Saturday Morning Message: Teachers make a difference

Author: Carol Lane

Good morning,

Teachers can be very motivating especially when they help us discover subjects we find interesting. Survivors wrote this week about those subjects and how they were encouraged by teachers to continue exploring these subjects. 

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One of my favorite subjects is reading. For those who find reading helpful especially during these uncertain times, Lauren, sister of Andrew, a TAPS staff member, told us about a Facebook group TAPS created called the TAPS Bookworm Society for those who love to read. Lauren wrote, “Calling all TAPS book worms! Join our new Facebook group for TAPS family members to share what they are reading with each other. Share books you’ve enjoyed and find inspiration for your next read. We look forward to reading with you online!”

This Sunday is Mothers’ Day. We celebrate all the mothers who are our first teachers.

Carol Lane
Mother of Bryon


Answers from Survivors

Responses from Survivors to last week's question: What is a memory you would like to share of your favorite teacher?

From Robin, mother of Steven: When Steven was learning to read, a retired teacher was volunteering to help the new readers. She had written a few books and had given a few to Steven. He loved them. I came across them not long ago. It brought a smile to my face knowing how much he enjoyed her little books as a child.

From Judy, mother of Christian:  My love of art began in elementary school, but I don't remember the teacher's name. I think it is so important to introduce all the arts to children from an early age. When I was a child, my father would take me to his drum line practice where he led the group for many years. I come from a line of drummers, singers and painters. I do sing and play a little drums and guitar. I have been teaching myself how to paint with acrylics by watching artists on YouTube. I've started with the very basics like how to mix many colors using only the primary colors. I've also had fun painting seashells! I don't know if I have any talent, but it sure is fun trying to create something. I find that spending quiet time with paints or working in the garden help to keep my mind off this pandemic. I also like to think that my son is watching over me and smiling.

From Kelsey, mother of Michael: My favorite teacher was Martha White, an English teacher. She saw talent in my writing long before I did. She encouraged me to never give up. I still have papers with her notes written on them.

If you would like to send a message thanking one or all of those who participated in this week’s Saturday Morning Message, send it to me at and I will make sure your thoughts are passed along to them.


Question for Next Week’s Saturday Morning Message 

Since Memorial Day will be different for many of us this year, it might be helpful to share our plans. This week’s question is: What are you going to do to honor your loved one on this Memorial Day? We look forward to your responses.

The Saturday Morning Message was created so survivors can share questions and read how others respond. I am always looking for questions and songs for future messages. If you would like to send a message thanking one or all of those who participated this week, send it to me and I will make sure it is sent. You never know how your words may touch the heart of another. I encourage you to reply to the Saturday Morning Message by emailing In order to have your reply included the following week, it is best to send your response to me by Tuesday morning. Thank you to everyone responding this week and those who read this message.


♫ Song for the Week

This week’s song is from Leslie, mother of Eugene, who wrote, “There’s not enough to do. I’ve cleaned out my closets and my storage room. I’ve sorted my clothes and my shoes. I put up two long shelves in my closet for extra storage. I practice the piano and read my books and clean and clean and clean some more. I think about my son, Eugene. And then I heard "Dancing in the Sky," sung by Dani and Lizzy and it asked all the questions I have. And there are no answers.”

You can send me favorite songs for this song of the week section at and include a note about why the song is meaningful to you.


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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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