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Grief Support & Social Services

Penn Vet, Ryan Hospital, grief servicesThe Veterinary Grief Counseling Program at Penn Vet’s Ryan Veterinary Hospital was created to address the emotional needs of pet parents/owners who have lost a companion animal. This program was one of the first of its kind in a veterinary hospital setting.

The Veterinary Grief Counseling Program recognizes and embraces the significance and difficulties associated with pet loss. By promoting education about the human–animal bond, grief and bereavement, the Veterinary Grief Counseling Program strives to improve coping and adjustment for those who have lost a beloved companion animal.

What We Offer

Support Groups

Michele Pich, Grief Counselor, Penn VetMichele Pich, MA, MS
Grief counselor
Phone:
215-746-8247
Email: mpich@vet.upenn.edu
Ryan Hospital
3900 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Penn Vet Pet Grief
Support Group:

First Tuesday of most months, 7-9 pm

Cleo's Caregivers Group
(for current caretakers of
ill or aging pets):
Third Tuesday of most months 12-2 pm

 

  • Tonight we have Morgan taking your call on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6-8pm EST. Give her a call if you need a compassionate ear for you pet grief & loss needs.
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6-8pm EST. Give her a call if you are looking for a compassionate ear for your pet loss needs.


  • The hotline is closed this evening, but will resume next week. Please email our Veterinary Grief Counselor at: mpich@vet.upenn.edu with any urgent pet grief concerns
  • Tonight we have Morgan taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Our Veterinary Grief Counselor, Michele Pich, will be an invited guest on 920Am "The Voice" radio on a show called "Pets and Their People" from 1:30-2p today with host George Parente. She'll be talking about Pet Grief & the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Program.
  • We have Efi taking your calls tonight until 8pm EST on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556.
  • WHYY interview from this past Monday (Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb) relating to the Human-Animal Bond and the grief of losing a pet is discussed by our Veterinary Grief Counselor, Michele Pich, during the 2nd half of the show:
    http://whyy.org/cms/voicesinthefamily/our-pet-bond/


    Our Pet Bond | Voices in the Family | WHYY
    whyy.org
    Many of us feel our pets are family, but what is that special bond? We’ll look into that remarkable inter-species relationship and talk to the author of Weekends with Daisy about a unique prison program that trains service dogs to assist people with disabilities.
  • While there will not be a Cleo's Caregivers' Group this month (which would have normally been schedule for tomorrow, Tuesday, 3/17/5 at 12pm), our Veterinary Grief Counselor will be at the hospital available for individual appointments from 1pm on. You can email Michele Pich, M.A., M.S., at: mpich@vet.upenn.edu. Sorry for inconvenience.




  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn Vet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Katie taking your calls in the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6-8 p EST
  • We have Erin taking your calls tonight on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 7:15pm at (215) 898-4556.




  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6-8PM EST at (215) 898-4556.




  • The Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline is closed tonight and the coverage may be spotty until January due to the transition between semesters and many of our volunteers being back in their home states temporarily. Sorry for the inconvenience. There will be updates here about which evenings the hotline is open and the times that a volunteer is available.
  • Unfortunately the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline is closed tonight, will re-open soon. Sorry for the inconvenience.




  • Katie is taking your calls tonight until 8pm EST on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at 215-898-4556.
  • Resa will be taking your calls tonight on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support hotline. Give her a call at (215) 898-4556 from 6-8pm EST.
  • The pet grief support hotline is closed this evening but will re-open next week.
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn vet Pet Grief Support hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6-8pm EST. Give her a call if you are looking for a compassionate ear for all of your pet grief loss needs


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