Love After Loss (for women)

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Finding love again after the death of an intimate partner or spouse can be a joyous experience for those who are ready, but it can also raise mixed and complex emotions, such as how to honor the memory and continue the bond with the person who has died while moving forward with one's life. This type of life transition can raise many questions around areas such as trust, intimacy, and communication. It can also present unique challenges for those who have children or are considering blending families.

Join Dr. Carla Stumpf Patton and Ms. Susan Starnes as they discuss how bereaved female survivors can learn to honor their spouse or intimate partner who has died while also embracing new relationships and choosing to love again.


Carla Stumpf-Patton, EdD, LMHC, NCC, FT, CCT
Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Suicide Postvention Programs

Susan Starnes, LCSW-C
Wing Director of Psychological Health, Maryland Air National Guard

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Registration is FREE and open to the public. Continuing education is not available for this program.


Dr. Stumpf-Patton was pregnant when her first spouse, USMC Drill Instructor Sgt. Rich Stumpf, died by suicide in 1994. She contributes to TAPS’ efforts in supporting survivors of suicide loss as the Director of Suicide Postvention. Carla is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Fellow of Thanatology, and professional member of the American Association of Suicidology and Association for Death Education and Counseling. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in professional mental health counseling, and a Doctorate of Education, for which she completed her dissertation research on military families bereaved by suicide. Carla is currently married to an active-duty service member and is passionate about her work at TAPS.

Susan Starnes, LCSW-C, works with the Maryland Air National Guard as the Wing Director of Psychological Health. She supports service members and their families to improve and maintain their mental wellness. Ms. Starnes is a Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, where she holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Social Work. Susan is a surviving military spouse who has participated along with her children in TAPS programs for bereaved military families. She has since remarried, where she is raising a blended family along with her spouse.

How do I view the webinar?

Viewing instructions will be emailed to you several times in the days leading up to the webinar.

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Email or call 800-959-8277.

Presented by Boeing


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