Stories for 2021


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The Gift of Comfort Through Others

Comfort and support for loss can come at unexpected times and in unexpected ways, to include from a receptionist at a dentist office.

5/12/2021 - David Gross
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In the Midst of Grief: What We Can Learn From Our Children

After loss, it is still possible to thrive, learn and grow as a result of our experiences. And with TAPS, we thankfully don’t have to do either alone.

5/10/2021 - Amanda Gallagher
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A Tribute to My Mom on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day, a surviving daughter shares the important role her mom has played in shaping her young adult life both professionally and personally.

5/9/2021 - Cameron Bowman
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Saturday Morning Message: Month of the Military Caregiver

May is the Month of the Military Caregiver. During this time, we would like to pause for a moment and acknowledge your sacrifice as a caregiver.

5/8/2021 - Coleen Bowman
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Midwest Hidden Gems by Canoe Expedition

Event Photos: TAPS survivors paddle by canoe through the Mark Twain National Forest of the southern Midwest.

5/2/2021 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: May is a Month of Remembrance

When our loved ones serve, the whole family serves and the TAPS family will pause throughout May to recognize and remember.

5/1/2021 - TAPS
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter May 2021

The lives of those who we love and remember and honor are carved into our soul, imprinted on our hearts and woven into the fabric of our nation.

5/1/2021 - TAPS Media
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On Memorial Day, We Honor Them

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance and solace but I also find joy for having known heroes that selflessly chose to serve a cause greater than themselves.

4/30/2021 - Coleen Bowman
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Video: Coping with Special Days—Finding Comfort in Remembering

Video recording discussion on exploring some techniques to help cope with special memories and explore creative ways to commemorate your loved one.

4/27/2021 - TAPS
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Reconnecting With Our Military Family After Loss

Surviving spouse shares her family's story of navigating their grief and how they found a way to reconnect to the military community after their loss.

4/26/2021 - Elizabeth Culp
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Grief, Loss and Autism

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and TAPS recognizes the unique ways that grief might be expressed by children and adults on the autism spectrum.

4/25/2021 - Andy McNeil
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Saturday Morning Message: Navigating Changes In Our Lives

As flowers bloom, trees take their familiar green shape, and warmer weather greets us, we have an opportunity to explore new growth in ourselves as well.

4/24/2021 - TAPS
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Pain Inspired Purpose: Finding Meaning After Suicide Loss

"Though my pain has not been easy, grief is a journey, and it has birthed pain inspired purpose, and God has given me the strength to keep going."

4/23/2021 - Kaylin Jennings-Knight
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TAPS Magazine Spring 2021

Volume 27, Issue 1

4/22/2021 - TAPS Quarterly Magazine
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5 Ways to Reconnect With Nature This Earth Day

As we celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day and National Park week, we invite you to explore how your life intertwines with nature and its impacts on grief.

4/22/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
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Video: The Helper’s Journey: Empathy, Compassion, and the Challenge of Caring in a Challenging Time

Video recording discussion on exploring key strategies and skills when working with people confronting grief, loss, trauma, illness and tragedy in all its forms.

4/20/2021 - TAPS
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Volunteering as an Act of Healing

For some bereaved, volunteering is a valued component of the healing journey and provides physical and mental health, social and financial benefits.

4/19/2021 - Stephanie Frogge
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Mountain Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together in person and virtually in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

4/18/2021 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: What In Nature Reminds You Most Of Your Loved One?

As we walk together through our grief, let us pause to see the real splendor in nature and ponder ways to serve others while honoring our loved ones.

4/17/2021 - TAPS
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Purple Up! For Military Kids and TAPS Legacy Mentors

On this Purple Up! Day, we share stories of service and sacrifice from Legacy Mentors, in their own words.

4/16/2021 - TAPS
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Video: Grieving Styles and Family Dynamics: Communicating with Children and Teens

Video recording discussion on how to increase understanding, communicate needs, and support different grieving styles among your family members.

4/13/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: How Do You Relieve Stress?

Navigating our grief journey together and seeing the beauty that surrounds us can refuel us to reach out and connect with others at TAPS.

4/10/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Women Who Have Had Positive Impacts On Our Grief Journey

Is there a female from TAPS or elsewhere in your life that has provided support or been an inspiration to you along your grief journey?

4/3/2021 - TAPS
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More Than a Game

Washington Nationals "Families of Valor" program partners with teams4taps to bring hope and healing to TAPS families.

4/1/2021 - Nicole Murray
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Up Up and Away! Superheroes and Peer Support

As survivors, we are all superheroes, facing our grief day in and day out. Find your supports and lean in on those who understand.

4/1/2021 - Jennifer Keeling
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter April 2021

TAPS events provide support, hope and well being to survivors of all ages. Learn more about our upcoming seminar, virtual events and outdoor expedition.

4/1/2021 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Togethers

Event Photos: 2021 TAPS Togethers

3/31/2021 - TAPS Media
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Agency Over Agent Orange

A surviving daughter writes about the afflictions from Agent Orange exposure that has impacted so many military veterans including her father.

3/29/2021 - Claire Henline
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Saturday Morning Message: How TAPS Has Been Of Support During the Pandemic

Each step of the way our TAPS Family has been there to support us and keep us connected virtually during the pandemic.

3/27/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Our Favorite Memories From TAPS Events

As we begin to slowly emerge from quarantine, many of us may be experiencing a sense of renewal as we venture back into activities and routines.

3/20/2021 - Carol Lane
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Video: Coping With Guilt When You're Grieving

Video recording discussion on common ways we can be way too hard on ourselves after a loss, along with tips about how to be kinder to ourselves.

3/16/2021 - TAPS
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TAPS Impact Report 2020

TAPS ensures 24/7 emotional support, casework assistance, virtual connection opportunities, and ongoing access to grief and trauma resources.

3/15/2021 - TAPS Impact
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Saturday Morning Message: Our Loved Ones' Favorite Musicians or Bands

Often, music can help us express our feelings much easier than through writing or talking.

3/13/2021 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Learning About Ourselves After Loss

Read what skills and strengths other survivors have discovered about themselves after their loss.

3/6/2021 - Carol Lane
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Videos: A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors - Sowing Seeds

Spring is the season of new beginnings, and we look forward to preparing the ground, planting seeds and growing with you in the journey to blooms.

3/3/2021 - TAPS Media
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter March 2021

The TAPS Family is diverse and beautiful. And while we each began our journeys in different ways; our paths have converged at this loving place called TAPS.

3/1/2021 - TAPS Media
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Southern Regional Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp

Event Photos: Survivors come together in person and virtually in Dallas Texas.

2/28/2021 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Remembering Our Favorite Vacation Spots

This past year, many of us have been left dreaming of vacations. Survivors share their favorite place that they went with their loved ones.

2/27/2021 - Carol Lane
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Our Hearts Are With You - TAPS Natural Disaster Response

To our TAPS Family enduring the added stress of natural disasters in an already stressful time, our hearts are with you. You are not alone.

2/24/2021 - TAPS
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Video: Understanding the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

Video recording discussion on the realities of long term care and caregiving as well as review of federal insurance eligibility and program options for families.

2/23/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Coping With Sudden Grief Emotions

Hear from survivors on how they cope when feelings of grief overcome them, even after a long time has passed since the death of their loved one.

2/20/2021 - Carol Lane
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Saturday Morning Message: Cultivating Hobbies and Skills

During this period of quarantine, some have found the additional time to develop new hobbies or skills or have worked hard to enhance old skills.

2/13/2021 - Carol Lane
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Video: Wellness Techniques for Reducing Stress and Anxiety

Video recording discussion on powerful tools for reducing the components of debilitating stress for improved health and wellness.

2/9/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Fond Sports Memories

Many families share traditions of watching or attending sporting events together. Read about special sports memories survivors had with their loved ones.

2/6/2021 - Carol Lane
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Restoring Balance Amid Grief and the Pandemic

Learn how Soft Belly Breathing and Shaking and Dancing can help us feel easier in ourselves and make us feel more comfortable connecting with others.

2/1/2021 - James Gordon
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter February 2021

The TAPS Family is built on love. It is our foundation, our inspiration, our strength. Let us reflect on love - in all its forms.

2/1/2021 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: The Positive Impact of Peer Mentoring

Survivors share about the comfort they have received from peer mentors and how meaningful those relationships have been for them.

1/30/2021 - Carol Lane
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An Invitation Of Love

To give and receive love is life’s most grand adventure and deepest valley, a painful darkness and a holy sanctuary.

1/29/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
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Video: Mindfulness as Your Superpower

Video recording discussion on how mindfulness can help you navigate loss, improve your health, and cultivate compassion for your grieving heart.

1/28/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Sharing Favorite Foods

When friends or loved ones gather, often there is a sharing of food and conversation. Learn some of our survivors' loved ones favorite foods.

1/23/2021 - Carol Lane
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National Day of Service at TAPS Headquarters

Event Photos: Volunteers assemble resource kits for TAPS Survivors at TAPS Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

1/18/2021 - TAPS Media
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Saturday Morning Message: Loved Ones' Items We Keep Close

Thumbies, dog tags, quilts, shirts and bandannas are some of their loved ones' precious items survivors find comfort in wearing.

1/16/2021 - Carol Lane
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Video: "Be Strong" and Other Myths of Grief

Video recording discussion on the six myths about grief, why they are still prevalent, and how we can successfully address them.

1/12/2021 - TAPS
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Saturday Morning Message: Finding A Sense Of Accomplishment In The New Year

2020 has been a challenging year for so many in so many ways. Survivors look to 2021 with a fresh perspective, full of hope and seeking joy.

1/9/2021 - Carol Lane
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The Threshold Season

Find hope in the winter wilderness with an open heart and mind. Be open to what is and what is to come both in the winter and in our grief.

1/8/2021 - Rachel Hunsell
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Videos: A Breath of Fresh Air with TAPS Outdoors - Breathing in the New Year

As we transition into a new year, we will forge new paths together in our hearts and set foot on trails we've yet to see. Together, we will explore the wild.

1/6/2021 - TAPS Media
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Creating Space and Rediscovering Ourselves in the New Year

As we go into the new year after 2020, perhaps this year we choose to give ourselves the grace of making space to see what our internal voice has to teach us.

1/4/2021 - Erin Jacobson
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Finding Hope in 2021

We are stronger together. Don't go it alone. Find encouragement with a TAPS Peer Mentor and keep hope alive in 2021.

1/1/2021 - Audri Beugelsdijk
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TAPS Survivor Newsletter January 2021

This has been an incredibly difficult year, but it is a year that has also given us gifts. We recognized that we are a family and we are stronger together.

1/1/2021 - TAPS Media
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Video: January Survivor Newsletter Message from Bonnie Carroll

TAPS President and Founder Bonnie Carroll sends a message of warmth and care to all military survivors as we begin the New Year.

1/1/2021 - TAPS Media