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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 Erin 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 all of your pet grief loss concerns.


  • Tonight we have Katie taking your pet grief calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline until 8pm EST at 215-898-4556
  • Erin is taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline tonight from 6-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556. Give her a call if you need someone to talk to about all of your pet grief needs.
  • Tonight we have Erin taking your call on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6:30-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.


  • Michele Pich, M.A, M.S., Penn Vet's Veterinary Grief Counselor will be talking about Pet Loss with Lorry Young on "A Paws For Your Pet" News/Talk1400 WOND today at 2:15PM EST in the South Jersey and Philadelphia region.
  • Tonight the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline will be open. Erin will be taking your calls from 6:30pm-8pm EST at (215) 898-4556.
  • Tonight we have Jonathan taking your calls on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline from 6-7pm EST at (215) 898-4556. Give him a call for a compassionate ear for all of your pet grief needs.
  • ATTENTION: CLEO'S GROUP CANCELLATION: we will not be holding Cleo's Caregivers' Group this month (the support group for those caring for sick or aging pets which is normally held on the 3rd Tuesday of most months). Group will resume in September. Please email our Veterinary Grief counselor, Michele Pich, M.A., M.S. at: mpich@vet.upenn.edu with any questions or for individual support.
  • Tonight we have Katie taking your call on the Penn Vet Pet Grief Support Hotline at (215) 898-4556 until 8pm EST


  • 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.
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