News from Dougy Center, March 2023

Upcoming Events

26th Annual Porsche Boxster Raffle

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Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

March 9, 2023

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Grief as a Mental Disorder: The Movement to Pathologize Grief

April 6, 2023

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Reflection Benefit & Auction

May 12, 2023

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2023 International Summer Institute

July 24-28, 2023

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Dougy Center's understanding of grief

When someone in our lives dies, it’s natural and normal to grieve. What that grief looks like can be different for everyone.

Grief can be complex and complicated as we try to cope with and adapt to everything that changes.

How others respond to us in our family and larger community impacts our experience, and there are sometimes larger social or historical issues that influence the ways we grieve.

Grief disrupts our lives and often challenges how we see ourselves, how we connect with others, and the beliefs and assumptions we hold about the world.

When someone dies, we can feel very alone and isolated. Supportive connections and community can help.

We may also feel helpless and powerless when someone dies, so finding ways to feel like we have choice and agency in our lives can be empowering. The world can feel unsafe and uncaring when we’re grieving, so finding ways to be physically, emotionally, and psychologically safe helps.

While others may have ideas about how we “should” grieve, everyone’s experience is unique.

There are no “right” or “wrong” ways to feel, and there are no universally predictable “stages” or “phases” or “tasks” a person needs to “follow” in order to grieve “correctly.”

Simply stated, there is no “finish line” for grief. When someone we care about dies, their loss is woven into our identity. It’s okay to miss them for the rest of your life.

If you or someone in your life is grieving, you can find grief resources here. Learn more about Dougy Center's campaign to #UnderstandGrief here.

Activity: What I Know

When supporting children and teens who are grieving, being honest and open about the death can be difficult, but is also extremely important. It minimizes the confusion that comes from misinformation and keeps children from having to use their limited energy and inner resources trying to figure out what happened.

This activity, available in both English and Spanish, can help children and teens think about questions they have about how their person died, and identify trusted adults who can help answer these questions. Download the activity in English here, and the Spanish version here.

Porsche Boxster Raffle tickets are selling fast!

Don't miss your chance to win a brand new 2023 Porsche Boxster valued at $69,970! Tickets are just $100 each and only 2,500 tickets will be sold. All proceeds will help fund peer grief support groups, resources, and community outreach programs for kids, teens, and families.

All ticket-holders will be entered to win two additional $500 cash prizes! The next $500 drawing is Friday, March 10, 2023. Cash prize winners will be included in all drawings. Purchase your tickets before noon on March 10 to be eligible. The ticket for the Porsche Boxster will be drawn on May 12, 2023.

Find complete rules and purchase your ticket here.

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