With a remarkable 35-year association with The Dougy Center, the inaugural bereavement center for children in the United States, Dr. Donna Schuurman stands as an internationally recognized authority in the field of grief, focusing on bereaved children, teenagers, and families. As the author of “Never the Same: Coming to Terms with the Death of a Parent,” Donna has contributed significantly to the discourse on coping with loss. Her expertise has attracted attention from various media outlets, including The New York Times, USA Today, and Redbook, where she has been featured in interviews. Donna’s commitment extends to her role on the Board of Directors of The Compassionate Friends and her founding position on the Board of the National Alliance for Children’s Grief.


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