How should we respond in times of tragedy? It is often difficult to know what to do or see. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS, see below for contact information) recommendations are listed below followed by several resources on CYFERnet that may be of assistance to those of you working with the children, families, survivors, and communities impacted by tragedy.
Reaching out to express condolences and support to the family members and friends left behind is a natural and heartfelt reaction to tragedy. TAPS offers the following tips for those seeking to express sympathy and support:
ABOUT TAPS TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since its founding in 1994 by bereaved military families, TAPS has helped more than 25,000 surviving family members and offered services to assist caregivers supporting families coping with a military death. Services are provided free of charge. For more information, go to www.taps.org or call the toll-free crisis line at 800-959-TAPS. TAPS released the above advice on November 5, 2009.