The Oregonian: Grief ‘rebel’ Beverly Chappell, founder of Portland’s Dougy Center, dies at 92

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When Beverly Chappell met 13-year-old Dougy Turno at Oregon Health and Science University in 1981, adults didn’t talk to children about dying.

But Chappell observed that Turno wanted answers about his inoperable brain tumor — and that he benefited from talking to other children and teenagers facing their own fatal health problems.

Chappell turned that observation into Dougy Center, a 40-year-old nonprofit that annually helps more than 2,000 adults and children process grief and dying using a peer-support model that has shaped the field internationally.

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