Saturday Morning Message: Thankful for TAPS

Author: Carol Lane

Good Morning,

Because it is Thanksgiving weekend, this Saturday Morning Message features a list of resources TAPS provides that I am thankful for as a survivor. Since a list of all the programs would make this message too long, I've only included some of the programs, but you can learn about all TAPS programs at

National Military Seminar Memorial Day Parade

The picture today is from the TAPS website showing a survivor participating in one of the events at a Seminar. Although we haven't announced the 2017 schedule at this time, visit the TAPS Events Calendar to see the list whenever you would like. Seminars, Good Grief Camps and Retreats are special places that offer the opportunity to connect with other survivors in person. You may want to make plans to attend the 23rd Annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp scheduled May 26 - May 29 in Arlington, Virginia. This Seminar is special as it happens over Memorial Day weekend, so there are many events planned in the D.C. area to which TAPS survivors can attend in addition to the workshops and support groups inside the hotel.

Connecting with others in your local area can be very comforting. TAPS has started Care Groups in several different states. When you go to the TAPS website, you can find the Care Group locations provided by TAPS as well as a list of other resources near you. 

Exercise can be very helpful for survivors. If you want to focus on your overall health and wellness, check out our new Inner Warrior program. Inner Warrior events for 2017 will be announced soon. If you like to run or walk, look at Team TAPS. This program was started by two survivors, Marie Campbell and Lori Hunter. The story of how these two women began the runs and a list of the upcoming events can be found at

The Online Community connects survivors throughout the year right from their own living rooms. There are a variety of Yahoo email groups as well as chats. Some are for specific survivor groups and others are for all survivors. Survivors need to be signed in before they can access the Online Community. To do that, go to the top right of the TAPS website and click on "Online Community" to sign up or log in. This year, new video chats are also available in addition to the text chats. You can always find a list of upcoming chats at the end of the Saturday Morning Message

Another interesting program is teams4taps. This is a way survivors can attend the favorite sports event of their fallen loved one. There are a wide variety of sporting events for survivors. To see pictures of these events and to learn more, go to

The TAPS Resource Library includes many other programs and services for which we are thankful. I hope this special edition of the Saturday Morning Message is helpful to you. We are thankful for all the ways TAPS provides comfort and care to our TAPS family. 



Question for Next Week's Saturday Morning Message 

Next week, the Saturday Morning Message will feature this question: What has made you most thankful on your grief journey?  This question is the same one from last week, and I will publish all responses in the Dec. 3 edition of the message. It could be something in your life or a TAPS program that has made a difference as you walk this path. 

♫  Song for the Week 

My daughter, Bethany, sister of Bryon,  knew there was a section about songs that goes out to survivors each week. She sent me her favorite, which is "I Chase Butterflies" by Alan Pederson.


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Visit the TAPS Online Community Calendar for this week's schedule of text and video chats and other offerings. We have a virtual gathering most days of the week. Whether you want to share your story or just read how other survivors are sharing and coping, this online grief support community is a way for you to develop and strengthen your connections with TAPS.

Other Items and Events of Interest

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Dare to Lead - Cohort 3

Whether you are looking to enhance your resume or just want to pick up a new skill or two, we are excited to offer a third cohort of our popular Dare to Lead series of workshops, beginning on Sunday, November 15. These sessions are open to TAPS Survivors wanting to bring more courage to their workplace, home, community, or school. It is applicable for both formal and informal leaders (all of us), executives, visionaries, and healers across all spectrums.

Central Regional Seminar 

Join us at the Central Regional Seminar on  November 13 to 15 for a time of sharing, hope, and healing. Our seminars are designed to meet you where you are and help you gain coping skills that will help you find meaning and purpose as you move forward on your grief journey. We are working to make arrangements for this event with safety in mind and look forward to being together again. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, TAPS provides all lodging, meals, materials, activities, and T-shirts at no cost to you.

Set Sail with Your TAPS Family! 

This summer, sail with your TAPS Family on the TAPS Alaska Cruise from July 30 to August 10, 2021, through the inside passage to Alaska onboard Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas! While onboard, TAPS will have a variety of programs and activities available for you and we will gather each evening for a TAPS Family dinner. And to give you peace of mind, Royal Caribbean has extended their “Cruise with Confidence” program through the end of November. Anyone who books a cabin under that program will be able to cancel up to 48 hours before sailing (for any reason) and receive 100% future credit.

A Breath of Fresh Air

We want to help you reconnect with nature in simple, yet meaningful ways with monthly themes and weekly activities you can do anywhere. Join us as we navigate the wilds of our natural world and the wilds of your grief. You will have access to downloadable content, videos, and articles each week and a family campfire at the end of each month! Find nature where you live, whether it be in your community or your own backyard. Join in our activities and snap a photo to share with us. Let's join together for a Breath of Fresh Air!

You can discover all the opportunities to connect with your TAPS family on our website at the TAPS Event Calendar.

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About the Saturday Morning Message

The Saturday Morning Message (SMM) is a weekly communication; written and contributed to by survivors. The primary focus of the Saturday Morning Message is to foster peer-based connection for support and encouragement.  It is the goal of this communication to foster a safe, supportive atmosphere where we can openly share in a non-judgmental and caring manner. Read and contribute as you are comfortable, and explore any opinions/ideas shared that are most beneficial to you on your individual journey. Content submitted for inclusion in the Saturday Morning Message is edited for spacing considerations, grammatical corrections and may be used in other TAPS publications.  

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