News from Dougy Center, July 2024

Upcoming Events

Focus on Hope

October 2024 Details coming soon

Children's Grief Awareness Day

November 21, 2024

Dougy Center Grief Education Webinars:

Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

September 5, 2024

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Navigating Grief During the Holidays

October 3, 2024

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Too Young to Grieve? A Dougy Center Children's Grief Awareness Day Webinar

November 21, 2024

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Support Dougy Center through Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program

Recognizing bereavement as a national public health issue

Donna Schuurman, EdD, FT, Dougy Center’s Senior Director of Advocacy & Education, was among 20 national bereavement experts invited to Washington D.C. in June for a two-day meeting hosted by the Department of Health & Human Services.


The group was tasked with addressing the long-standing need for strengthening the Federal Government’s system of support for people who are grieving, and recognizing the need for quality bereavement care as a public health issue.


“I appreciated the dialog around how to best support people who are grieving,” Donna said. “I look forward to seeing these ideas and the topics we discussed develop into meaningful bereavement care.”


Dougy Center continues to be called upon as a national thought leader, advocating on behalf of children and families who are grieving. We will continue to provide updates to this important work as it progresses. 

Dougy Center partners with Urban Gleaners to provide food donations for participant families

After the death of a family member, many of Dougy Center's participants report increased financial strain, and 31 percent of our families live below the poverty level. For these reasons, Dougy Center's grief support programs have always been completely free to families.

And now, as part of a new partnership with Urban Gleaners, a non-profit organization in the Portland area, Dougy Center families can also receive perishable and non-perishable food when they come to groups this summer.

"Urban Gleaners has been a natural fit for Dougy Center and the families we serve," said Brennan Wood, Dougy Center's Executive Director. "We are thrilled to be able to provide food for those who need it this summer, and appreciate this support from our community."

Find more about Urban Cleaners here.

FREE TO ATTEND: Too Young to Grieve? A Dougy Center Children's Grief Awareness Day Webinar

A common myth is that children may not be impacted like adults after a death. In fact, it's not uncommon to hear comments such as "They are too young to understand" when referring to children's experiences of loss. Join Dougy Center staff for this free webinar where we dispel myths and raise awareness about children's grief.

November 21, 2024. 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PST

Register here by 10 a.m., PST November 20, 2024

Thank you to the New York Life Foundation for their continued support on topics surrounding equity, inclusion, and Dougy Center's commitment to children who are grieving.

Dougy Center staff share their knowledge and experience with other helping professionals

Several members of Team Dougy shared their expertise at the National Alliance for Children's Grief 2024 Symposium last month in Denver, CO. Thank you to NACG and all who attended!

  • Cristina Chipriano, Director of Training & Program Equity, and Alysha Lacey, Director of Program Services presented "Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: The Importance of an Equity Lens in Partnerships"

  • Donna Schuurman, Senior Director of Advocacy & Education, and Brennan Wood, Executive Director helped lead a panel discussion on "Ethical Storytelling: Sharing the Impact of Our Work Through Our Participants"

  • Brennan Wood, Executive Director, facilitated the Regional Forum for organizations based in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

  • Donna Schuurman, Senior Director of Advocacy & Education presented "Drop the Dysfunction: Candid Talk About Suicide"

  • Monique Mitchell, Chief Innovation Officer & National Director of L.Y.G.H.T. facilitated a Research & Evaluation Forum

  • Cristina Chipriano, Director of Training & Program Equity facilitated a Serving Spanish Speaking Grievers Forum.
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