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Help for those grieving the loss of a service member

Post by News Tribune Staff on Sep. 21, 2007 at 1:41 pm |
September 21, 2007 1:41 pm

POSTED this last month but wanted to move it up in case you might have missed it: The TAPS organization out of Washington, D.C., will bring its grief support and counseling programs to Fort Lewis on Sept. 22 for a one-day seminar for those who have lost a service member. They’ll also hold a mini-version of the Good Grief camp for children ages 5 and up.

Norma Melo from Fort Lewis writes to tell us that organizers especially want to reach out to people beyond the active-duty Army community at the post.

“I know that there are many families of soldiers, Marines, airmen, Navy and Coast Guard in addition to families who have lost someone in the Reserves or National Guard that have not had an opportunity to meet or speak with other families from the area,” Melo writes.

“Where it is easy for me to contact the widows here on post after they are notified, it is more difficult getting to the parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nephews, friends of our fallen,” she says. “The TAPS organization brings all those who are mourning a loss together and in the spirit of celebrating the life of our loved ones, we find a companion to help us along the journey of loss.”

For information check out the TAPS web site – a page with information about the Fort Lewis event is here. Or call 1-800-959-8277.

Sponsors include the TriWest Healthcare Alliance, which is contributing $17,500 to the Good Grief camps for children.

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