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Texas Survivor Seminar V1 Remember the Love, Celebrate the Life, Share the Journey
            
Texas
Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp
July 14 th - July 17 th , 2017
Austin, Texas
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TAPS Seminars
TAPS SURVIVOR SEMINARS AND GOOD GRIEF CAMPS
As we move through the grief journey, we realize that changes provide perspective, and perspective drives purpose. Find new perspective, a sense of purpose, and the support of peers at our brand new regional seminars.

We urge you to take three days out of the grind of grief work and the stresses of daily life to fellowship with your TAPS family. 

Our new format will help you personalize your experience. Some of us are at a place where we want to tell the story of what happened - we need to grieve safely and openly and deeply. Some of us need to talk, some need to listen, and some don't feel comfortable participating with words. Some of us are struggling to figure out how grief looks many years down the road - how to reconcile how our families have changed and are still changing. Some of us need to lean into life, to take better care of ourselves, to move our bodies, to get out and do things, to connect with the people with whom we feel the closest. 

Think of these seminars as a gathering place where all of that - and more - is possible. Think of them as tools for building your compassion for yourself and others, your capacity to grieve and to heal, and your confidence. 

We've changed our seminars. Change waits for you there, too.
THE DETAILS
Regional Seminars start on Friday evenings. Following hotel check-in, your warm TAPS greeting, and dinner, there will be dessert and welcome sessions. Friday evening will be informal yet informative - you'll be able to ask questions, meet peer mentors, and get a feel for what to expect. Whether you're relieved to be back with your TAPS family or feeling hesitant and overwhelmed, you'll have the chance to take a breath and know we've got you. 

Starting on Saturday morning and concluding with dinner on Sunday, we'll have the entire weekend together. You'll create your own schedule, selecting from workshops, sharing groups, fitness and mindfulness activities, and special events. Longer breaks provide time to unwind at the hotel; off-site opportunities allow you the chance to really explore the beautiful resort. Programming is purposeful and intentional and includes remembrance ceremonies, family dinners, and stories of love and loss. 

We want you to participate fully in Sunday activities, so after our Americana-themed Sunday night dinner, you'll also have the option to stay at the hotel a third night. We're certain you'll re-enter your "regular life" refreshed and renewed. 

With all the new changes at TAPS Regional Seminars, some things won't ever change - the ready hugs and courageous hearts of others who understand. You will be warmly welcomed; you'll leave with friends, resources, and a new sense of hope. You'll find this at every TAPS event. 

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, TAPS is able to provide lodging, meals, materials, activities, and t-shirts. All you have to do is register, keep us updated on your plans, and know we're going to meet you wherever you are on your grief journey.
Good Grief Camp
TAPS GOOD GRIEF CAMP

Though their lives are marked by grief, young survivors at TAPS know their lives will also be marked by camaraderie, mentorship, emotional maturity, adventure and fun.

Led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education, TAPS Youth Programs provide safe spaces for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.

At TAPS Seminars, this takes the form of Good Grief Camps where children are able to share and learn coping skills through games, crafts and other activities in a fun and supportive environment. Each child is paired with a military mentor who serves as a "big brother/big sister" and reminds the child that he or she is still a part of the military community.

If the cost of travel to the Texas Regional Seminar is a barrier to your attending, please let us know. We aren't able to offer airfare assistance, but we are able to offer gift cards for gas. If this is something that would help you attend, please email seminarregistrations@taps.org to request a $50 gas gift card. If you need additional resources, give us a call at 800-959-8277 to discuss if TAPS can help.

Registration Confirmation: Email support@taps.org if you DO NOT  receive a confirmation email after registering.

Parents/Guardians: Complete a Child Intake form for anyone 19 years or younger attending.

  • Schedule of Events
    Friday, July 14, 2017
    1-5 pm Peer Mentor Training (Optional)
    4-8 pm Check-in, Dessert Sessions, Good Grief Camp Zone
    Saturday, July 15, 2017
    8 - 9 am Breakfast
    9 - 10 am Opening Session
    9 am - 5 pm Good Grief Camp
    10 am - 4 pm Your choice of workshops and activities
    6 - 8 pm Family dinner and remembrance activities
    Sunday, July 16, 2017
    8 - 9 am Breakfast
    9 am - 5 pm Good Grief Camp
    9 am - 4 pm Your choice of workshops and activities
    5:30 - 8:30 pm Family dinner and closing session
    Monday, July 17, 2017
    8 am Time to say our goodbyes and travel home
  • Lodging

    Lodging at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol will be provided for those attending on a first come, first reserved basis.

  • Additional Information

    TAPS will be conducting a four-hour peer mentor training on July 14 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for adult survivors who are at least 18 months beyond their own loss and are ready to be there for others. You'll be able to sign up for peer mentor training during the registration process.

    To learn more about peer mentoring, visit the TAPS peer mentors page.



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