The Right Place When Nothing Feels Right

At Dougy Center, you will find support, resources, and connection before and after a death.

Grief and COVID-19

Millions of grandparents, parents, siblings, aunties, uncles, friends, co-workers, and extended family members have died of COVID-19 worldwide. Each person leaves behind family and friends, including children and teens, who are grieving. If you or someone you know is grieving a death from COVID-19, these resources may help

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Talking with kids and teens about school shootings and other mass tragedies

We know that school shootings and other mass tragedies affect so many more people than just those who are directly impacted. If you or someone you know needs ideas for talking to children about this or other tragic events, find Dougy Center resources through the link below.

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Live in the Portland area? Consider becoming a Volunteer Facilitator

Volunteer Facilitators play a crucial role in ensuring access to our bereavement program. They offer skilled support of children, teens, and adults who are grieving a death. Under the supervision of a staff member, Volunteer Facilitators create the safe space for children and teens who are grieving.

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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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Meet the Lucas Family

Brigitte Lucas began bringing her daughter, Braelynn, to Dougy Center’s “Littles” group twice a month after her husband, Ethan, died of COVID just a few days before Christmas in 2021. Dougy Center is one of the few places where Brigitte, Braelynn, and Blaykley can talk about Ethan and feel safe to express whatever they need. Like other young children who are grieving, Braelynn struggled after Ethan’s death as she tried to understand what happened. She was tearful sometimes, mad sometimes, and sometimes regressed to earlier developmental stages. Brigitte was amazed when these behaviors began to ease not long after they started a Dougy Center group.

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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
September 28th, 2023

How To Make New Memories

Katie Cosgrove experienced the death of someone close to her every year between the ages of 15 and 21. The first was her father, who died of brain encephalitis. For the next five years, Katie did what so many teens do - she didn’t talk about her grief. Until she did. Now, she's the founder of Grief is Good and the author of new children's book, "I'll see you in your dreams tonight," which invites children (and adults too) to find ways to make new memories with their person who died. read more...

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News & Events

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November 8th, 2023

Focus on Hope

Focus on Hope honors the shared experiences, hope and healing of Dougy Center participants. This meaningful event kicks off on October 1, 2023, and we invite you to host an online fundraiser that both educates and inspires your community to support the important work of Dougy Center. Join us for the inspiring in-person luncheon, including a panel discussion with Dougy Center teens and young adult participants who will share on their experiences in finding support through Dougy Center. Thank you for your meaningful support of Dougy Center to help children and families who are grieving!

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January 29th, 2024

2024 Virtual Professional Seminar

Join Dougy Center’s knowledgeable staff for an opportunity to explore the fundamentals of grief education across the lifespan. While the majority of helping professionals do not have formal grief education, the 2024 Virtual Professional Seminar will provide the tools and information to become grief-informed. Learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who support, or plan to support, children and families who are grieving.


November 16th, 2023

Dougy Center Grief Education Webinar: Gone Too Soon: Supporting Children and Teens After a Death from Gun Violence

Every day in the United States we are bombarded with stories of gun violence. Within every story, whether noted by the media or not, there are children, teens, and adults impacted forever by the death of someone in their lives: a parent, caregiver, aunt, uncle, sibling, or friend. In addition to grieving the death, survivors are faced with multiple additional factors which complicate their lives. Join us in this webinar as we explore these factors and ways to support children and teens who are grieving a death from gun violence.

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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 60,000 people find hope and healing.

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