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About

Melissa McCreery Douaire

Mellisa McCreery Douaire M.Div., M.Ed., GC-C, has years of experience walking beside the grieving. Since her mother's death in 2005, she has been passionate about helping those who grieve and supporting them through their journey.

Credentials & Certifications

DePauw University, B.A.
University of Virginia, M.Ed.
Chicago Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Certified Grief Counselor: American Academy of Grief Counseling
Certified Mediator
Prepare & Enrich Marriage Counseling
Stephen Ministry Leader and Minister
Clinical Pastoral Education
Mental Health First Aid
Northwestern University Faith and Leadership
Testimonials
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You gave me courage to use my voice. Your smile and gentle way of helping me made me feel safe.
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I think this is a very valuable offering. I was surprised at how much I benefited from one session with Melissa. The conversation felt natural and covered a variety of topics that were contributing to the struggle I was experiencing. I felt encouraged after our call, and the effects were long-lasting.
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Thank you for coming to see me and letting me let my frustrations out!
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(With) the recent loss of a loved one, the presentation was very helpful.
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This topic was so well-done and useful. Thank you so much!
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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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Thank you for your kindness, love and strong leadership.
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Love your caring and loving approach to those in pain or in trials.
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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 found this webinar particularly helpful. I believe that grief is not talked about as much as it should be. This really made an impact on me especially in today's society with COVID-19 grief as something that some many people are facing and struggling with. Thank you for all the vital information.
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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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Your words and example inspire me to be a better person. I especially admire your openess to embracing change. Everyone who knows you can't say enough about how much they adore you. You clearly have touched many lives, including mine, in profound ways.
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Thank you so much for letting me unburden myself to you. You are a remarkable person and a great blessing to me and all those to whom you minister.
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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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In the 11 months I have been attending Innovative Educators workshops, this was probably my favorite. Excellent workshop!
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My Story

In 2009 Melissa became a Stephen Ministry Leader through her work at her United Church of Christ (UCC) church. She trained those who worked with others and supported many within her UCC church family during their most challenging days. Melissa is known and recognized for her gifts as a compassionate listener, faithful optimist, and knowledgeable confidante.

Melissa earned her Masters in Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary and is an ordained UCC minister and certified grief counselor. Early in her career, after earning a Masters in Education from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Education from DePauw University, Melissa taught at the elementary level working with diverse populations and has also taught English Language Acquisition (ELA) at the college level.

Melissa teaches through webinars, facilitating retreats, and speaking engagements. Her passion is to acknowledge and address the grief we will all eventually experience, understand the impacts of loss, and treat each other kindly and gently while walking through dark days back into the light of hope.

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"You are a gift to all who know you. Keep beaming your light!"