Finding Your North Star: Building a Life After Loss

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TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing | Arlington, Virginia
Registration Close Date: March 8, 2019

Held at the TAPS Heaquarters as well as livestreamed, this one-day experiential, highly interactive program, presented by Eileen O'Grady, Jean Johnson and Paul Tschudi, is designed for survivors who feel ready to begin rebuilding their lives after a loss. The event will start by acknowledging the loss, the broken heartedness, and each person’s unique experience with bravery. It will offer ideas on locating and keeping sight of one's North Star and the central importance of pursuing meaning and purpose. 

A framework for human flourishing will be presented with an emphasis on identifying what fully engages us (now or in the past). Concepts on resilience will be explored, as well as setting a direction and action steps based on the insights gained from the workshop. 


Eileen O'Grady
Eileen O'Grady, PhD, RN, NP, PCC

Eileen is an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach and has a practice that includes coaching individuals and speaks all over the U.S. emphasizing the importance of extreme self-care, high-level wellness and how to identify and remedy a life that is out balance. She recently co-authored and edited the textbook, Advanced Practice Nurses: An Integrative Approach 6th ed. (Elsevier) published in 2018.

Jean Johnson
Jean Johnson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Jean is Dean Emerita and Professor at The George Washington University School of Nursing, a school she founded and brought to national prominence. As an Adult Nurse Practitioner and Executive Coach, she believes deeply in the magic and life-changing impact of coaching because it helps us look inward to our strengths and manage to limit our fears.

Paul Tschudi
Paul Tschudi, EdS, MA, LPC

Paul has over 25 years of experience working with people facing grief, loss and life. His interest in end-of-life issues was born out of the experience of serving as a medic in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He is a licensed counselor in D.C., on the faculty at George Washington University, and serves on the advisory boards of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS).

Program Details

This program is designed for survivors who feel ready to begin rebuilding their lives after a loss.

At the conclusion of the event, you will be able to:

  • Acknowledge one’s loss and its meaning.
  • Design a future-oriented North Star plan.
  • Apply the principles of human flourishing to one’s life after a loss.

The workshop will be held at the TAPS Institute and will also be livestreamed. The livestream will include Q&A sessions to provide an opportunity for the virtual audience to ask questions of the presenters. 

Please note: The video camera that livestreams the workshop will be focused on the presenters and not intended to capture attendees.

Continuing education is not available for this program.


Registration Details

Registration is $55 for both the in-person workshop and the livestream. The in-person event includes lunch.

TAPS survivors receive discounted registration for the in-person event and livestream. Email for details. 


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.