Northwest Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

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Spokane, Washington
Registration Open Date : November 7, 2022
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Military Survivors 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 Northwest Regional Military Good Grief Camp page for details.


TAPS Peer Mentor

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, July 3

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, July 7
  • 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 (Grades K - 12)

  • 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
    Accident Loss
    Illness 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, July 8
  • 6:30 a.m. - Morning Nature Walk with Jason Stout
    Please wear comfortable clothing.

  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Family Breakfast
    There will be areas reserved for a Men's Only 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

    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.

    Women's Empowerment: Who Am I Now? - Erin Jacobson
    The pain of loss often ushers in hard questions about identity and purpose. As we work to integrate loss into our lives, we must also redefine who we are. At the heart of the Women's Empowerment (WE) program at TAPS we provide spaces and tools to explore these complex topics through a lens of gratitude, resilience and kindness. In this interactive workshop, we will touch on some ways that we can begin the process of self-discovery as well as have the opportunity to meet other women on that same path. Our vibrant, compassionate community of surviving women is a place of support and inspiration, where we treasure opportunities to be each other’s teachers, confidantes, cheerleaders, and friends. Whether you have been a part of the WE sisterhood for a long time or are curious about the community, we welcome you! This session will be offered virtually.

    Building Emotional Resilience: Nurturing Inner Strength – Jesse Tubb
    In this session, we will explore the concept of emotional resilience and learn practical strategies to cultivate resilience in the face of life’s challenges. By developing emotional resilience, you can intentionally respond to adversity, adapt to change, and thrive in the face of difficulties, including loss. This workshop will provide you with practical tools and strategies to grow your capacity for resilience and stay buoyant during challenging times. We will cover how to acknowledge your experience, gain emotional clarity, prioritize self-care, show yourself grace and compassion, and use it as an opportunity for growth. This session will not be live streamed.

  • 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

    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.

    It's All On Me - Erin Jacobson
    In the wake of losing a vital person from our lives, a heavy burden can emerge of feeling alone with the responsibilities of day to day life. Although we may hear others tell us, “you’re so strong!”, we may feel anything but. Perhaps you have lost your sibling and are the only one holding childhood memories and changing family dynamics. Maybe you are a widow who feels the burden of going from a partnership to a life alone. You may be a parent who has lost a child and as a result has had your marriage dissolve in the face of that pain. Whatever your situation, there is a place for you within this workshop. During our time together, we’ll explore these situations and more in order to gain tools and insights to support our individual journey, and hopefully to find others who can walk with us with understanding. This session will not be live streamed.

    Exploring Visual Metaphors for Grief  - Dr. Sarah Conoln-Pernick
    Sometimes it is difficult to find language to describe or understand our grief. Metaphors are the language of emotion and can help us clarify the experiences and feelings we hold. In this session, we will use visual photo images as metaphors to tell our story, make sense of our experiences, and describe our journey. These images support creative conversations and enable us to envision paths to healing. This is a creative exercise and is an opportunity to take time for self-reflection and for community support.  This session will be offered virtually.

  • 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.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 be offered virtually.

    Creating Beauty from Brokenness - Erin Jacobson
    When we are confronted with the shattering feeling that loss brings, it can be difficult to make sense of the chaos that enters our lives. In this interactive art therapy workshop, we will explore the metaphor of stained glass windows to create collage work as a path towards transforming that chaos into beauty and understanding. We invite you to join us for a time of peace, inspiration and creation. This space is for you to come exactly as you are and allow yourself to see what shows up on the page. No art experience is necessary and all levels are welcome.  This session will not be live streamed.

    Building Stronger Bonds: Adopting a Team Mindset for Your Family – Jesse Tubb
    In this interactive session, we will explore the concept of a family functioning as a team and how adopting a team mindset can strengthen relationships, improve communication, and foster a supportive and positive family environment where everyone thrives. By thinking of your family as a team, you can unlock the potential for greater unity and collaboration, even while acknowledging the impact of grief within your household. Your family is more than just a group of individuals, and by recognizing and embracing the experiences, strengths, and talents of each family member, you can create a flourishing family team. This workshop will include a team scavenger hunt that will require participants to work in small teams to find checkpoints in and around the hotel. This session will not be live streamed.

  • 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 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.
  • 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Troops Together

Sunday, July 9
  • 6:30 a.m. - Morning Nature Walk with Jason Stout
    Please wear comfortable clothing.

  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Family Breakfast
    There will be areas reserved for a Men's Only 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

    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.

    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.

    Building Scaffolding: Integrating Lessons Learned into Your Life Beyond the TAPS WeekendJesse Tubb
    This seminar aims to provide participants with practical strategies and tools to effectively integrate insights from this weekend into their lives. By building a solid scaffolding framework, participants will learn how to create a seamless bridge between lessons and tools learned throughout the seminar material and their daily lives. We will discuss how to maximize the impact of the weekend and foster long-term growth and transformation. Don’t let what you learn here, stay here!  This session will be offered virtually.

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

    Remember the DashDr. Frank Campbell
    Headstones often note the date of birth and date of death and between those dates is a dash that is intended to mark the lifeline of that individual. Clearly for so many the date of death is the focus especially when it is sudden and traumatic. Traumatic death has often eclipses the life (the dash) of the individual who has died and their life should not be erased by a manner of death. Most of us know famous and historical people not by a diagnosis or manner of death but by what they accomplished while they were alive. This presentation will address the value of finding the memories represented by the dash. This session will not be live streamed.

    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.

    Healing in Nature: The Power of WaterJason Stout
    Research shows that spending a few minutes near water can be healing. Being in water or near water can change our internal state and help us become calm. Water creates a sense of awe, the sound is soothing, even the sound of water can shift our mood. During the “Healing in Nature” session, participants will learn to incorporate the use of natural spaces, small to large, as an accessible tool they can use daily to elevate their overall well-being. This session will not be live streamed.

  • 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 Davenport Grand Hotel 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 July 8, 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 Guideline 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