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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

 

  • The Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline is closed this week while our student volunteers are away at a conference, and will resume next week. Sorry for any inconvenience.
  • Katie is taking your calls tonight on pet grief and loss issues on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 until 8PM EST. Give her a call if you're looking for a compassionate ear.
  • Tonight we have Resa taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline tonight from 6pm-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.


  • Tonight Katie is taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6pm-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556. Give her a call if you are looking for a compassionate ear for your pet grief concerns.
  • Tonight we have Resa taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8 pm EST at (215) 898 -4556


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


  • Tonight we have Resa taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6pm-8pm EST
  • Tonight we have Resa and Johnathan taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline tonight until 8m EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • The Penn Vet Grief Support Hotline is closed this evening, but will be taking calls this coming Monday. Sorry for any inconvenience.


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


  • Efi will be taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST tonight at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight Resa is taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 7pm EST at 215-898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Erin and Resa taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at (215) 898-4556. Give them a call if you are looking for a compassionate ear.
  • The Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline is open tonight until 8pm EST, (215) 898-4556.


  • Tonight we have Katie and Erin taking your calls with a compassionate ear on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support hotline at (215) 898-4556 until 8PM EST
  • We have Erin taking your calls tonight on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 from 6pm-8pm EST.
  • Tonight we have Resa taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6pm-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your call on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 until 8pm EST. Give her a call if you are looking for a kind and compassionate ear for all of you pet grief concerns.
  • Tonight we have Anne taking your calls tonight on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at (215) 898-4556. Give her a call if you need someone to talk to about all of your Pet Grief needs.
  • JOIN US TODAY AT PENN VET RYAN HOSPITAL FROM 12PM-1:30PM FOR CLEO'S CAREGIVERS' GROUP (for those currently caring for sick or aging pets). No RSVP necessary, but feel free to email our Veterinary Grief Counselor, Michele Pich at: mpich@vet.upenn.edu
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • We have Sarah taking your call tonight on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline this evening from 6pm-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Scott taking your call with a compassionate ear for all of your pet grief and loss needs. Give him a call at (215) 898-4556 until 8pm EST.
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