Western Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
Health Guidelines for the Seminar: As we seek to provide care, comfort, and safety for our TAPS families, we are shifting all in-person events to COVID vaccinated only. We will monitor the unpredictable COVID surges and trends as we approach the event dates. We are hopeful we will be able to open registration to attendees who are not fully vaccinated and have a negative COVID test. We will post announcements regularly.
For Adults: TAPS Seminars
TAPS Seminars are created with your needs in mind. Our comprehensive model of care brings together adult survivors of all ages for a weekend of hope and healing. Whether you recently lost your hero, have lived many years without them or are somewhere in between, this TAPS Seminar is designed to meet you where you are in your grief journey.
By bringing together peer professionals, subject matter experts, mental health clinicians and TAPS Peer Mentors and volunteers, we will come alongside you to walk the journey together.
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. The seminar sessions and programming follow a dynamic curriculum based on the needs of mourning set forth in academia.
The TAPS Good Grief Camp is a program for children who have lost a loved one who served in the Armed Forces (see attendance eligibility criteria). Good Grief Camp provides a safe space for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.
TAPS Good Grief Camp is led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education. Programming throughout the weekend mirrors the adult curriculum and provides families with a common language crucial to strengthening family bonds. Children and teens will honor their loved one, connect with their peers, and learn coping skills through games, crafts and other age-appropriate activities in a fun and supportive environment.
Children and teens will find comfort in knowing there are other kids their age who understand their loss and develop coping skills they can use once they leave Good Grief Camp.
Children under the age of five-years old will be cared for and loved throughout the seminar by trained professional, licensed and insured caregivers. A designated suite will be assigned and set up with age-appropriate toys, games and arts and crafts. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will have lunch on Saturday inside their room, along with healthy snacks all weekend. Individual schedules will be honored for each child, including nursing infants.
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TAPS invites those active duty military, veterans, and military survivors who have graduated from Good Grief Camp (Legacy mentors) to register as a volunteer mentor for the Good Grief Camp. Visit the Legacy or Military Mentor Volunteer at the Western Regional Military Good Grief Camp page for details.
During the seminar, TAPS will be conducting a Peer Mentor training session on Sunday morning for adult military survivors who are at least 18 months beyond their own loss and are ready to be there for other adult survivors to offer support. As a Peer Mentor, you will have a wide variety of opportunities to choose from to support your peers through activities such as seminars, retreats, TAPS Togethers, hosting a Care Group, supporting the Online Community, and providing one-to-one mentoring. You will learn more about grief and trauma, learn to identify risks and warning signs for suicide, gain basic helping skills, and become part of our nationwide TAPS Peer Mentor Team.
If you're interested in attending the in-person Peer Mentor training at the seminar on Sunday morning, you can sign-up as part of the seminar registration.
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The TAPS Events app puts the program right in the palm of your hand. Leading up to the seminar weekend, you can connect with fellow survivors and TAPS staff, review the scheduled program, read about featured speakers, and access additional content that will support you wherever you are in your grief journey.
For those attending virtually, you will access the Zoom sessions by logging into the TAPS Events app on either your desktop computer or mobile device.
Links to event app will be posted here as we get closer to event start date.
7:00 p.m. — Pre-event What to Expect, Your Seminar Questions Answered
Attending in person? Please join us for a pre-event Zoom meeting to talk about what to expect at a regional seminar. We will also review safety and health standards that will be in place for our Western Regional Seminar. We will discuss hotel check-in, registration, meals, mask requirements and many other details that have been taken care of for us to gather safely in-person. Access to the Zoom meeting will be through the TAPS App.
Friday, November 18
Our day starts at 3:00 p.m. with family registration and check-in. The evening schedule features dinner, dessert sharing sessions for adults, Good Grief Camp’s Zone for children, and a Peer Mentor Gathering.
Saturday, November 19
Enjoy our family breakfast followed by the opening session. We have a variety of sessions you can choose from throughout the day. Lunch will be provided with your peers and then end your day by coming together for a relaxing TAPS family dinner. Good Grief Camp for children is open for the duration of the seminar.
Sunday, November 20
After our family breakfast, once again choose from a variety of sessions followed by a closing session and a TAPS family lunch before heading home.
There are no registration fees for our regional seminars. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, TAPS provides lodging, all meals, materials, activities and T-shirts at no cost to you.
Lodging is provided at the The Westin Long Beach for those traveling more than 30 minutes to the event. Please request your lodging in your registration form and specify how many nights you’ll be staying. TAPS covers the cost of the lodging for Friday and Saturday nights and will book your hotel room for you.
You'll need to cover the cost of your transportation to and from the seminar.
If you have questions about lodging, please email email@example.com or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).
In-Person and Virtual Registrations are open until November 19, 2022 (look for the blue button at the top of the page). You'll receive a confirmation email once you have submitted your registration. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering.