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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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2016 Reflection Benefit, Auction, and Raffle raises over $685,000!


The Dougy Center’s 2016 Reflection Benefit, Auction, and Raffle raises over $685,000 - the most successful fundraising event in the history of The Dougy Center!

On May 6, over 500 community leaders gathered at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate and support The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children & Families, at their 2016 Reflection Benefit & Auction presented by KinderCare Education. This year’s Reflection Benefit surpassed all others by raising the most money in Dougy Center history! It was an amazing night that included a silent auction showcasing a gallery of one-of-a-kind art designed by children and teens, an elegant dinner, a touching testimonial by a Dougy Center family and an exhilarating live auction.

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Congratulations to David Jackson - winner of the 19th annual Porsche Boxster raffle!


For the first time in 19 years – The Dougy Center Porsche Boxster Raffle completely sold out of all 2,000 tickets!

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A Belated Farewell: And best wishes to Thomas Robinson


It’s an exciting time for sports fans, with last night’s World Series setting a record for the longest first game (over 5 hours and 14 innings!), and here in Portland, Oregon, the first tip-off of the season tonight for our Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.

Shuffles and trades present us with a lot of new players, a team starting over. At The Dougy Center, we owe a belated goodbye to one of the players we lost in the trades in February: Power forward Thomas Robinson, enthusiastically called T-Rob during his time in Portland, where he was popular with the fans.

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The Dougy Center Hires New Executive Director


(Portland, Ore) - The Dougy Center is excited to announce the appointment of Brennan Wood as Executive Director, following the 24 year tenure of prior E.D. Donna Schuurman. Wood currently serves as The Dougy Center’s Chief Development & Communication Officer and will assume the new position October 15th. Schuurman will transition into a new role at The Dougy Center, as 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. 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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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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Information and support for teens by teens. Learn More learn more arrow