TAPS to Host Families of America's Fallen Heroes at Colorado Regional Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp
Event to Connect Survivors, Honor their Loved Ones, Provide Hope and Healing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 28, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. - Surviving family members of America's fallen heroes will gather at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Regional Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp, March 31- April 2 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs. At this event, one of five regional seminars to be hosted by TAPS this year, several hundred surviving military family members will come together to share their stories of love and loss, learn ways to cope with grief and find healing in sharing similar experiences as they honor their heroes.
For adults, support and comfort will come from speakers and sessions teaching coping skills, encouraging reflection and providing opportunities for peer connection. For children, the TAPS Good Grief Camp allows an understanding environment, safe opportunities to express complex emotions and the normalizing experience of being around others who have experienced similar losses.
Volunteers and representatives from the Colorado Springs military community will attend the seminar, participating in the Good Grief Camp Zone on Friday night, during the Saturday workshops and the offsite activities on Sunday afternoon, which are focused on forward movement and trying new things. All participants will enjoy a TAPS Family Dinner on Sunday evening.
"Survivor seminars are where the TAPS family provides our core support services to help survivors remember their loved ones, cope with their grief and hope for the future," said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. "The seminars are a safe zone without judgment, where all types of survivors are able to share, connect and care for each other, no matter the circumstances surrounding their loved ones' death."
In addition to this regional seminar, similar events are planned for July 14-17 in Austin, Texas; Sept. 8-11 in Tampa, Fla.; and Nov. 30-Dec. 4 in San Diego, Calif. TAPS will also host its National Military Survivor Seminar in Arlington, Va. May 25-29, and a National Military Suicide Survivor Seminar Oct. 6-9 in Phoenix. Visit the TAPS events page for more information about TAPS survivor seminars and retreats, or to register.
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes and has offered support to more than 70,000 surviving family members of our fallen military and their caregivers since 1994. TAPS provides peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge. For more information go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free TAPS resource and information helpline at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277).