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Support in a Safe Place

The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.

We provide support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. We are supported solely through private support from individuals, foundations and companies. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services.

News & Events

The Dougy Center’s Fall Event “Portraits of Courage”


We hope you’ll mark your calendars & join us to learn more about The Dougy Center’s work with grieving children and families.

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The Dougy Center’s Executive Director takes on new role after 29 years with the organization


For Immediate Release

(Portland, Ore)- The Dougy Center is excited to announce that Donna Schuurman, Ed.D., F.T., will be transitioning into a new role as the Senior Director for Advocacy and Training in order to focus on The Dougy Center’s national and international efforts in the field of childhood bereavement. Dr. Schuurman has served as The Dougy Center’s Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director since 1991 and as a member of the Board of Directors for 5 years prior to that role. This new position will allow Donna to transition out of the day-to-day administration of The Dougy Center’s programs to focus her efforts on advocacy, writing, and training.

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The Dougy Center’s International Summer Institute July 25-29, 2016


International Summer Institute
Developing Peer Grief Support Programs for Children and Teens

Join The Dougy Center’s knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to discover the fundamentals of developing and operating peer-to-peer support groups for grieving children, teens, and families. Learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who plan to start or who have already directly established programs for grieving children.

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Annual Benefit Raises Over $500,000 for Grieving Children and Families!


Thank you to everyone who supported The Dougy Center’s 2015 Annual Reflection Benefit Dinner & Auction.

It was a fabulous, fun, and uplifting night for over 400 supporters of The Dougy Center as we raised over half a million dollars for grieving children and families thanks to the generosity of individuals and corporate sponsors in our community!

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books & dvds

Resources for parents, teachers, and others helping children in grief. Plus activity books for children grieving a death. Learn More learn more arrow

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...for kids

For Kids: Activities and information to help kids in grief. Learn More learn more arrow

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...for teens

Information and support for teens by teens. Learn More learn more arrow