The Mind of a Murder Victim

There is nothing quite like knowing your loved one was murdered. The fact that they were insignificant, possibly even repulsive enough for someone to take deliberate brutal violent action to stop them from breathing is something that never ceases to haunt you. It can...

5 Ways To Create Memories With Your Loved One Who Died

Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 2/13/2016. One of the most painful parts of grief is facing a string of tomorrows without your loved one. Whether you lost the love of your life last month or were in utero when your dad was killed, your older brother lost his...

An Easter Angelversary

Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 2/13/2016. March 27 is Easter Sunday this year. To many it’s a day to reflect on the life of Christ and the miracle that occurred over two thousand years ago. For many others, it’s that beautiful time of year when Cadbury Mini...

Running for Dad on Father’s Day

Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 2/13/2016. When I first started writing for TAPS it was just kind of a given I would be submitting a Father’s Day post. I thought this would be one of my easiest submissions—until I attended the TAPS National Military Survivor...

Birthdays Without Dad

Originally posted on the TAPS Website on 6/19/2016. January 31, 1974. At about 8:30 AM Burr Johnson III stood next to his sweet wife, Nanette in the delivery room. It had been a long night since her water broke late the afternoon before and things had just started to...