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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 is helping me balance my personal life and become more productive at work.
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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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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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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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In the 11 months I have been attending Innovative Educators workshops, this was probably my favorite. Excellent workshop!
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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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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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Thank you for your kindness, love and strong leadership.
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Thank you for coming to see me and letting me let my frustrations out!
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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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The Webinar was highly informative.
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Love your caring and loving approach to those in pain or in trials.
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This topic was so well-done and useful. Thank you so much!
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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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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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