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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Become a Volunteer Facilitator

Dougy Center volunteer facilitators work directly with kids, teens, young adults, and their adult family members, and play a crucial role in ensuring access to our bereavement program.

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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
April 4th, 2024

Conscious Grieving - Claire Bidwell Smith, LCPC

Maybe you're familiar with the phrase, "You can't go around grief, you have to go through it." Or, "You have to feel your feelings." If you're like a lot of people, you might cringe and also wonder, "What does that actually mean?" Grief isn't linear, and it's not something to get through - and yet, a lot of people appreciate having some sense of what to expect and what to do with it all. That's where Claire Bidwell Smith's new book, Conscious Grieving, comes in. Offered as a framework, not a formula, Claire suggests four ways to orient towards grief: entering, engaging, surrendering, and transforming. Claire comes to this work with her lived experience of losing both of her parents to cancer by the time she was twenty-five. She's a licensed therapist, international speaker, and the author of five books. read more...

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News & Events

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May 10th, 2024

2024 Reflection Benefit & Auction

Event Co-Chairs Andrew & Tia Over and Tara & Edward Kinateder cordially invite you to Reflection, Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave. This fabulous evening of celebration and connection begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the live auction at 6:30 p.m. The event culminates as we draw the winning ticket for the 27th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle! Funds raised through Reflection ensure that Dougy Center's grief support programs and resources are provided at no cost to families.

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April 8th, 2024

Thank you to Pacific Power!

As part of Dougy Center’s Reflection Benefit & Auction, we’re shining the spotlight on a generous corporate partner each week! It’s an honor to celebrate alongside Pacific Power! Their support of Dougy Center over the past 30 years has brought hope and healing to thousands of and families who are grieving. Thank you Pacific Power for your continued support of Dougy Center! Your generosity makes a positive difference and we are excited to celebrate with you on May 10.


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.

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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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