News from Dougy Center, July 2023

Upcoming Events

Canby Open House Events, 2-4 p.m.

July 11 & August 8

Dougy Center’s Walker’s House,

252 NW 4th Ave. in Canby

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Webinar: Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

September 7, 2023

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Gone Too Soon: Supporting Children and Teens After a Death from Gun Violence

National Children's Grief Awareness Day November 16, 2023

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Summertime and grief: Tips for supporting children and teens

Summer can be a season of mixed emotions for many families who are grieving.

The end of school may be a relief for some children and teens, especially if they struggled with having enough energy and concentration for class and homework. While others may miss the structure and social time that school provides.

Families may also wrestle with whether to continue summer traditions they shared with the person who died.

If you are the parent or caregiver for children or teens who are grieving, set aside time to talk about memories and traditions. Everyone might have different needs, which can require some negotiating and group problem-solving to come up with ways to meet them.

Reassure yourself and others that there is no right way to do summer and that it’s okay to figure it out together.

Looking for summer activities to help honor and remember your person who died? Dougy Center is posting activity ideas for people of any age on our social media pages throughout the summer. Here are two ideas you might find helpful:

Bubble Messages: Bubbles are a great way to share memories and messages in a group or on your own, while being outside. As a group, invite people to say a memory or a message to the person who died out loud or to themselves while they blow a bubble. This is also a good option for children to do on their own whenever they want to say something to the person who died.

Sidewalk Chalk Memories: Draw pictures or messages that remind you of your person. For those who struggle with painful images or regrets, they can write or draw those and then use a hose or a bucket of water to wash them away. Acknowledging and then intentionally erasing those images and regrets may help lessen their intensity.

Fore more tips and information about summertime and grief, download this Tip Sheet.

Find Dougy Center on TikTok

Dougy Center is now on TikTok! We look forward to using this platform to build community for people who are grieving, and provide information for people who are supporting others. We'll be posting Tip Sheets, podcast clips, videos, and more!

Follow us @dougycenter or find us here

Join us for these upcoming Grief Education Webinars

Dougy Center offers several grief education webinars throughout the year on topics related to supporting children, teens, and families who are grieving. All webinars are presented live and registration is required at least 24 hours in advance. Find more about these webinars and discounted pricing here.

Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

presented by Monique B. Mitchell, PhD, FT

September 7, 2023, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PDT

Cost: $65/person

Being grief-informed sets the foundation for understanding and responding to the needs of people who are grieving the death of someone in their lives. Misassumptions lead to misunderstanding and mistreatment. Tune in for more information on this important topic, including the ten core principles of grief-informed practice.

Gone Too Soon: Supporting Children and Teens After a Death from Gun Violence

presented by Cristina Chipriano, L.C.S.W.

National Children's Grief Awareness Day, November 16, 2023, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PST

Cost: $65/person

Every day in the United States we are bombarded with stories of gun violence. Within every story, whether noted by the media or not, there are children, teens, and adults impacted forever by the death of someone in their lives: a parent, caregiver, aunt, uncle, sibling, or friend. In addition to grieving the death, survivors are faced with multiple factors which complicate their lives. Join us in this webinar as we explore these factors and ways to support children and teens who are grieving a death from gun violence.

Navigating Grief During the Holidays

presented by Jana DeCristofaro, L.C.S.W.

December 7, 2023

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., PST

Cost: $65/person

The end of year holidays can be especially challenging for children, teens, and families who are grieving. In this webinar, we’ll explore various considerations during the holiday season for families who are grieving (e.g., expectations, pressures, rituals) and helpful ways to support families this holiday season.

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