News from Dougy Center, June 2023

Upcoming Events

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

June 13, June 27, July 11, & August 8

Dougy Center’s Walker’s House,

252 NW 4th Ave. in Canby

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Webinar: It's Complicated: Death, Grief, and Estranged Relationships

June 8, 2023

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2023 International Summer Institute

July 24-28, 2023

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Webinar: Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

September 7, 2023

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Vote for Dougy Center through your Target app now to June 30!

Tips for supporting kids and teens after the death of a pet or companion animal

For many children and teens, the death of a pet is their first experience with loss and grief. Dougy Center's newest resource, Supporting Children & Teens After the Death of a Pet or Companion Animal, was created in partnership with DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in Portland.

This new resource provides information and language to help adults support children and teens before and after the death of a companion animal. Thank you to Debrah Lee, LCSW, Veterinary Well-Being Program Director for DoveLewis, for sharing these insights.

It's natural to want to protect your children and spare them from pain, but this experience with death, loss, and grief can help shape how your child will think about and respond to other losses in the future. Remember that children absorb information from many sources, and being open and honest in your communication gives you the best opportunity to help them understand what is happening and what to expect. 

You can allow children and teens to be part of the process by staying open and encouraging questions. Be mindful that too much information, especially all at once, may be overwhelming or lead to confusion. Follow your child’s lead and offer honest, simple, and direct responses to their questions.  

Talking openly to children about their companion animal’s illness can help them prepare and provide opportunities to say good-bye — perhaps through a letter, a drawing, or by creating more loving memories. Using age-appropriate books can help children begin to process their companion’s illness and death as well.  

Often, a companion animal’s death is sudden and unexpected. If this is true for your family, being honest about what happened, using books, and finding ways to still say goodbye can be ways to help children and teens begin to process the loss.  

Find the resource here and continue reading

Support Dougy Center through Target Circle, and cast your votes by June 30

We are honored and excited to announce that Dougy Center has been chosen to participate in a special charitable giving campaign, sponsored and funded by Target. If you live in the Portland area, you have the chance to help direct a portion of Target’s donation to us!

Now through June 30, vote for Dougy Center through the Target Circle program to help determine how Target’s donation will be divvied up. Find out more about Target Circle at

We’re asking our supporters to help us make the most of this incredible opportunity. Every vote counts to help us receive a portion of the available Target funds as we continue our mission to provide grief support for children, teens, young adults, and their families.

As you earn more votes, you can keep voting multiple times during the campaign. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to the 2023 International Summer Institute scholarship recipients

In partnership with the New York Life Foundation, Dougy Center awards four scholarships for full tuition to the International Summer Institute each year. Congratulations to our 2023 International Summer Institute Scholarship recipients: Stacey Johnson, Merone Eckert, Isabel Morales-Marvel, and Gwen Mysiak.

There are still a few spots available for the International Summer Institute this July 24-28. Join Dougy Center to discover the fundamentals of developing and operating peer support groups for children, teens, and families who are grieving. You will learn with colleagues from around the United States and beyond who plan to start or who have already established programs for children and families who are grieving. Find out more and register here.

Dougy Center hosts Open House events in Canby throughout the summer

Interested in learning more about Dougy Center’s local grief support programs for children and teens in Canby? Join us for a tour at Open House events on June 13, June 27, July 11, and August 8. All are from 2 to 4 p.m. at Dougy Center’s Walker’s House, 252 NW 4th Ave. in Canby.

Dougy Center’s Walker’s House was founded in 2005 and established through a partnership with the Walker L. Bean Foundation, Providence Willamette Falls Hospice Foundation, and Dougy Center in memory of Walker Bean. Dougy Center has three grief support groups in Canby that meet every other week for children and teens ages 6 to 18.

If you are unable to attend an open house, but would like to learn more, contact Dougy Center at [email protected] or 503-775-5683.   

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