National Nonprofit Assisting All Those Grieving the Death of a Loved One Who Served in the Military Offers Advice to Help.
It’s a time of uncertainty for our nation as we face the threat posed by the Coronavirus, and for those who are already struggling with grief, these troublesome times add more stress.
At any given time, about 7.5 percent of the U.S. population, or 25 million people, are grieving a death that occurred under normal circumstances. The added weight of uncertainty and the threat of the Coronavirus can add to the trauma and stress load carried by the bereaved.
“We are being asked to keep a physical distance now between ourselves and others and this national emergency adds stress for those who are already grieving,” said TAPS Founder and President Bonnie Carroll. “We need to build up each other and our community in new ways. We know the foundation of hope is community, and together we are unbreakable.”
To help, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers the following tips for the bereaved:
Take time to reflect. Slow down from a fast-paced lifestyle and allow yourself the time and space to reflect.
Practice self-compassion. Make time to recharge and spend time taking care of yourself, the way you take care of others who need support.
Pursue health and wellness. Make healthy food choices, get plenty of exercise and get adequate rest. Try to avoid stress-eating. Refrain from using excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine, and avoid tobacco, marijuana and illegal drugs.
Hone your mind and focus. Cope with stress and anxiety by practicing (or learning) some new meditation skills, breathing techniques, and mindfulness practices, or faith-based focused prayer.
Stay virtually connected to your social supports. Talk to family and friends through phone, texting, or video chats. If you see a therapist, call them to see how they will handle appointments; or locate a new provider who offers web-based or telehealth counseling services.
About TAPS
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the national organization providing compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has honored our heroes by caring for all those they loved and left behind. We do this through peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, casework assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups, and the National Military Survivor Helpline, which is available 24/7. Services are provided at no cost to survivors. For more information go to www.taps.org.