News from Dougy Center, September 2022

Upcoming Events

Grief Education Webinars

Inclusivity, Intersectionality, and Grief

September 22, 2022

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Becoming Grief-Informed: Foundations of Grief Education

October 27, 2022

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Volunteer Facilitator Training

September 17 & October 1, 2022

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Portraits of Courage Campaign

October 17 - November 17, 2022

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National Children's Grief Awareness Day

November 17, 2022

Join us in the movement to #UnderstandGrief. Find out more here.

New resource focuses on support for queer and trans youth who are grieving

Through a collaboration with New Avenues for Youth, a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention and intervention of youth homelessness, Dougy Center recently published it's newest resource to support queer and trans youth who are grieving titled, "Holding Heart in Community: For Queer and Trans Youth and Those Supporting Them."

The collaboration arose out of the recognition that there is a lack of grief-specific resources for queer and trans youth and helping professionals who support them. 

To create the resource, Dougy Center facilitated a focus group with youth from New Avenues For Youth's Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC). We are grateful for their insights, suggestions, and willingness to share their lived experience of grief.

The new resource includes information on navigating family members and others who may not be supportive or affirming during an already difficult time, what queer and trans youth wish helping professionals understood about grief, and ideas for things to try when grief gets intense.

You can find the new Tip Sheet here.

Activity: What's in Your Backpack?

When we're grieving, it can feel like we're carrying around a lot of different emotions and may have different feelings at the same time.

This activity for kids and adults can help us identify all of the emotions we may be carrying and know that's it's ok to feel a lot of different ways. Download the activity sheet here.

Join us for the second annual Portraits of Courage Campaign, October 17 to November 17, 2022

Mark your calendar! Dougy Center's second annual Portraits of Courage Campaign kicks off on October 17, and culminates with a virtual celebration on National Children's Grief Awareness Day, November 17. This month-long event will raise awareness of how grief impacts children and families, and involves weekly fundraising incentives and peer-to-peer challenges. Portraits of Courage is an ideal way to bring new supporters to Dougy Center’s community and you can help! 

Join us for this fun and educational month of supporting children and families who are grieving! Here's how to take part in the campaign:

  • Host a small gathering of friends and family to share on the important work of Dougy Center. Learn more here.

  • Create an online fundraising page and send it to your community. 

  • Explore the inspiring fundraising pages and make a personal donation. 

Watch for more information and details on how to create your personalized fundraising page coming soon. For questions or to find out how you can be a Portraits of Courage sponsor, please contact Rebecca Sturges at 503-542-4827 or

We truly appreciate your support of children and families who are grieving!

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