The Right Place When Nothing Feels Right

When someone dies, it can feel like you’re alone in your grief. At Dougy Center, you will find support, resources, and connection before and after a death.

Grief and COVID-19

Resources if you're grieving during this difficult time of physical isolation, or if someone in your life has died of COVID-19.

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New York Life Foundation Grant makes Dougy Center's New Website a Reality

This website made possible by a generous grant from New York Life Foundation

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Registration now open for the 2021 International Summer Institute: Virtual Professional Seminar

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Find Grief Support Near You

Locate peer grief support groups in Portland and around the world.

What We Do

At Dougy Center, we create safe spaces and free resources for children and families who are grieving. Our pioneering peer grief support model, professional training, and world-renowned programs and advocacy bring hope and healing around the world.

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The Impact of Dougy Center

Read stories about the positive impact of Dougy Center on children and families who are grieving

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Finding Support During the Pandemic

Ann Dagostino, and her kids Andrew (11), Alexis (7), and Nicholas (5), started coming to Dougy Center in 2017, after the death of their husband and father, Mark. Through both in-person groups before the pandemic, and now in virtual groups, the Dagostino family has found a safe place at Dougy Center. “It has given us the words and space to talk about our experience and our feelings, and about how our life has changed and moved forward since Mark’s death,” said Ann. She appreciates having a place to feel “normal” and where they can be with other families who are going through similar situations.

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Grief Out Loud Podcast

Grief Out Loud is our internationally acclaimed podcast where we talk openly about death, dying, and grief

Latest Episode
June 11th, 2021

Interviewing Grief - Caitlin Garvey & The Mourning Report

Caitlin Garvey's mother died in June of 2008, the summer after Caitlin's freshman year of college. Many years later, Caitlin decided to interview a series of people closely tied to her mother's illness and end of life. Those interviews, interspersed with Caitlin's memories and reflections, were recently published as The Mourning Report. read more...

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News & Events

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May 7th, 2021

Thank you for your support of Reflection!

Our heart-felt thank you goes to our generous community for coming together in support of Dougy Center at the Reflection Benefit & Auction on May 7. Because of you, we raised critical funds that will go directly to our programs to help kids, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death or an advanced serious illness.

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December 19th, 2020

Becoming Grief-Informed: A Call to Action

Everyone responds to grief in a unique way and grief can last a lifetime…and that is completely normal. After listening to and supporting thousands of children, teens, young adults, and adults who are grieving the death of someone in their lives, and with pandemic-related deaths increasing, it is time, now more than ever, to understand what it means to be grief-informed.

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May 6th, 2021

FOX 12 Oregon: Dougy Center gala will support nonprofit's mission of helping those grieving the loss of loved ones

Thank you to FOX 12 Oregon for this recent news story on Dougy Center's grief support programs!

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About Dougy Center

Dougy Center was founded in 1982 to support children and families who are grieving before and after a death. Today, The Dougy Center Model is world-renowned and has helped 55,000 people find hope and healing.

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