Loss of a Family Member

Honor and duty can be strong but loss is painful. Read and listen to stories of others who understand.

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  • Bereaved Military Family Members and Veterans Invited to Participate in Grief Study

    Posted on April 7, 2019 - by admin

    Guest Column by Stephen J. Cozza, M.D Memorial Day is coming and our nation will pause to honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen military service members. Deaths in […]

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  • Zaneta Gileno: TAPS Helps After Military Deaths

    Posted on October 6, 2018 - by Jessica Tyner Mehta

    Zaneta Gileno works for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit that supports people who lost loved ones in the military. As the Director of Community-Based care, Gileno […]

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  • Carole Hilton: TAPS for Widows

    Posted on October 3, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was a buoy for Carole Hilton, who discovered the program just a few days after her husband died. He was an active member […]

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  • Why Some Families are Resilient

    Posted on December 20, 2017 - by Gloria Horsley

    Kathleen Gilbert is based at Indiana University and specializes in grief counseling with military members and their families—however, she also works to help families build resiliency during deployment (without any […]

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    September 11th – 16 Years of Grief

    Posted on September 11, 2017 - by Heidi Horsley

    Sixteen years ago, our resilience as a country was tested when nearly 3,000 people were killed in the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.  We have come a long way since then, […]

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  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military

    Posted on May 31, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    Dr. Heidi Horsley talks about military post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with Dr. Ed Tick, an expert in the field. He’s the author of “War and the Soul” as well […]

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  • Stephanie Groepper: Spouse Loss

    Posted on February 29, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    Losing a spouse is unexpected, since you see yourself growing old with this person. Dr. Heidi Horsley talks to Stephanie Groepper, a military widow. She’s a psychology student and the […]

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  • Diana Wright: TAPS Youth Programs

    Posted on February 13, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    The recent National Alliance for Grieving Children conference brought together Dr. Heidi Horsley and Diana Wright of TAPS Youth Programs. She’s been a volunteer for five years, and came on […]

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    Darcey Fairchild: Nature-Based Grief Programs for Teens

    Posted on November 20, 2015 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the conference for the National Alliance for Grieving Children, Dr. Heidi Horsley talked with Darcey Fairchild who works with TAPS, an organization which serves military families. She began her […]

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    Traumatic Loss in the Military

    Posted on October 7, 2015 - by Bonnie Carroll

    Military loss is a unique kind of loss, but many others have been in your shoes. Bonnie Carroll shares her experience with Dr. Gloria Horsley. Carroll is the founder of […]

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    Summer Memories of my Father

    Posted on August 3, 2015 - by Michael Nunley

    Summer always comes with the memory of my father, Col. Billy F. Nunley’s funeral.  The funeral service was on July 2nd and that made the fireworks and military tributes of  […]

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    Don Lipstein: Losing a Soldier Son to Suicide

    Posted on July 27, 2015 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    In this episode of The Open to Hope Radio show, Drs. Gloria and Heidi Horsley interview Don Lipstein, who is a Peer Mentor Support and Training Coordinator for the Tragedy […]

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    Helping Military Kids with Traumatic Death

    Posted on March 28, 2014 - by Linda Goldman

    Ordinary fears are a normal part of a child’s developmental growth, and children create internal and external mechanisms to cope with these fears. But a child’s ordinary fears can be […]

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