Gentle, Honest, and
"Debbi Dickinson is a gentle, honest and insightful young woman whose gift is
her ability to integrate the insights of her wisdom and experience, with the gifts of her
heart. She has the gifts of her personal journey, and her FAITH to share with you."
Dr. Reverend Richard B. Gilbert -
The Dr. Reverend Richard B. Gilbert, D. Min., BCC, The World Pastoral Care
Author of "HeartPeace: Healing Help for Grieving
Folks" and "Responding to Grief: A Complete Resource Guide"
Debbi has experienced much personal grief, including four miscarriages and the death
of her parents over many years, including
- Junior - 24 DEC 80 - Christmas Eve
- Kimberly Melissa - 25 AUG 87 - 10 days after the death of her mother
- Angel Winter Dawn - 25 DEC 89 - Christmas Day
- Ashley Brooke - 03 SEP 95
- After living with Debbi and her husband since 1987, her father died of Alzheimer's
Disease peacefully on 24 JUL 94
- Debbi has no living children
Helping and Teaching
"Debbi Dickinson has walked the road of grief far too many times, yet she has
taken her experience on a healing path to enrich, help and teach others. I am sure that
you will find her presentations enriching, as well as being full of knowledge and helpful
wisdom for those on a grief journey."
- Paul Alexander -
Singer - Songwriter
Debbi has a B.A. degree in Psychology from Westfield State College, Westfield,
Massachusetts, USA. She attended a Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Illinois
School of Professional Psychology-Chicago.
She has advanced certification in pastoral bereavement counseling after having
trained with Dr. Patrick Del Zoppo of the Archdiocese of New York. She has received a
certificate in Advanced Study, completing an intensive Bereavement Training Program in the
personal and technical skills of bereavement care giving on the issues of complicated
mourning. The program is approved by the
She also received a certificate in 60 hrs. of completion of study in the
Advanced Skills and Techniques of Bereavement Counseling with
specialization of study in Bereavement Assessments and Diagnosis,
Essentials of Clinical Empathy Recognition and Response to Complicated
Mourning, Developmental Issues within the Mourning Process, Treatment
and Response to Crisis Intervention, Pastoral and Spiritual Issues
within the Bereaved and Family Systems, completed through Saint Paul
National Center (Bereavement Ministry, Education and Research, N.Y.,
N.Y.) and The World Pastoral Care Center for Death Education in America.
In October 1998, she completed the Bereavement Specialist Skills
Training and Certification Program (by the American Hospice Foundation
and World Pastoral Care Center.
Debbi's work has appeared in over 400 publications. She was on a
Chicago radio talk show in March 1997 and has been featured numerous
times in newspapers. Debbi was interviewed by a Japanese author
for a book about grief that will be coming out in Japan in the near future.
Debbi Dickinson was a guest on an internet grief chat forum December 26,
1998. This event was held by The Meeting of Hearts website (http://www.meetingofhearts.com).