In this TAPS Talk, presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®, Dr. Doka discusses the difficult concerns faced by grieving grandparents and ways to continue family bonds and find meaning in the loss. The O'Briens share the important tools they gained from TAPS in coping with grief after the death of their grandson, and they will help remind others how to reconnect with those coping skills during this challenging time.
Kenneth J. Doka, PhD, MDivDr. Doka is an ordained Lutheran minister, serves as a Senior Bereavement Consultant to Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) and is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). Dr. Doka serves as editor of HFA’s Living with Grief® book series, its Journeys newsletter, and numerous other books and publications. Dr. Doka is a past president of ADEC, a former board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a TAPS Advisory Board member.
Dana and Linda O'BrienDana and Linda raised three children and have been very active in their grandchildren’s lives. Dana served in the Marine Corps, with a year in Vietnam, and his professional life was in the trucking industry as a driver and in management. Linda’s focus was raising children, followed by thirty years with an accounting firm. In 2010, following the suicide of their grandson while serving in the USMC, the O’Briens became extremely active with TAPS, attending over twenty events and mentoring those who have lost someone while serving in the military. They have also worked with the Marine Corps in developing suicide prevention videos.
This webinar is free and open to the public.