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Who is conducting the study and why?

The research is being conducted by the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) and the Center for Complicated Grief. The multi-disciplinary research team is led by Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., Associate Director of CSTS/Director of the Child and Family Program and M. Katherine Shear, M.D., Marion E. Kenworthy Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia School of Social Work/ Founder and Director of the Center for Complicated Grief.

Who are the study partners?

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, The Travis Manion Foundation, Army Survivor Outreach Services, American Gold Star Mothers, and Gold Star Wives of America

Who can participate?

This study is intended for those 18 and older only. Eligible participants are those who are a spouse, ex-spouse, adult partner, child, sibling, parent (biological, step, or foster), other family member, or close friend of a service member who died while serving in the military or as a result of their military service, are able to understand written and spoken English, and have both an active email account as well as regular and consistent access to a personal computer and/or smartphone device.

Can children participate?

Unlike the National Military Family Bereavement Study, this study is conducted entirely online. Therefore, children may not participate.

How can using a virtual application help me?

The intervention may help you in areas which have been challenging for you after the death, decreasing your grief or distress. You may benefit from sharing your experiences about changes in your life during the period of adjustment following the death. Participation in this study may also help you evaluate how you are coping with the situation and whether you would like to request additional support after the study has ended. The information we learn about how well the intervention works in a military bereaved population will help the DoD and other community support organizations know how to provide the best support and inform the development of interventions for military survivor families and friends in the future. However, no direct benefit can be guaranteed.