Dougy Center provides grief support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families can share their experiences before and after a death.
Bottom Line for Portland
When facing the chaos that can accompany grief, children and families often find themselves in a society that doesn’t understand their needs. Dougy Center’s Grief Support Program allows children and teens to make meaning out of their experiences with others whose circumstances are similar, while gaining an understanding that they are not alone in their grief. Through bi-weekly facilitated support groups, children are able to express their feelings and thoughts without judgement or pressure, and work through their grief in their own time and in their own way. The Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM) estimates that 1 in 17 children will experience the death of a parent or sibling by the time they are 18 years old. That number nearly doubles by the time a child reaches the age of 25. When grief is unsupported, youth are vulnerable to isolation, anxiety, profound stress, and impacts on their socio-emotional development. Donating to Dougy Center ensures that grief support is available at no expense to families who are grieving and ensures that resources are available at no cost to the Portland Metro community when supporting children in grief is needed.
The support I got from the facilitator and others who had lost loved ones, helped me cope in a way no one else could have. The children had their privacy to talk and so did the adults. No judgement, no pressure to hurry up with my grief, just compassion and safety. I am eternally grateful! -Dougy Center Parent
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
As a member of the greater Portland community of nonprofits serving children and families, we seek to understand how our grief support services can complement and extend community and public health efforts to address persistent and documented disparities based on such characteristics as race, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, culture, disabilities, age, creed, religion, economic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and all other identities represented in our diverse community. We are aware that we, as an organization, do not exist separate from the oppressive systems perpetuating these disparities that privilege some individuals and communities and create barriers and harm to others. In recognition of this disparity, and the fact that families do not grieve in a vacuum untouched by cultural and societal influence, Dougy Center continues to clarify and articulate organizational values, policies, procedures, and practices addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion for staff, board members, volunteers, program participants, and stakeholders, including the community at large. Our goal is to provide a safe place for all children and families who are grieving a death, with increased recognition of societal, cultural, and historical factors that may impact grief and access to services.
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