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Content is from the Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon; our mentor.

If you know a child or teen who has experienced the death of a mother, father, caregiver, sister, brother, or friend, you may have wondered how you can help. At Cason’s Place: Grief Support for Children & Families of Eastern Oregon, facilitators will be offering peer support to grieving children and teens.

Volunteers at Cason’s Place have gathered together some of the most important things we have learned from grieving families and kids, and have made it accessible to you through this Website. Cason’s Place resources are simple and practical. You may want to use them to answer specific questions about how to help a grieving child, to locate support and resources for grieving children and families, or to learn how to communicate with the grieving community.

Adults are often too quick to offer advice, give opinions and make judgments. Adults think they know what’s best for children.  You may want to know what to say to a grieving child.

Try this:


After a death, many children want to share their story. They may want to tell you what happened, where they were when they were told about the death, and what it was like for them. Telling their story is a healing experience. One of the best ways adults can help young grievers is to listen to their stories.