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
May 14th, 2024

Changing The Landscape Of Grief Support For Latino Families

Cristina Chipriano, LCSW, Dougy Center's Director of Equity & Community Outreach and Melinda Avila, MSW, CEO of OYEN Emotional Wellness Center, are committed to changing the landscape of grief support for Latino families. They bring personal and professional grief experiences to the work of ensuring that every Latino family has access to dual language grief support that honors their cultural values. read more...

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News & Events

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May 8th, 2024

Thank you for making the 2024 Reflection Benefit a HUGE success!

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the 2024 Reflection Benefit & Auction and to everyone who participated in the online auction! The event was truly a celebration of hope, transformation, and support for Dougy Center. We appreciate our generous community who make Dougy Center's important grief support programs and resources possible.

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May 8th, 2024

Congratulations to the winner of the 27th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for the 27th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle! We were overwhelmed with support and sold all 2,500 tickets! Congratulations to the winner of the 2024 Porsche Boxster with ticket number 1759!


April 25th, 2024

Dougy Center peer grief support program comes to Dougy's hometown

Dougy Center's L.Y.G.H.T. program (Listening and Led by Youth in Foster Care: Grief, Hope, and Transitions) provides peer grief support for youth in foster care. Currently, L.Y.G.H.T. is offered in several locations throughout South Carolina, and we're thrilled to announce a new community site will begin offering the L.Y.G.H.T. program this month in Aiken, SC, the hometown of our namesake, Dougy Turno.

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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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