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December 2, 2022
NIPISSING FIRST NATION — Michèle J. Chrétien, Shawanoong Noongoose Kwe (Southern Star Woman), attended an in-person graduation ceremony on Oct. 27 and was honoured as an Indigenous Graduate of the Thanatology Certificate Program – with Honours at Durham College in Oshawa, Ont.
Thanatology is also known as grief or compassionate counselling and is the scientific study of how people cope with tragedies, death and dying. Thanatology aims to promote understanding of death and how it affects individuals, whether the death is a result of a long-standing chronic illness an acute condition, or a traumatic event.
Chrétien is an Anishinaabekwe resident and member of Nipissing First Nation. Chrétien’s goal is to launch a private practice in compassionate counselling infusing holistic practical, psychosocial, therapeutic, cultural, and theoretical knowledge in the near future. Chrétien said she has been fascinated about emotional and metaphysical growth her entire life and has consistently obtained roles of oshkabewis kwe (helper) walking with those in various stages of life issues, grief, trauma, healing, health, and spiritual wellness.
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