Mountain Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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Denver, Colorado
Registration Open Date : November 7, 2022
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Military Survivor at a TAPS Seminar

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.


TAPS Youth

For Youth: TAPS Good Grief Camp

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.


Childcare is provided for children under the age of five-years old, five-years old but not yet attending kindergarten, and children 10-years and younger who are not eligible for Good Grief Camp. These children will be cared for and loved throughout the seminar by trained professional, licensed and insured caregivers. A designated suite will be available and set up with age-appropriate toys, games, and arts and crafts. Children 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.

If you need further information, please email


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 Mountain Regional Military Good Grief Camp page for details.


Military Survivors at a TAPS Peer Mentor Training

Become a Peer Mentor

During the seminar, TAPS will be conducting a Peer Mentor training session 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, you can sign-up as part of the seminar registration.

For more information, email


Getting Connected to the Seminar

The TAPS app allows you to stay organized at seminars and find pertinent workshop information with the click of a button. You will be able to receive real-time notifications from TAPS and save any sessions that you want to attend to your own calendar. While the app is Seminar-focused, most TAPS services are available through the TAPS app, as well.

Virtual Workshop Access: Those who registered for the virtual workshops will receive an email with the virtual workshop information.

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Monday, March 27

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 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 meetings will be emailed to those who registered for the virtual workshops.

Friday, March 31
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Peer Mentor Training

  • 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Family Registrationn

  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. - Family Dinner

  • 5:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Good Grief Camp Zone (Ages 5-18)

  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - First Time Attendee and Peer Mentor Gatherings

  • 7:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

    Dessert Sharing Group Sessions for
    Illness Loss
    Accident Loss
    Suicide Loss
    Combat Loss
    Homicide Loss
    (designated areas will have signage indicating type of loss)

  • 8:30 p.m.

    Young Adult and Legacy Mentor Gathering

Saturday, April 1
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Family Breakfast
    There will be areas reserved for a Men's Only social and a Young Adults social.

  • 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. - Family Registration

  • 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Good Grief Camp

  • 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Opening Session with Bonnie Carroll and Dr. Frank Campbell

  • 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Workshops and Sessions

    Coping When Memories Hurt – Audri Beugelsdijk
    We don't ever want to forget our loved ones and memories can bring both joy and pain. Sometimes we push memories away because we can't experience them without an upwelling of emotion that is difficult to cope with. We will explore coping techniques, including how linking positive memories with negative experiences can help us navigate our grief and remember even when it hurts. This session will not be live streamed.

    Is My Loss TraumaticDr. Frank Campbell
    Traumatic grief has characteristics different from the more traditional grief associated with death. Dr. Frank Campbell will describe elements that stand out when experiencing traumatic grief that compromise the activities of daily living and impact sleep, physical health and overall well-being. When assumed to be characteristics of "normal" grief many find processing their loss overwhelming resulting in a more difficult grief journey. Participants attending are encouraged to ask questions or share personal experiences they are coping with to gain insights and practical solutions that have helped others cope more effectively. This session will not be live streamed.

    Befriending Your GriefAmy Pike and Karrie Filios
    Grief is a normal response to loss and can impact how we feel, how we think, and how we see the world. Befriending your grief equals caring for yourself mind, body and spirit while still staying connected to your loved one. This session will be offered virtually.

  • 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

    Lunch and Peer Group Sessions for
    Spouses and Significant Others
    Siblings and Adult Children
    Battle Buddies, Friends and Extended Family
    Parents and Grandparents
    (designated areas will have signage indicating type of relationship)

  • 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Workshops and Sessions

    Using Art as an Expression of Grief for the Artist and Non-Artist – Jennifer Baldwin and Jenna Preston
    This interactive workshop will invite participants to use non-verbal, creative expression as an alternative method to help engage in the healing process. Art making has many uses as a healing tool and participants will learn a variety of art directives that may support their grief journey by exploring the use of metaphors, image prompts, and/or experimenting with simple art making tasks. You do not have to be an artist to benefit from the healing process of art making! This session will not be live streamed.

    How to Grieve Like a Man (Men Only)Dr. Frank Campbell
    In this interactive workshop, we will discuss the ways men may reveal their grief and share our experiences. Our goal will be understanding and insight, not changing the way others grieve. This is an ideal workshop for men in attendance who may be dating a survivor, as well as for men who are actively grieving the loss of a loved one. This session will not be live streamed.

    Managing Difficult Emotions After Loss  - Andy McNiel
    It is common for many of us to struggle with many difficult emotions after a person in our life dies, including, but not limited to anger, guilt, and regret. We may feel a sense of responsibility for the circumstances leading up to a person's death. We might regret missed opportunities as we think back on our relationship with our person. We may have intense anger associated with aspects of their death or issues related to our relationship with them. Whatever it is that might influence these feelings, difficult emotions can be challenging to navigate. This interactive session will take a closer look at some of these emotions and offer ideas for managing the impact they have on our lives after loss. This session will not be live streamed.

  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Workshops and Sessions

    Continuing Bonds Through Art – Jennifer Baldwin and Jenna Preston
    This workshop will expand on ways the use of metaphors and themes from nature can help us process grief and continue the bonds we established with those we have lost. The iconic Aspen tree found in Colorado, with their interconnected roots and cohesive groves will be the inspiration for this art-making workshop. This session will not be live streamed.

    Metaphors for Healing - Dr. Frank Campbell
    This workshop will focus on the benefits of developing accurate metaphors to describe your feelings of loss. This approach to communication when grieving has proven helpful for getting support that is helpful from those who want to be able to provide support and have not had a loss comparable to your loss. This approach allows a different response to "how are you?" than the assumed a "I am fine" phrase many see as an expectation by society. This session will not be live streamed.

    Caring for Grieving Children Bernadette Barton and Lyla Yaner
    The health and well-being of a child's primary caregiver is one of the strongest predictors of that child's adjustment to a significant death loss. In this presentation, staff members from Judi's House, a children and family grief care organization based in Aurora, Colorado, will review information to help caregivers navigate parenting a grieving child. The presentation will cover 1) children's common grief reactions, 2) developmental understandings of death, 3) fundamentals of coping, and 4) helpful caregiving skills. Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and concerns. This session will be offered virtually.

  • 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Family Dinner

  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Young Adults and Legacy Mentors Care Group (Ages 18 to 30)
    Please join us as we gather and have a time of sharing and support. This facilitated care group provides an opportunity to share about your grief in a safe space with others going through similar situations.

Sunday, April 2
  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Family Breakfast
    There will be areas reserved for a Men's Only social and a Young Adults social.

  • 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Good Grief Camp

  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. - Workshops and Sessions

    God Winks  – Bonnie Carroll
    Some people call them “God Winks,” some call them signs, messages or after-death communication. No matter what we call them, signs from our loved ones can be very present in our lives. Stories and experiences of the presence of our loved ones will be discussed in this open-minded and intimate sharing session. This session will not be live streamed.

    Grief Can Do THAT?Dr. Frank Campbell
    This workshop is designed to describe many of the confusing ways grief will impact individuals and families. Our time together will also include opportunities to ask questions or present concerns from those attending. Descriptions of how Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) are impacted and how vital self-care is for management of grief. This session will not be live streamed.

    Spirituality & Grief After LossAndy McNiel
    Faith, belief, and spirituality play a vital role in the lives of many of us after someone in our life dies. Many of us find strength through our faith as we journey through grief. While others of us may find faith to be difficult in the aftermath of loss. Spirituality can have complicated ebbs and flows as we navigate the many challenges that grief brings to our lives. Join us for this interactive session on spirituality and grief. We will discuss how our faith has brought us strength, how our faith may have been challenged by loss, and ways our grief may have impacted deeply held beliefs. This session will not be live streamed.

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Workshops and Sessions

    God Winks (repeat session)  – Bonnie Carroll
    Some people call them “God Winks,” some call them signs, messages or after-death communication. No matter what we call them, signs from our loved ones can be very present in our lives. Stories and experiences of the presence of our loved ones will be discussed in this open-minded and intimate sharing session. This session will not be live streamed.

    Creating Meaning From LossAudri Beugelsdijk
    Dr. Robert Neimeyer says that loss "requires us to reconstruct a world that again 'makes sens,' that restores a semblance of meaning, direction, and interpretability to a life that is forever transformed." We will discuss what it means to flourish in spite of and through our grief. Participants will have opportunities to share personal observations about how meaning making has played a role in their grief journey. This session will not be live streamed.

    What is Self-Care When You Are Grieving - Jenn Flaum
    "Take good care....take care of yourself....make sure you are practicing self-care" are words of condolence and advice often dispensed to the bereaved by friends, family, and even strangers. But what does self-care when we're grieving really look like? Why, even after momentary "self-care" activities, do we still find ourselves with feelings of emptiness and the enormity of grief? Join me in a conversation to answer these questions and learn about new ways to reshape our approach to how we take care of ourselves after loss. This session will be offered virtually.

  • 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Closing Session with Bonnie Carroll and Dr. Frank Campbell

  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Family Lunch



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 Hyatt Regency Aurora 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 or call 800-959-TAPS (8277).



In-Person and Virtual Workshop Registrations are open until April 1, 2023 (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 if you do not receive a confirmation email after registering.


Health Guidelines and Animals

Health Guidelines for the Seminar: TAPS will make every effort to ensure safe and healthy gatherings. We will continue to monitor COVID variants and may require testing onsite and/or other protocols based on local regulations and CDC guidance. At this time, we do not require proof of full vaccination and masks are optional. Should we have to make any changes you will be notified right away.

Animals: We love animals, but we do not allow them to attend many of our events, which are private events that are not open to the general public. We do this for the health and safety of our members. If you have any questions please contact