A Navy SEAL from 2002 to 2012 transitioning from military to civilian life, I was totally lost as to what to do next with my life.
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Lori Branch’s commitment to volunteerism runs about as deep as her Georgia roots.
Telling our story, whether to educate, vent or simply recall the memory of our loved one, can make us vulnerable. We run the risk of being deeply hurt.
My Good Grief Journal for Kids provides opportunities for expressing grief and opening these difficult conversations between children and adults.
Spiritual teacher Miguel Ruiz promotes healing and transformation through ancient wisdom of the Toltec culture, a people native to Central America.
It’s common for friends and family to reach out in a burst of support in a time of crisis. But then, things go back to “normal” for them.
I realized I needed to honor my son’s life. He was part of a historic elite – men and women who embody sacrifice, loyalty and service to country.
The loss of Jack, and the life he lived, has shaped who I am today, and it continues to shape who I will be.
On the eighth anniversary of Mark’s death, Afghan Ambassador to the United States invited TAPS surviving families to attend a dinner at the embassy.
Grief is one of the most difficult things we can endure. And If we allow it, grief can become all-consuming and even self-destructive.
Mentoring other children who wear the red shirt I once wore and who fill the places I once filled is one of the greatest honors I have ever experienced.
When we are overcome with sadness or grief, it can be difficult to continue the daily climb. How do we move through the grief?
In the throes of what feels like eternal darkness, it can feel so lonely. But it’s comforting to know the love will remain too.
Knowing we are part of a family – albeit one we never wanted to join, but one we are so glad exists – is the foundation of our ability to find purpose.
Christian grew up surrounded by a family rich in both love and food. His grandfather learned to prepare traditional dishes, Pozole became a family tradition.
Just as the demands of grief call us to “show up” when we’d rather not, the tasks of life call us in a similar way.
You deserve to live and love fully again. You deserve to experience meaning for the rest of your days.
In my own life and in the lives of the families that I have met through TAPS, I see a similar thing. I see new beauty rebuilt out of ruins.
Military families know resilience. But, for grade schoolers, when a loved one is lost in the military, there is an incredible amount of trauma.