Stories for 2021

TAPS Family American Flag Book

See the graphics from a commemorative book of 56 American flags flown in the 46th Presidential Inauguration and later presented to TAPS Families.

9/23/2021 - TAPS
Video: From Grief to Peace - Journaling for Life After Loss

Video recording on health benefits and best practices for journaling in this hands on workshop.

9/21/2021 - TAPS
Gold Star Families Remembrance Week Resolution

Event Photos: TAPS joins Senator Warnock & Senator Hyde-Smith to Introduce Gold Star Families Remembrance Week Resolution on Capitol Hill.

9/15/2021 - TAPS Media
Colorado Celebrity Classic

Event Photos and Story of 2021 Colorado Celebrity Classic by Pam Cress

9/11/2021 - TAPS Media
A 9/11 Reflection: TAPS at the Pentagon Family Assistance Center

Those who lost loved ones on September 11 have become the living legacies of American service and sacrifice and forever part of the TAPS family.

9/10/2021 - Bonnie Carroll
14th Annual TAPS Golf Outing hosted by Parsons

Event Photos: TAPS supporters join together in supporting the families of our fallen military members.

9/9/2021 - TAPS Media
A Look Back on 9/11 and TAPS Support

After the loss of his father at the Pentagon on 9/11, surviving son gives back as a Legacy Mentor and Group Leader to TAPS Good Grief Camp youth.

9/6/2021 - Robert Pycior
When You Can’t Hold a Service Right Away

If you’ve been forced to postpone a full ceremony after a death, read these helpful tips for planning a future ceremony and following through.

9/3/2021 - Alan Wolfelt
Montana Men's Retreat

Event Photos: TAPS surviving men enjoy wilderness to refocus, honor our loved ones, and connect with other men who understand in West Creek Ranch.

9/3/2021 - TAPS Media
Working Together in Treating Suicide Loss Trauma

Home Base and TAPS offer specialized trauma treatment combined with peer-based support to those grieving the loss of a military loved one to suicide.

9/1/2021 - Jennifer Keeling
TAPS Survivor Newsletter September 2021

Our nation has seen extreme acts of courage and service within civilian and military communities. We join in the outpouring of support.

9/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: Navigating Conversations Around Personal Loss

Video recording on responding to people whose remarks feel insensitive regarding losing a loved one and how to respond without feeling angry or hurt.

8/31/2021 - TAPS
Choosing Hope: Honoring the Legacies of Our Fallen Heroes

A surviving daughter chooses to focus on hope, honoring our Fallen Heroes, and remembering that there is meaning in the losses of our loved ones.

8/31/2021 - Kelly McHugh-Stewart
Memory Boxes: Grief as a Visual Poem

Making memory boxes helps a surviving mother focus on the joy that person gave her life and can continue to give in the form of memories.

8/27/2021 - Susan Coti
What It Means To Hold Space for Someone

Surviving daughter and author Heather Plett shares lessons learned from a gifted palliative care nurse while caring for her mother at home.

8/20/2021 - Heather Plett
Video: Finding Meaning in Afghanistan

Video recording on perspectives through different experiences. Explore how to honor the life and service our loved ones gave to our great nation.

8/20/2021 - TAPS
Video: Asking for Help When You Are Grieving

Video recording discussion that explores and offers useful exercises and ideas to both ask for and offer support when someone is grieving.

8/17/2021 - TAPS
Southeast Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida.

8/15/2021 - TAPS Media
Knowledge. Connection. Hope. The Journey of a Surviving Spouse and Her Daughters Through Illness Loss

With the support of TAPS, we are heading toward immense discovery to help illness loss survivors heal from the most traumatic events in our lives.

8/13/2021 - Robyn Thomson
Men's Virtual Chat: Healing Alongside Other Surviving Fathers

Share stories of your loved one or simply listen and find healing from other men who have experienced the loss of a loved one who has served in the military.

8/6/2021 - Timothy Jabin
TAPS Survivor Newsletter August 2021

TAPS is grateful to the Senate and House co-sponsors who supported the resolution introducing 'Gold Star Children's Day.’

8/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: Gold Star Children's Day

TAPS is here to celebrate, honor and support all of our nation's military surviving children - the living legacies of American service and sacrifice.

8/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Nature Heals

Nature can be a healer for us. Nature Heals written by Alan Wolfelt explores how to begin integrating it into your grief journey.

7/30/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
Video: Grieving While You Work, Working While You are Grieving

Video recording discussion on re-entry into the work place as a bereaved survivor and what that might look and feel like when trying to establish a routine.

7/27/2021 - TAPS
Western Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Adult and Youth Survivors come together both in-person and virtually in fellowship in Los Angeles, California.

7/25/2021 - TAPS Media
Carry the Load in Honor of our Nation's Fallen Heroes

This Memorial May, TAPS proudly partnered once again with Carry The Load as a national, non-profit partner.

7/23/2021 - TAPS
Alaska Survivor Experience

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

7/23/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: Coping with Sibling Loss

Video recording discussion on the unique aspects and challenges of sibling death and discover ways to find hope living without your brother or sister.

7/20/2021 - TAPS
Donor Spotlight: Dignity Memorial®

Dignity Memorial helps newly bereaved military survivors by providing grief support materials connecting families with the TAPS Survivor Care Team.

7/19/2021 - TAPS
teams4taps at USA Basketball Women's National Team v Australia

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the at USA Basketball Women's National Team v Australia held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

7/16/2021 - TAPS Media
TAPS Magazine Summer 2021

Volume 27, Issue 2

7/15/2021 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
teams4taps at Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Team v USA Basketball Women's National Team

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Women's National Basketball Association All-Star Team v USA Basketball Women's National Team in Las Vegas.

7/14/2021 - TAPS Media
teams4taps at Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Major League Baseball All-Star Game held in Denver, Colorado.

7/12/2021 - TAPS Media
Maryland Family Campout

TAPS surviving families learn to grieve as a family with new tools for the path ahead in Knoxville, Maryland.

7/11/2021 - TAPS Media
teams4taps at Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball game

Event Photos: TAPS Families attended the Washington Nationals Salute to Service Baseball game held in Washington, D.C.

7/3/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: Thinking of you on Independence Day

This 4th of July, we thank you for your loved one's service to this country in defense of the freedoms we celebrate today.

7/2/2021 - TAPS Media
TAPS Survivor Newsletter July 2021

This 4th of July holiday, we remember the statement located on the wall at the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C. "Freedom is Not Free."

7/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Independence Day: "This One’s for You John"

A surviving mother finds a sense of peace and belonging with other Gold Star Families while celebrating the 4th of July without her son.

7/1/2021 - Teresa Cleaver
Returning to Work: Routine Can Help the Healing Process

Returning to work after loss of a loved can be a positive experience if approached with care, knowledge and managed expectations for yourself and your employer.

6/30/2021 - Rachel Kodanaz
Video: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Demystified

Video recording discussion on the aspects of EMDR and why it is recognized as an evidence-based method of treatment for PTSD.

6/29/2021 - TAPS
Incredible Benefits of Gardening

Gardening is much more than a hobby or fun pastime. In fact, there are many proven benefits of gardening that people enjoy.

6/28/2021 - Happy DIY Home
Never Forgotten: teams4taps and NFL Salute to Service

Thirteen NFL teams, our largest amount to date worked alongside teams4taps to celebrate the lives of our Fallen Heroes in 2020.

6/25/2021 - Jessica Harper
A Look at Loneliness

Begin to understand your degree of loneliness and get tips for finding ways past your loneliness with this helpful guide from Dr. Wolfelt.

6/23/2021 - Alan Wolfelt
Video: What Music Teaches Us About Coping with Grief

Video recording discussion on exploring rich entries into our life-stories through music, both literally and metaphorically.

6/22/2021 - TAPS
Video: Shifting Tides - From Caregiver to Survivor

Video recording discussion on the period of transition from caregiving to bereaved as well as ways to cope and support yourself through this process.

6/15/2021 - TAPS
Team TAPS at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic

Event Photos: Team TAPS participated June 5 and 6 at the Armed Forces Cycling Classic to raise money and awareness for TAPS.

6/6/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: TAPS Easing Hardships by Helping Families Who Lost Loved Ones Who Served

Interview with surviving military father, TAPS Peer Mentor and Army Vet on how coming together with other TAPS Families helps ease the pain.

6/1/2021 - TAPS Media
TAPS Survivor Newsletter June 2021

"Winter, spring, summer or fall All you have to do is call. And I'll be there, yes I will. You've got a friend" - Carole King

6/1/2021 - TAPS Media
27th National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos, May 28 - 31, 2021

6/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Videos: 27th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp Highlights

Check out our highlight reels from the 27th Annual National Military Survivor Seminar over Memorial Day Weekend.

6/1/2021 - TAPS Media
TAPS Songs of Love and Remembrance

The Spotify playlist reflects the full spectrum of who we TAPS families are, what we’ve lost and what we’ve become.

6/1/2021 - Andy Weiss
Video: Honoring All Those Who Served and Died This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day TAPS families remember those they love and those they honor.

5/31/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: For TAPS Families Every Day is Memorial Day

Military Surviving spouse Lesliee Ojeda shares her experience as a survivor but also as a counselor helping others heal.

5/28/2021 - TAPS Media
Saturday Morning Message: On Memorial Day and Everyday, TAPS Is Here For You

Together, we are stronger and continue to grow in our grief journey, honoring our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy.

5/22/2021 - TAPS
Video: Grief Leadership - Examples from the Life and Service of Captain America

Video recording discussion on exploring how can we learn about grief leadership from the life and service of the iconic Marvel character, Captain America.

5/20/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Honoring Our Loved Ones On Memorial Day

As we come together to honor our nation's fallen heroes, we pause to reflect on the life they led and the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

5/15/2021 - TAPS
The Gift of Comfort Through Others

Comfort and support for loss can come at unexpected times and in unexpected ways, to include from a receptionist at a dentist office.

5/12/2021 - David Gross
In the Midst of Grief: What We Can Learn From Our Children

After loss, it is still possible to thrive, learn and grow as a result of our experiences. And with TAPS, we thankfully don’t have to do either alone.

5/10/2021 - Amanda Gallagher
A Tribute to My Mom on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, a surviving daughter shares the important role her mom has played in shaping her young adult life both professionally and personally.

5/9/2021 - Cameron Bowman
Saturday Morning Message: Month of the Military Caregiver

May is the Month of the Military Caregiver. During this time, we would like to pause for a moment and acknowledge your sacrifice as a caregiver.

5/8/2021 - Coleen Bowman
Midwest Hidden Gems by Canoe Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS survivors paddle by canoe through the Mark Twain National Forest of the southern Midwest.

5/2/2021 - TAPS Media
Saturday Morning Message: May is a Month of Remembrance

When our loved ones serve, the whole family serves and the TAPS family will pause throughout May to recognize and remember.

5/1/2021 - TAPS
TAPS Survivor Newsletter May 2021

The lives of those who we love and remember and honor are carved into our soul, imprinted on our hearts and woven into the fabric of our nation.

5/1/2021 - TAPS Media
On Memorial Day, We Honor Them

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and solace but I also find joy for having known heroes that selflessly chose to serve a cause greater than themselves.

4/30/2021 - Coleen Bowman
Video: Coping with Special Days—Finding Comfort in Remembering

Video recording discussion on exploring some techniques to help cope with special memories and explore creative ways to commemorate your loved one.

4/27/2021 - TAPS
Reconnecting With Our Military Family After Loss

Surviving spouse shares her family's story of navigating their grief and how they found a way to reconnect to the military community after their loss.

4/26/2021 - Elizabeth Culp Sergent
Grief, Loss and Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and TAPS recognizes the unique ways that grief might be expressed by children and adults on the autism spectrum.

4/25/2021 - Andy McNeil
Saturday Morning Message: Navigating Changes In Our Lives

As flowers bloom, trees take their familiar green shape, and warmer weather greets us, we have an opportunity to explore new growth in ourselves as well.

4/24/2021 - TAPS
Pain Inspired Purpose: Finding Meaning After Suicide Loss

"Though my pain has not been easy, grief is a journey, and it has birthed pain inspired purpose, and God has given me the strength to keep going."

4/23/2021 - Kaylin Jennings-Knight
TAPS Magazine Spring 2021

Volume 27, Issue 1

4/22/2021 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
5 Ways to Reconnect With Nature This Earth Day

As we celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Park week, we invite you to explore how your life intertwines with nature and its impacts on grief.

4/22/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
Video: The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring in a Challenging Time

Video recording discussion on exploring key strategies and skills when working with people confronting grief, loss, trauma, illness and tragedy in all its forms.

4/20/2021 - TAPS
Volunteering as an Act of Healing

For some bereaved, volunteering is a valued component of the healing journey and provides physical and mental health, social and financial benefits.

4/19/2021 - Stephanie Frogge
Mountain Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together in person and virtually in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

4/18/2021 - TAPS Media
Saturday Morning Message: What In Nature Reminds You Most Of Your Loved One?

As we walk together through our grief, let us pause to see the real splendor in nature and ponder ways to serve others while honoring our loved ones.

4/17/2021 - TAPS
Purple Up! For Military Kids and TAPS Legacy Mentors

On this Purple Up! Day, we share stories of service and sacrifice from Legacy Mentors, in their own words.

4/16/2021 - TAPS
Video: Grieving Styles and Family Dynamics: Communicating with Children and Teens

Video recording discussion on how to increase understanding, communicate needs, and support different grieving styles among your family members.

4/13/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: How Do You Relieve Stress?

Navigating our grief journey together and seeing the beauty that surrounds us can refuel us to reach out and connect with others at TAPS.

4/10/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Women Who Have Had Positive Impacts On Our Grief Journey

Is there a female from TAPS or elsewhere in your life that has provided support or been an inspiration to you along your grief journey?

4/3/2021 - TAPS
TAPS Survivor Newsletter April 2021

TAPS events provide support, hope and well being to survivors of all ages. Learn more about our upcoming seminar, virtual events and outdoor expedition.

4/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Up Up and Away! Superheroes and Peer Support

As survivors, we are all superheroes, facing our grief day in and day out. Find your supports and lean in on those who understand.

4/1/2021 - Jennifer Keeling
More Than a Game

Washington Nationals "Families of Valor" program partners with teams4taps to bring hope and healing to TAPS families.

4/1/2021 - Nicole Murray
TAPS Togethers

Event Photos: 2021 TAPS Togethers

3/31/2021 - TAPS Media
Agency Over Agent Orange

A surviving daughter writes about the afflictions from Agent Orange exposure that has impacted so many military veterans including her father.

3/29/2021 - Claire Henline
Saturday Morning Message: How TAPS Has Been Of Support During the Pandemic

Each step of the way our TAPS Family has been there to support us and keep us connected virtually during the pandemic.

3/27/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Our Favorite Memories From TAPS Events

As we begin to slowly emerge from quarantine, many of us may be experiencing a sense of renewal as we venture back into activities and routines.

3/20/2021 - Carol Lane
Video: Coping With Guilt When You're Grieving

Video recording discussion on common ways we can be way too hard on ourselves after a loss, along with tips about how to be kinder to ourselves.

3/16/2021 - TAPS
TAPS Impact Report 2020

TAPS ensures 24/7 emotional support, casework assistance, virtual connection opportunities, and ongoing access to grief and trauma resources.

3/15/2021 - TAPS Impact
Saturday Morning Message: Our Loved Ones' Favorite Musicians or Bands

Often, music can help us express our feelings much easier than through writing or talking.

3/13/2021 - Carol Lane
Saturday Morning Message: Learning About Ourselves After Loss

Read what skills and strengths other survivors have discovered about themselves after their loss.

3/6/2021 - Carol Lane
Videos: A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors - Sowing Seeds

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and we look forward to preparing the ground, planting seeds and growing with you in the journey to blooms.

3/3/2021 - TAPS Media
TAPS Survivor Newsletter March 2021

The TAPS Family is diverse and beautiful. And while we each began our journeys in different ways; our paths have converged at this loving place called TAPS.

3/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together in person and virtually in Dallas Texas.

2/28/2021 - TAPS Media
Saturday Morning Message: Remembering Our Favorite Vacation Spots

This past year, many of us have been left dreaming of vacations. Survivors share their favorite place that they went with their loved ones.

2/27/2021 - Carol Lane
Our Hearts Are With You - TAPS Natural Disaster Response

To our TAPS Family enduring the added stress of natural disasters in an already stressful time, our hearts are with you. You are not alone.

2/24/2021 - TAPS
Video: Understanding the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Video recording discussion on the realities of long term care and caregiving as well as review of federal insurance eligibility and program options for families.

2/23/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Coping With Sudden Grief Emotions

Hear from survivors on how they cope when feelings of grief overcome them, even after a long time has passed since the death of their loved one.

2/20/2021 - Carol Lane
Saturday Morning Message: Cultivating Hobbies and Skills

During this period of quarantine, some have found the additional time to develop new hobbies or skills or have worked hard to enhance old skills.

2/13/2021 - Carol Lane
Video: Wellness Techniques for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Video recording discussion on powerful tools for reducing the components of debilitating stress for improved health and wellness.

2/9/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Fond Sports Memories

Many families share traditions of watching or attending sporting events together. Read about special sports memories survivors had with their loved ones.

2/6/2021 - Carol Lane
TAPS Survivor Newsletter February 2021

The TAPS Family is built on love. It is our foundation, our inspiration, our strength. Let us reflect on love - in all its forms.

2/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Restoring Balance Amid Grief and the Pandemic

Learn how Soft Belly Breathing and Shaking and Dancing can help us feel easier in ourselves and make us feel more comfortable connecting with others.

2/1/2021 - James Gordon
Saturday Morning Message: The Positive Impact of Peer Mentoring

Survivors share about the comfort they have received from peer mentors and how meaningful those relationships have been for them.

1/30/2021 - Carol Lane
An Invitation Of Love

To give and receive love is life’s most grand adventure and deepest valley, a painful darkness and a holy sanctuary.

1/29/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
Video: Mindfulness as Your Superpower

Video recording discussion on how mindfulness can help you navigate loss, improve your health, and cultivate compassion for your grieving heart.

1/28/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Favorite Foods

When friends or loved ones gather, often there is a sharing of food and conversation. Learn some of our survivors' loved ones favorite foods.

1/23/2021 - Carol Lane
National Day of Service at TAPS Headquarters

Event Photos: Volunteers assemble resource kits for TAPS Survivors at TAPS Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

1/18/2021 - TAPS Media
Saturday Morning Message: Loved Ones' Items We Keep Close

Thumbies, dog tags, quilts, shirts and bandannas are some of their loved ones' precious items survivors find comfort in wearing.

1/16/2021 - Carol Lane
Video: "Be Strong" and Other Myths of Grief

Video recording discussion on the six myths about grief, why they are still prevalent, and how we can successfully address them.

1/12/2021 - TAPS
Saturday Morning Message: Finding A Sense Of Accomplishment In The New Year

2020 has been a challenging year for so many in so many ways. Survivors look to 2021 with a fresh perspective, full of hope and seeking joy.

1/9/2021 - Carol Lane
The Threshold Season

Find hope in the winter wilderness with an open heart and mind. Be open to what is and what is to come both in the winter and in our grief.

1/8/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
Videos: A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors - Breathing in the New Year

As we transition into a new year, we will forge new paths together in our hearts and set foot on trails we've yet to see. Together, we will explore the wild.

1/6/2021 - TAPS Media
Creating Space and Rediscovering Ourselves in the New Year

As we go into the new year after 2020, perhaps this year we choose to give ourselves the grace of making space to see what our internal voice has to teach us.

1/4/2021 - Erin Jacobson
TAPS Survivor Newsletter January 2021

This has been an incredibly difficult year, but it is a year that has also given us gifts. We recognized that we are a family and we are stronger together.

1/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Video: January Survivor Newsletter Message from Bonnie Carroll

TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll sends a message of warmth and care to all military survivors as we begin the New Year.

1/1/2021 - TAPS Media
Finding Hope in 2021

We are stronger together. Don't go it alone. Find encouragement with a TAPS Peer Mentor and keep hope alive in 2021.

1/1/2021 - Audri Beugelsdijk