Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people experiencing emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling and referral services to family members.
TAPS is honored to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as other organizations, to assist you in finding the counseling services you need.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers bereavement counseling to parents, siblings, spouses and children of Armed Forces personnel who died in service of their country. Also eligible are family members of reservists and National Guardsmen who die on duty. Counseling is provided at Vet Centers located in families’ communities. There is no cost for VA bereavement counseling.
Information about the Vet Centers is available at: www.vetcenter.va.gov/Bereavement_Counseling.asp.
For individuals whose loved one was not Active Duty at the time of his or her death, TAPS can still provide connections to experienced grief and trauma counselors through Give an Hour. Give an Hour is nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families. TAPS is happy to connect surviving family members with counselors through the Give an Hour program.
Information about Give an Hour is available at: www.giveanhour.org.
Mending the Family CircleBy Darcie D. Sims, PhD, CHT, CT, GMS
Once I lived the American Dream. We were a happy family, military by career and parents by choice. And with the birth of our son, our family was to have been complete…whole…two kids so no one would have to fight over a window in the back seat, two kids because I had a lot of recipes that served four. We called him Big A and he had a big sister named Allie. We were the American Dream, at least for a little while.
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