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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

Reflection Benefit Dinner & Auction 2015

04/22/15

2015 Reflection Benefit Dinner & Auction
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.
The Portland Art Museum, Downtown Portland

Join us for the 2015 Annual Reflection Benefit Dinner & Auction. This fabulous evening begins at 5:30 p.m. and includes a silent auction showcasing a gallery of children’s art, an elegant dinner and a live auction filled with unique packages.

The evening culminates with the announcement of the 2015 Porsche Boxster Raffle winner at 9:30 p.m.

Purchase Benefit Tickets Today!

Schedule of Events
5:30 p.m. ~ Cocktails and Silent Auction, Fred and Suzanne Fields Sunken Ballroom

7:15 p.m. ~ Silent Auction Closing

7:30 p.m. ~ Dinner and Live Auction, Kridel Grand Ballroom

9:30 p.m. ~ Drawing for the 2015 Porsche Boxster Winner

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Win a Brand New Porsche Boxster (and $500)!

04/09/15

Tickets for the 18th annual Dougy Center Porsche Boxster raffle are now on sale.
Buy a ticket. Help a grieving child.

The 2015 Porsche Boxster is valued at $54,215. Tickets are just $100 each, and only 2,000 tickets will be sold. Get your ticket today and be eligible for three $500 cash prize drawings!

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Pathways Program for Families Facing An Advanced Serious Illness

04/09/15

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families offers Pathways for children, teens, and families facing an advanced serious illness.

Pathways is a place for children and families to share their experiences around an advanced serious illness. This is a safe, caring setting for participants to express their emotions and thoughts - all of them - and to allow them to find their own path during this part of their journey. We are a place for families to know they’re not alone.

Our peer support groups are designed for each member of the family: children, teens, young adults, parents or adult caregivers, as well as the family member who has been diagnosed with an advanced serious illness.

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When does a broken heart become a mental disorder?

12/18/13

This statement was developed by a workgroup at the meeting of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement in Victoria, British Columbia on April 28 – May 3, 2013. You have full permission to translate the document into other languages, and to distribute it via websites, blogs, the media, and other venues. It is our intention that the message be shared widely.

When does a broken heart become a mental disorder? Rarely, if ever.

But don’t tell that to the American Psychiatric Association, which has just released its fifth version of the
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM is a catalogue of mental disorders,
hundreds of them, each trailing a listing of symptoms. The manual informs selection of a diagnosis,
which is required by U.S. insurance companies for reimbursement for mental health care.

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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