Families of America’s Fallen Military Heroes to Connect at TAPS Boston Widows’ Retreat

Surviving spouses, fiancées and significant others who have lost a loved one in the military gather to honor their fallen heroes, find hope and support


ARLINGTON, Va. – The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) will welcome women grieving the loss of a spouse, fiancée or significant other in the military to its Boston Widows’ Retreat Sept. 20-24.

The five-day event will be filled with healing activities and will offer attendees the opportunity to honor their loved one, connect with peers and provide them with tools to cope with their grief.

“The TAPS Boston Widows’ Retreat will allow surviving spouses, fiancées and significant others to come together and participate in activities that encourage connection and help them find comfort and support,” said TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll. “Grief is an extraordinarily complex and difficult journey, but no one has to walk the road alone.”

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).



OPPORTUNITIES:    Thursday Sept. 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Community Rowing, and
                              Friday Sept 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Btone Fitness -- Interview surviving
                              wives and fiancées as they make new memories, remember their loved ones and
                              connect with each other during rowing, fitness classes, bowling and other


FOR INTERVIEW: Kim Burditt, TAPS Retreat Staff, and surviving sister of Marine Corps Pvt. Jon
                          Hoffman, of Wakefield, Mass., who died on April 21, 2010, after completing suicide.                      

                           Emily Munoz, TAPS Inner Warrior Program, and surviving spouse of Army Capt.
                           Gilbert Munoz, who died on Feb. 9, 2005, as a result of a sudden illness.  
Retreat participants who are surviving spouses, fiancées and significant others

Please email Christine Fuentes at christine.fuentes@taps.org or call 540-905-8448 to attend any part of the retreat or arrange interviews with TAPS staff or survivors.