Rev. Stan Bumgarner M. Div. LADAC II

M. Div.

Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2006, Stan began his career in alcohol and drug counseling, working first in Cumberland Heights Intensive Outpatient Program, then as primary counselor of the Cumberland Heights Extended Care Residential Program. Stan has been spiritual director at Cumberland Heights since 2016 where he provides individual pastoral care to patients, teaches large and small group spiritual education classes, and leads Twelve-Step based Sunday services. He also serves as pastor to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clarksville. He is the newest member of SCATP, the organization of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals.

10:15am – 11:45am EDT

Monday October 26th

Finding Healing When Grief Gets Complicated

1.5 CE Credit

We all experience loss in our lives—it’s an inevitable part of being human.  Some losses we hurt over, manage, and move past.  Others stop us dead in our tracks, leaving us feel stuck in the pain and grief.  This is complicated grief: those instances of loss which we feel stuck and unable to get past.  In this presentation we will explore how and why grief can become complicated, and where it critically overlaps and impacts active addiction and early recovery.  We will discuss how to identify where a client is stuck and help guide them back to a healthy grieving path, through means of education, spirituality, coping skills, and therapeutic processing.  We will also explore the value of making meaning out of our most painful losses in life by sharing stories of clients we have helped guide along this journey.