to Heal

No matter which TAPS event you choose to attend, the support you will find is comforting, as you will read in the responses survivors share this week.

2/15/2020 - Carol Lane
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Years After Valentine's Loss, the Blessings of Love Remain

Survivor Ellen Andrews shares her healing journey on the 25th anniversary of losing her fiancé on Valentine's Day in 1995.

2/12/2020 - Ellen Andrews
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Video: Grief River - A Nature-Inspired Map for Understanding Grief and Loss

This video recording of the workshop looks at how to navigate our way through the waves of grief with the agility of a seasoned kayaker.

2/11/2020 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Hobbies that Heal

Did your loved one have a favorite hobby or collection that he or she found relaxing?

2/8/2020 - Carol Lane
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teams4taps Washington Capitals Game in LiUNA Suite

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Washington Capitals Game in LiUNA Suite in Washington, D.C.

2/8/2020 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Elimination of Widows Tax Congressional Reception

Event Photos: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Members of Congress attend a reception to celebrate the elimination of the Widows Tax.

2/5/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Food has the power to heal

What is one dish you ate that brought you comfort in the early stages of your loss?

2/1/2020 - Carol Lane
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Video: You, Mr, Us: Supporting Couples after the Death of a Child

This video recording of the workshop myths and realities of relationship strife after the loss of a child and tools to honor and reconnect.

1/28/2020 - TAPS
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Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the NFL Pro Bowl Military Weekend in Orlando, Florida.

1/27/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Funny Moments

What is one of the funniest things your loved one did?

1/25/2020 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Our Loved One's Thoughts

What do you think your loved one would say to you today?

1/18/2020 - Carol Lane
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TAPS Western Caribbean Reunion Cruise

Event Photos: Survivors set sail together in fellowship on a cruise to the Caribbean.

1/18/2020 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Resolutions for the New Year

Survivor's share their resolutions for hope and healing for the coming year.

1/11/2020 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Small Treasures Part 2

Would you share a special item of your loved one that will help us get to know that person better?

1/4/2020 - Carol Lane
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The Trauma-Healing Diet

Learn which foods are best for you, why they are good, and how they either enhance or hinder your healing from trauma.

1/1/2020 - James Gordon