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

When it might feel like most of the world has moved on from the pandemic, millions of youth need support as they navigate their lives without their person. If you or someone you know is grieving a death from COVID-19, these resources may help.

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Be the Light in Someone's Darkness

Support Dougy Center's programs and resources to help families who are grieving. Consider making a year-end gift today.

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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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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
December 8th, 2023

How To Talk About What Happened - Adam Sawyer

In January of 2022, Adam Sawyer had everything he dreamed of and more. His partner Kara was the love of his life. Their cat Lela was his all-time favorite animal. Their off the grid house, Whiskey Jane, was the best place he had ever lived. By the end of February, 2022, Adam lost all three of them. Kara and Lela died when Whiskey Jane was destroyed in a fire. read more...

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News & Events

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December 5th, 2023

New activity books to help kids and teens after a COVID death

When it might feel like most of the world has moved on, millions of children and teens grieving a death from COVID-19 continue to need support. With funding from the Brave of Heart Fund, Dougy Center created a new activity book for children and a new journal for teens, especially for youth grieving a COVID death. Both titles are available in English and Spanish and are free to download.

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May 10th, 2024

27th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle

Support families who are grieving by participating in the 27th Annual Dougy Center Porsche Boxster Raffle. The 2024 Porsche Boxster is valued at $74,560. Tickets are just $100 each and only 2,500 tickets will be sold.


January 18th, 2024

Dougy Center Grief Education Webinar: Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

Being grief-informed sets the foundation for understanding and responding to the needs of people who are grieving the death of someone in their lives. Misassumptions lead to misunderstanding and mis-treatment. Tune in for more information on this important topic, including the ten core principles of grief-informed practice.

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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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