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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.

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Oregon Brewers Festival Supports Grieving Children July 23 - 27


Portland Oregon’s Waterfront Park hosts the 27th Annual Oregon Brewers Festival
July 23 - 27, 2014! A portion of the proceeds to benefit The Dougy Center!

Pouring 88 different craft beers from around the country - plus another 100 in the Specialty Tent - the Oregon Brewers Festival is the quintessential celebration of craft beer!

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Yet Another School Shooting…Talking With Our Kids


Donna Schuurman, EdD, FT
Chief Executive Officer
The Dougy Center for Grieving Children

“This is a tragic day, one that I had hoped would never, ever be part of my experience,” Reynolds School District Superintendent, Linda Florence, Troutdale, Oregon.
~ From NBC News, June 10, 2014

This morning in our own backyard, another school shooting. Another victim.

A student murdered in school, just days before graduation. As Reynolds’ graduating seniors planned to celebrate the end of their high school years, symbolically stepping into young adulthood, this day will be indelibly marked in a very different way: As their official loss of innocence. It can happen here.

Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon now joins the macabre list: reportedly the 74th school shooting in the U.S. since the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Much has been written about the climate in which such tragedies occur, how to prevent them, and what role access to firearms plays. Much more will be said about prevention, mental illness, and social contributors to violence. And we have to ask: How do these events in schools impact the psyches of our youth, and just what, exactly, can we say to offer them any kind of comfort? How do we reassure them of their own safety?

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17th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle


17th Annual Dougy Center Porsche Boxster Raffle! And the winner is…

Thank you to all who purchased our Boxster raffle tickets!

The 2014 Boxster Raffle raised over $160,000 to support grieving children and their families who attend The Dougy Center.

Congratulations to Daniel McKenna (lucky ticket #0112) for winning the 2014 Porsche Boxster valued at $52,955!

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2014 Reflection Benefit & Auction a Great Success


Thank you so much to the over 400 people who attended our 2014 Reflection Benefit & Auction on Friday, May 9, at the Portland Art Museum. This year’s Benefit and Porsche Boxster raffle has raised nearly $500,000 for grieving children and their families!

It was a fabulous evening that included a silent auction showcasing a gallery of children’s art, an elegant dinner and a live auction filled with unique packages.

The evening culminated with the announcement of the 2014 Porsche Boxster Raffle winner.

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

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