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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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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 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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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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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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Love your caring and loving approach to those in pain or in trials.
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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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(With) the recent loss of a loved one, the presentation was very helpful.
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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 not only used this service, but I also recommended it to my colleagues who suffered recent loss. Highly recommend!
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This topic was so well-done and useful. Thank you so much!
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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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Your encouragement and compassion have been a response to my prayers.
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Excellent webinar!
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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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The Webinar was highly informative.
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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!"