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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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Pathways Program for Families Facing Life-Shortening Illnesses


The Dougy Center for Grieving Children & Families announces the start of the Pathways Program for children, teens, and families facing a life-shortening illness.

The Pathways Program will hold its first support groups in late October 2014.

Join us for the Open House on Friday, October 17!

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Fall Event 2014 - Portraits of Courage


Save the date for The Dougy Center’s Annual Fall Luncheon ~ Portraits of Courage

Please join us and learn more about The Dougy Center’s work with grieving children and families.

November 11,  2014
Reception at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch and program, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Sentinel Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue, Portland, Oregon

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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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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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...for teens

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