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The Dougy Center provides support for kids, teens, and adults already grieving a death in the midst of COVID-19 (Photo) - 03/23/20

For kids, teens, and adults grieving the death of a loved one--their world has already been turned upside down. Now, grieving families face greater risks of social isolation, including their grief being minimized or forgotten in the face of this global health crisis. On top of this, the person many would have turned to for support in all of this might be the person who died.

To help parents and caregivers of grieving children, The Dougy Center, recently released a new tip sheet with ideas and resources for staying healthy and connected amid the changes and anxiety that the COVID-19 crisis brings.

“We saw a need in our community, and especially with the families we serve each month through peer support groups, for a resource that speaks directly to those who are grieving during this uncertain time,” said Brennan Wood, Executive Director of The Dougy Center. “Many of these families are already coping with big emotions and the stress that comes after the death of a loved one. Add to that a global pandemic, and the need for support is even greater.”

Engaging in family self-care, establishing routines, being honest about what’s happening, making time for grief, and finding ways to remember and talk about the person who died are some of the topics discussed in the new tips sheet.

“We want grieving families to know that we are here for them and we support them,” Wood added.

The Dougy Center staff is available by phone or email, and additional resources are available on

About The Dougy Center
The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death can share their experiences. In addition, our Pathways program provides a safe place for families facing an advanced serious illness. Locally, The Dougy Center serves more than 550 children and 425 adult family members each month with peer support groups in Portland, Hillsboro and Canby. Through the National Center for Grieving Children & Families, 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

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