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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Registration now open for the 2021 International Summer Institute: Virtual Professional Seminar

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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
April 12th, 2021

I Had A Brother Once - Adam Mansbach

Just weeks before Adam Mansbach's wildly popular book, Go The F**K To Sleep, was published, his brother David died of suicide. In interview after interview promoting the book, Adam worried that someone would ask about his brother, would catch him off guard with a question about the grief that was raw and painful. Now, almost a decade later, Adam's newest book, I Had A Brother Once, is a memoir in verse about David's life, death, and the confusing aftermath when someone dies of suicide.  read more...

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News & Events

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May 7th, 2021

Reflection Benefit & Auction

RSVP today and join us in support of children, teens, young adults, and their families who are grieving through the Dougy Center Reflection Benefit & Auction presented by Regence. This fabulous virtual event will feature children’s art, an online auction, and the final drawing for the 24th annual Porsche Boxster raffle! The Reflection Benefit will be held virtually online and on Fox 12+ in Portland. Host a Zoom party with family and friends, and get ready for a fun and uplifting evening!

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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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May 7th, 2021

24th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle SOLD OUT

All 2,000 tickets for the 24th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle have been sold! Thank you to our generous community of supporters for making this year's raffle a HUGE success. If you have purchased a ticket, tune in to the Reflection Benefit on Friday, May 7. The winning ticket will be drawn at approximately 7:45 p.m. Special thank you to our partner, Porsche Beaverton.

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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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