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Out of Darkness Comes The Light.

Helping move you from a culture of grief aversion to one of acknowledgment and compassion.

Grief is a result of all the losses we have experienced during the pandemic. Loss of nomalcy, loss of connection, loss of stabiliity, loss of the ability to enjoy a meal, a concert, a game. Relationships are strained from the stress of the unknown.

The grief due to the accumulation of losses, great and small, is wearing on all of us.

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Grief Conversations | Webinars | Presentations
Our Mission

Who We Are

"Grief is universal, but grieving is unique to every individual."
Melissa Douaire

Our goal is to help you become comfortable holding space and being present with those grieving in your communities.  Once you understand grief's attributes and symptoms, you will gain compassionate listening skills to enhance all your relationships.

Individualized Grief Support

We offer confidential and compassionate individualized grief support acknowledging  all aspects of your life which are impacted by loss.

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Webinars And Presentations

Webinars and presentations are available for faculty, client-centered businesses, managers, and employees. We teach individuals to be comfortably present with those grieving, and cultivate environments which will foster kindness and support.  The wellness of all deepens trust and respect.

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"You gave me courage to use my voice. Your smile and gentle way of helping me made me feel safe."

Clients

Whole Person Conversations

Melissa McCreery Douaire, M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C has over 15 years of experience walking beside the grieving. She helps others by giving them the tools necessary to acknowledge and address the grief we will all eventually experience, understand the impacts of loss, and find the meaning in owning our mortality. “Healthy healing allows us to live intentionally, treat each other kindly, and gently walk through dark days back into the light of hope,” comments Melissa.

Melissa is known and recognized for her gifts and expertise as a compassionate listener, faithful optimist, and knowledgeable confidante. Melissa earned her Masters in Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. Melissa is an ordained UCC minister and a certified grief counselor. Early in her career, after earning a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from DePauw University, Melissa taught at the elementary and college levels.

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Testimonials
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Excellent webinar!
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In the 11 months I have been attending Innovative Educators workshops, this was probably my favorite. Excellent workshop!
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Melissa was fantastic. In just one session she was able to help me figure out where my grief was coming from and recommended more in person local therapy.
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I appreciate your knowledge, compassion, wisdom and care. You have been a big help to me this past year and it is reassuring to have you in my corner. I/ we, the church community, are lucky to have you with us on our journeys.
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Thank you for always being there in our time of need. Your words, caring, and wisdom were so helpful as we navigated our son's difficult journey, and they still resonate.
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You are a gift to all who know you. Keep beaming your light!
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Melissa had some very unique suggestions, and she had a way of making me feel at ease during this difficult conversation.
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I so appreciate your love and support through my parents' illnesses and my mom's passing last summer. I always knew you were there if I needed it.
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You helped me so much after losing my husband. You helped me get through the grieving, and I thank you so much for that.
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(With) the recent loss of a loved one, the presentation was very helpful.
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Love your caring and loving approach to those in pain or in trials.
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I felt a great burden lifted after only an hour meeting. She listened and provided constructive solutions in a compassionate and professional manner
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We are blessed to know you and have been so grateful for all the support you have given us through our (infant son's) death and our next pregnancy. It has made a world of difference to us. You have a gift for what you do and we are fortunate to be recipients of that gift.
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Melissa is helping me balance my personal life and become more productive at work.
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Thank you for the sermon on Sunday. It was just what we needed to hear at this time... My 18 year old cousin, who is gay, was at the baptisim and it brought me to tears to see her feel loved and supported. Thank you for a morning our family will never forget.
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"Melissa had some very unique suggestions, and she had a way of making me feel at ease during this difficult conversation."