Webinar: Grief and Young Adults in Military-Connected Families

add to outlook calendar add to gmail calendar September 15, 2020, 12:00 PM-1:30 PM Eastern
Course Available | CE Credits Available until September 14, 2021

Young adults are a unique group of grievers in connection with both their developmental positioning and cohort factors. Many are also growing and learning in the particular context of higher education. In addition, young adults who are members of military-connected families can experience added layers to their grief affected by the specifics of military-connected deaths (e.g., ambiguity, deaths from a distance) as well as intersecting stereotypes about the military. Join Dr. Servaty-Seib and Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth to gain a better understanding of the themes common in the grief of young adults and the special features of grief for military-connected young adults.

This webinar is presented by the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®.



Heather L. Servaty-Seib, PhD, HSPPDr. Servaty-Seib is a Dean’s Fellow for Analytical Assessment in Purdue’s Honors College. She is also Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Educational Studies Department of the College of Education where her primary scholarly areas include adolescent/college student bereavement, loss/gain impact of life events, and support and communication in the grieving process. She teaches Honors courses connected to her research—most recently courses entitled Death and Dying and Loss. Dr. Servaty-Seib is a past president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and received the ADEC 2013 Death Educator Award. Much of her recent scholarship has been focused in area of college student bereavement including a co-edited volume (published by Jossey-Bass) entitled Assisting Bereaved College Students, an edited volume of narratives by grieving college students (published by Jessica Kingsley), and empirical articles published in journals such as The Counseling Psychologist and Death Studies. She is on the editorial boards of four academic journals including three of the top research journals of the field of thanatology.
Shelley MacDermid-Wadsworth
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, PhDDr. MacDermid Wadsworth is a Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University, where she directs the Center for Families, as well as the Military Family Research Institute, which she co-founded. Her primary research interest is the relationship between work conditions and family life, with special focus on military families. She is an author of over 140 articles and chapters. She has served on federal advisory committees for the National Academies of Science and the Department of Defense, and has testified in Congress on multiple occasions regarding military and veteran families.

Program Details

This webinar is free and open to the public. 

Continuing education (1.5 hours) is available through September 14, 2021 for a variety of boards through the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® for $25 per certificate. More information is available on the program information and board approvals list (PDF). Instructions for obtaining your certificate will be provided at the end of the webinar.


About the TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing®

The TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is positioned to be the national and worldwide leader in training and education for bereavement professionals, bereaved individuals, and grieving military, veteran and civilian families. The Institute serves as a resource and training center, providing a hub for high-quality collaboration among professionals working in the field of grief and loss.

The Institute is where practical information on coping with loss are accessible for all who seek current strategies, the most effective tools, and best practices for supporting those who are grieving and those who serve the grieving. 

The Institute provides workshops, seminars, panel discussions, and more to educate caregivers, mental health professionals, clergy, funeral directors, casualty officers, the bereaved themselves, and so many others on the best ways to travel the grief journey.

TAPS Institute for Hope and Healing® is located at TAPS Headquarters, 3033 Wilson Blvd., Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

Email us at Institute@taps.org or give us a call at 800-959-8277 (TAPS) with any questions.