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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.

Support Groups

  • Cleo's Caregivers Group
    • For current caretakers of ill or aging pets
    • Third Tuesday of most months, 12-1:30 pm
    • Pet Grief Support Group
      • First Tuesday of most months, 7-8:30 pm

All support groups are held at Ryan Hospital.

Contact Us

Michele Pich, Grief Counselor, Penn Vet

Michele Pich, MA, MS
Grief counselor
Ryan Hospital
3900 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

What We Offer

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Counseling Services

All are welcome to attend the Pet Loss Support Group or Cleo's Caregivers Group — a group for pet lovers with chronically ill or aging pets — that meet regularly at the Rosenthal Imaging Treatment Center (RITC). While reservations are not required, you may email Michele to let her know you'll be attending or if you have questions. Each group gathers in the main hospital waiting room, located in Ryan-VHUP. Groups are then held in the conference room of the RITC and it's best to arrive a few minutes early.

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Grief Support Resources

When you have lost a companion, it's helpful to better understand what you are going through. We've assembled some resources that might help you through this difficult time.

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Community Outreach

Penn Vet's Ryan Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to connecting and contributing to the surrounding community. Through animal visitation, humane education and collaboration with other agencies, the program strives to build relationships, support the human–animal bond and further the larger mission of veterinary community outreach.

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Useful Links

We've compiled some useful links that our clients have found helpful, including information on pet loss, pet insurance, scrapbooks, and our Facebook page.

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