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The Dougy Center's annual Fall Event, "Portraits of Courage" to feature discussion on the impact of grief on communities of color. - 10/07/20

Join The Dougy Center Friday, October 16, for its annual Fall Event, “Portraits of Courage.” Learn more about The Dougy Center’s work with children and families who are grieving here in the Portland area and around the world. The virtual event is free to attend. The pre-cast begins at 4 p.m. followed by the live program at 4:30 p.m. RSVP and learn more at

As part of Portraits of Courage, The Dougy Center is thrilled to welcome Dr. Tashel Bordere, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri. Dr. Bordere's research focuses on Black youth affected by grief, gun violence, and race-based trauma.

Statistics show that people of color are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, homicide, and gun violence. And while many of us can relate to our grief being disregarded, for Black youth and youth with marginalized identities, grief not only goes unacknowledged, but is often penalized. The result is a concept Dr. Bordere has identified as suffocated grief, which is rooted in systems of oppression and discrimination.

Dr. Bordere will discuss how the normal grief responses of Black youth and youth with marginalized identities, are met not with support and understanding, but with negative labels and punishment. By recognizing suffocated grief and its effects, we can begin the important work toward change.

The Portraits of Courage program will also include a virtual art exhibit with original photos by Dougy Center participants and volunteers around the theme “Through the Lens of Grief.”

Portraits of Courage would not be possible without the generous support of its Presenting Sponsor, KinderCare Education, as well as sponsorship from The Gunter Group, Pacific Power, Regence, The Standard, and Pacific Office Automation.


About The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving before and after a death can share their experiences. Locally, The Dougy Center serves over 500 children and adult family members each month through virtual peer support groups. The Dougy Center also provides information and training locally, nationally, and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. The Dougy Center does not charge for its support services, and relies solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. To learn more, visit