The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live - and it also changed the way we grieve. Dr. Ken Doka, TAPS Advisory Board member and grief expert, identifies one of these major shifts in his article, Not the Funeral I Wanted. As he explains, we have come to rely on funeral and memorial services for comfort, support, and validation - yet physical distancing protocols have denied bereaved families the therapeutic role of these traditions. If you weren’t able to mourn your military loved one among others who knew them, or share the ritual and ceremony of a military funeral with people who are important to you, our virtual care group can serve as a community for sharing stories and support. Join us in this virtual Care Group - we’ll affirm that we, and the rest of the military family, can fully embrace you, even if it’s with virtual arms.
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About TAPS Care Groups
TAPS Care Groups provide emotional support and camaraderie for military survivors. Lasting relationships can be built on common threads. These local survivor support groups are encouraging and enlightening. Many find they learn new coping skills and stress-relieving strategies by talking to others who can relate.
If there's not a TAPS Care Group in your area and you're interested in finding other local community support you can request a community resource report. If you're interested in starting a TAPS Care Group in your area, the first step is to become a TAPS Peer Mentor. For more information about a TAPS Care Group or becoming a peer mentor, please email email@example.com or call us at 800-959-TAPS (8277).