Publications on Peer Support for Bereaved Survivors

Peer support gives those who have had a unique experience or who are facing a personal challenge the framework to connect with another with that shared experience or challenge, either individually or in a group setting. By the simple act of knowing they are not alone in their experience and realizing that others have overcome the challenges they are facing, peers find validation, normalization, and ultimately a sense of hopefulness.

TAPS was founded on the principles of best practices in peer-based emotional support for bereaved survivors. Today, TAPS provides care to grieving military family members using these best practices. Renowned researcher Dr. Paul Bartone has documented the impact of this work in a landmark new systematic review of evidence and best practices in peer-based support. This report highlights eight ground rules for successful programs that can be benchmarked by all those working in peer-based programs.

View the full report Peer Support for Bereaved Survivors: Systematic Review of Evidence and Identification of Best Practices.

View the TAPS press release about this study.

Additional publication on Peer Support for the Military Bereaved:

Peer Support for the Bereaved. In J. Avery. Peer Support in Medicine: A Quick Guide. Springer (2021). Paul T. Bartone and Chantel M. Dooley

Risk Factors for Complicated Grief in the Military CommunityOMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying, First Published 20 May 2021. Grace E. Seamon-Lahiff, Chantel M. Dooley, Paul T. Bartone, Bonnie Carroll

TAPS Suicide Postvention ModelTM: A Comprehensive Framework of Healing and GrowthDeath Studies, (January 2021). Kim A. Ruocco, Carla Stumpf Patton, Kim Burditt, Bonnie Carroll and Matt Mabe.

Turning War Grief into Positive Peace. Geneva Peace Week, Geneva, Switzerland. (November 2019). Grace E. Seamon-Lahiff, Chantel M. Dooley.

A Model for Supporting Grief Recovery Following Traumatic Loss: The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Military Medicine, 184(7-8), 166–170 (April 2019). Grace E. Seamon-Lahiff, Chantel M. Dooley, Laura E. Fry, Bonnie Carroll.

Intensive outpatient treatment of PTSD and complicated grief in suicide-bereaved military widows. Death Studies (March 2020). Bonnie Ohye, Cynthia Moore, Meredith Charney, Lauren M. Laifer, Allyson M. Blackburn, Eric Bui &Naomi M. Simon.

Exploration into Best Practices in Peer Support for Bereaved SurvivorsDeath Studies, 42(9), 555-568 (March 2018). Paul T. Bartone, Jocelyn V. Bartone, Zaneta Gileno and John M. Violanti.

Evidence- and practice-informed approach to implementing peer grief support after suicide systematically in the USA. National Library of Medicine. Franklin James Cook, Linda Langford, Kim Ruocco. (2017)

Evidence- and practice-informed approach to implementing peer grief support after suicide systematically in the USA. Death Studies Volume 41, 2017 - Issue 10. Franklin James Cook, Linda Langford, Kim Ruocco. (2017)

Peer Support Services for Bereaved Survivors: A Systematic ReviewOMEGA-Journal of Death and Dying, 80(1), 137-166 (2017). Paul T. Bartone, Jocelyn V. Bartone, John M. Violanti, and Zaneta M. Gileno.

Perspectives of Suicide Bereaved Individuals on Military Suicide Decedents' Life Stressors and Male Gender Role StressArchives of Suicide Research, 21(1), 155-168. Sterling IV, A. G., Bakalar, J. L., Perera, K. U., DeYoung, K. A., Harrington-LaMorie, J., Haigney, D., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016).