Military families grieving loss attend seminar of healing

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Grief comes in all shapes and sizes, affecting any person from young to old and leaving an impact that could make hope seem unattainable.

When Bonnie Carroll founded the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, in 1994, she had her late husband Brigadier General Tom Carroll in mind.

Carroll turned her grief over her husband’s death in an Army plane crash to action, noting a lack of resources for grieving military families at the time.

“My husband was an Army officer, and he was a great leader,” Carroll said. “You know this is really something that he would do. It’s bringing people together, it’s finding a way forward. It’s letting people know that they’re life and service of their loved one is remembered.”

At the TAPS Southeast Regional Seminar and Good Grief Camp at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Jacksonville this weekend, recently retired and active service members have volunteered as mentors for military children at the conference…

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