Our Story

The death of her mother put a passion in the heart of founding board member, Jill Horner, to provide free resources of healing and hope for those suffering loss. With God’s help, connections were made with a hospice nurse and several teachers, and their shared vision became a reality on February 24, 2009 with the opening of Heart of the Cumberland Grief Center.


Heart of the Cumberland is here to provide hope and healing for the grieving through Christ-centered peer support. Our bereavement and divorce support groups help you to identify and share your feelings, help you learn to talk about the changes in your family, and help you process the feelings associated with those changes. Meanwhile, your peer group will help you establish friendships with people who know how you feel.

Peer Support Groups

Journey Bereavement and Divorce Groups meet on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. for 10 consecutive weeks. Call 931-525-2600 or register online.

  • Breaking Through the darkness of loss

    Participants meet with others who have experienced a similar loss. Each week, grief tools and scriptures help with the healing process. Although the emotions, the length they last and the ways they need to be expressed are unique to each person, there is hope for everyone who participates.

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  • Navigating this maze of emotions

    Teen years can be challenging. Compound that with a loss, and teens can lash out or make poor choices. With the right tools, teens can identify emotions and learn to express them appropriately. Talking to peers helps teens realize they are not alone; and when they feel safe sharing, the healing begins.

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  • Destination Hope: The road from Loss toward hope and healing

    Bereavement and divorce groups for children take participants on an imaginary trip beginning at Hope Express Bus Station. As new destinations are visited, participants use a Journey Album to represent their emotions and learn appropriate ways to express them.

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Watch some of our volunteers and participants talk about their own Heart of the Cumberland experiences.

Sparky Testimonial
Logan Testimonial
Madison Testimonial
School participant

Ways to Give

Heart of the Cumberland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

  • Is God leading you to Volunteer?

    Call 931-525-2600 if you would like to facilitate peer support groups, provide office support, or help with events, fund-raising and grant-writing. Each volunteer must fill out an application and go through an extensive background check.

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  • We Depend on your support.

    Heart of the Cumberland provides services at no charge. Help us by giving funds, including us in your estate-planning or donating items. Click Donate NOW; send money to PO Box 2474, Cookeville, TN 38502; or call 931-525-2600 for more information.

  • Contribute to our successes.

    Sponsor one of our many events, programs or projects. By covering some or all of the expenses, you help us to continue our mission. Call 931-525-2600 to become an underwriter and in exchange receive free promotion and positive public sentiments.

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What’s new?

Mark your calendars for coming meetings and events. All grief support groups meet at Building G at 304 Short Street unless otherwise noted. Participants must be registered prior to groups beginning. Be sure to subscribe to our Heart of the Cumberland email updates.

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Map of directions to Heart of the Cumberland

Office Location
377 Short St. Suite A • Cookeville, TN 38501
Group Location
Stevens Street Baptist Church, Bldg. G 304 Short St. • Cookeville, TN 38501
P.O. Box 2474 • Cookeville, TN 38502

Our Staff and Board Members

Carolyn Scott email
Executive Director
Monica Walker email
Program Manager
David Chaney
Board Member
Patricia Fuller
Board Member
Molly Cornwell email
Accounting Manager
Kassandra Newman
Board Secretary
Jill Horner
Board Member
Paige Mills
Board Member
Ian Robson
Board Chair
Tammy Wilson
Board Treasurer