National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Schedule


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Whether you recently lost your hero, have lived many years without them or are somewhere in between, the TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar is designed to meet you where you are in your grief journey.

We're bringing together peer professionals, subject matter experts, mental health clinicians, and TAPS Peer Mentors and volunteers to provide you with opportunities to grow and heal.

Our TAPS Seminar faculty members are leaders in the field of grief and loss, suicide, traumatic loss and bereavement and will facilitate a rich learning environment to help you gain coping skills and tools to continue your loved one’s legacy. 

 

SEMINAR SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Please note: The times listed below are tentative and subject to change. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

All day

Resource Village and TAPS Store Open

11 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Family Check In and Registration

5:30 p.m.

Good Grief Camp ZONE

5:30 p.m.

Roadmap Planning

 

Friday, May 24, 2019

All day

Resource Village and TAPS Store Open
Shuttles to Arlington Cemetery
Artful Grief Studio

7- 9 a.m.

Family Check In and Registration

10 a.m.

Good Grief Camp Opening Ceremony

11 a.m.

National Seminar Opening Ceremony

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m.

Adult Buffet Lunch

1:45 p.m.

Adult Workshops and Sharing Groups 

5 p.m.

Family Buffet Dinner

Evening

Choice of Activities
(Special Event Sign Up Supplemental Form Required)
Evening Parade at Marine Barracks 
Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Bus Tour of the Monuments

Late Night

12-Step Recovery Meeting
LGBTQ Sharing Group

 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

All day

Resource Village and TAPS Store Open
Shuttles to Arlington Cemetery
Artful Grief Studio

6:30 a.m.

Family Buffet Breakfast

10:45 a.m.

Adult Workshops and Sharing Groups

12:30 p.m.

Adult Buffet Lunch

1:30 p.m.

Adult Workshops and Sharing Groups 

6 p.m.

TAPS Grand Banquet

Late Night

12-Step Recovery Meeting
LGBTQ Sharing Group

 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

All day

Resource Village by Appointment
TAPS Pop Up Store Open
Shuttles to Arlington Cemetery
Artful Grief Studio

6:30 a.m.

Family Buffet Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Good Grief Camp: Group Activities

9 a.m.

Adult Workshops and Sharing Groups 

12:30 p.m.

Adult Buffet Luncheon

2 p.m.

Adult Workshops and Sharing Groups

3:30 p.m.

Roadmap Planning One-to-One - The Journey Ahead

5 p.m.

TAPS Family BBQ

Late Night

12-Step Recovery Meeting
LGBTQ Sharing Group

 

Monday, May 27, 2019

 

TAPS Pop Up Store Open

6:30 a.m.

Family Buffet Breakfast

7:30 a.m.

Depart for Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Service
Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Service and Wreath
Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
(Special Event Sign Up Supplemental Form Required

Buses will begin the return to the Crystal Gateway Marriott immediately after the ceremony. The last bus will leave Arlington National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Depart for National Memorial Day Parade 
National Memorial Day Parade
featuring TAPS Float
(Special Event Sign Up Supplemental Form Required

National Memorial Day Parade begin at 7th Street and ends at 19th Street. Buses will leave after the Parade concludes.

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Choice of Activities

To sign up for the activities listed below, complete the optional Special Event Sign Up supplemental form that is a part of your National Seminar and Camp registration (select Already Registered if applicable and login to access the supplemental form using enter your confirmation number and email).

 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Evening Parade at Marine Barracks - Space is limited; you will be notified by May 10, 2019 if we cannot accommodate your request.
All our TAPS families are invited to request attendance at the U.S. Marine Corps Evening Parade. Buses will depart at 6:15 p.m. for those attending and return to the hotel by 10:00 p.m.

Washington Nationals Baseball Game -  Space is limited; you will be notified by May 10, 2019 if we cannot accommodate your request.

Bus Tour of the Monuments - Space is not limited for this event.
Bus schedules will be announced closer to the event.

 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony and Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - Space is not limited for this event.
All TAPS families are welcome at the Arlington Cemetery Ceremony. Buses will load at 7:30 a.m. and begin the return to the Crystal Gateway Marriott immediately after the ceremony. The last bus will leave Arlington National Cemetery at 2 p.m.

National Memorial Day Parade (walking) - Space is limited; you will be notified by May 10, 2019 if we cannot accommodate your request.
TAPS Families are invited to request attendance at the National Memorial Day Parade featuring TAPS Float. Buses will depart at 12:15 p.m. for those attending and return to the hotel by 4 p.m. Be aware this opportunity will be a one of a kind experiences as you march down Constitution Avenue carrying a photo of your hero. However, it involves a lot of walking – about 20 city blocks – and the parade will go on rain or shine. You will not be able to attend the ceremony at Arlington Cemetery if you join the Parade group.

National Memorial Day Parade (viewing) - Space is limited; you will be notified by May 10, 2019 if we cannot accommodate your request.
TAPS Families are invited to request attendance to watch the National Memorial Day Parade featuring our TAPS Float from reserved seats along the parade route. Buses will depart at 12:15 p.m. for those attending and return to the hotel by 4 p.m. Be aware this opportunity will require some walking back and forth to the TAPS buses and the parade will go on rain or shine. You will not be able to attend the ceremony at Arlington Cemetery if you join the Parade group.

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