TAPS Care Groups are informal gatherings of surviving military families, and loved ones co-hosted by a TAPS Peer Mentor and a mental health professional. These groups are not therapy groups, but they are therapeutic. They meet at a safe, easy-to-find location with available parking.
All those who are grieving the death of a loved one in service to America, without regard to circumstances, relationship to deceased, branch of military service, or geography of death, are welcome to attend. There is no charge to participants, and the meetings are set at a regular time and date that best accommodates those desiring to attend.
For more information about a TAPS Care Group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-959-8277. If there's not a Care Group in your area and you're interested in finding other local community support you can request local resource information. If you're intereseted in starting a Care Group in your area, the first step is to become a TAPS Peer Mentor. Please email email@example.com for information on Peer Mentoring.
What Do I Miss the Most?
A few months ago a friend asked me what I missed the most about my husband. It was an interesting question and while I had a very quick answer for her, it wasn’t until recently that I really started to truly think about it. It’s a very thought provoking question and one that doesn’t really have one definitive answer. There are so many things that I miss…
Destiny: Realizing Not Everything Dies With Our Loved Ones
While I will never stop telling people about my brother I have made a conscious effort this year to not let that steer my conversations with people. I still find myself talking about “my brother who died in Iraq in 2003.” That’s probably my most used phrase, but it shouldn’t be. Why do I focus on his death rather than the way he lived?
On July 28, 2012, it will be two years since I sent my husband to work for the last time. Two years since I last hugged and kissed him good-bye. Two years since I last heard him tell me he loved me. Two years since the four crew members of Sitka 43 took off for the very last time.
I personally believe the 5 stages of grief is a load of hooey. You don’t pass through them and move to the next in a perfect order until you reach the end. It’s a cycle of emotions…and often it feels like a washing machine on spin cycle. At this very moment I am actually sad and angry at the same time. I am beyond putting expectations on my grief. I knew and loved him for 23 years, I will NOT get over him in 9.
Saturday Morning Message for July 14th
In this edition of the Saturday Morning Message, Carol shares responses from survivors on how they individually honor their fallen hero. Read, share, and comment!
Today I'm Angry
When I least expected it, that beastly, nightmarish animal called anger blindsided me. July 4th, the trip to the cemetery wit the requisite flowers adorned with the red, white and blue bow, patriotic music, family bar-b-ques, the day at the pool, fireworks exploding in the distance. I believe today I may be as miserable as any day in the past 3 years. I want my baby boy back. I want my family intact. I want to spend the rest of my days with all my family here for holidays.
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