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Dawn Cruchet has a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of New Brunswick and taught nursing for 15 years at John Abbott College in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from McGill University.

She worked in palliative care at the Palliative Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal both with nursing students and as a volunteer.

As a grief educator and counselor, in 1997 she developed and now co-ordinates the Growing Through Grief program for Mount Royal Commemorative Services. In this program, Dawn facilitates bereavement support groups, co-ordinates the bi-annual Good Grief Workshop for Grieving Children and Adolescents, works with staff and families, organizes commemorative services and offers community outreach.

Dawn gives training seminars and workshops to teachers, early childhood educators, nurses, social workers, health care professionals, psychologists, occupational and physical therapists, clergy, and caregivers on such topics as The Grief Journey, Helping Children Deal with Death, The Art of Dying, The Passion of Palliative Care, Running on Empty – How do we refuel?

As a consultant she offers communities, companies, schools, day care centers, and camps guidance, support and coping interventions when the death of a student, parent or colleague occurs.

She developed and has been teaching “Demystifying Death and Dying “ in the education faculty at McGill University since 1995. She co-developed and co-teaches the new Certificate in Palliative Care program in Cont. Ed. at John Abbott College.

Dawn is a member of ShareGrief online grief counsellors. www.sharegrief.com

She co-founded The Grief Centre in 2002 and she and her partner worked until 2009 with families who were dealing with loss by death or coping with terminal illness.

Dawn is a member of the Council on Palliative Care in Montreal, has served on the editorial review board for the Canadian Oncology Nursing Journal and is currently co-chair of the International Committee of the Association for Death Education and Counseling. She co-hosted ADEC's 2008 annual international conference in Montreal. www.adec.org

Dawn is well known in the area of grief education in Montreal. She has been featured in newspaper articles, appeared on local television and co-hosted the radio program “Good Grief”. She has presented workshops at conferences nationally and internationally.

Although Dawn has retired to the beautiful Madawaska Valley in Ontario, she continues to provide leadership in palliative care, grief and death education. She is available for speaking and workshop engagements as she continues to share what she has learned from "the experts" - dying patients and families and grieving children, teens, adults and families.



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