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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Visit Dougy Center's new online bookstore

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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
July 8th, 2021

When Your Pillar Parent Dies - Grief As A Young Adult With Monday Mourning

It's our 200th episode! To celebrate we talked with Harry, Gabby, and Madison, the crew behind the Monday Mourning Podcast and the Dead Parents Club. Gabby and Madison's mom died of cancer in 2016 and Harry's father died, also of cancer, the next year. As friends and members of the Dead Parents Club, the three of them talk openly and irreverently about grief in a way that makes it more comfortable for others to talk about something no one really knows how to talk about.  read more...

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News & Events

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July 20th, 2021

New book explores The Dougy Center Model

Dougy Center is proud to announce its newest resource, The Dougy Center Model: Peer Grief Support for Children, Teens, and Families. Written by Dr. Donna Schuurman and Dr. Monique Mitchell, and generously funded by the New York Life Foundation, the book provides an in-depth look at Dougy Center's history and the theoretical framework of the model that has been used to build and grow more than 500 programs throughout North America and around the world.

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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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June 18th, 2021

Dougy Center Launches New Bookstore

Find helpful resources created specifically for kids, teens, families, and professionals at the new Dougy Center Bookstore. The online store features books, videos, brochures, and workbooks on a wide variety of topics related to grief and loss before and after a death. We're especially excited to introduce our newest title, The Dougy Center Model: Peer Grief Support for Children, Teens, and Families.

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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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