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Bereavement Support

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Oradell Animal Hospital, in keeping with its mission of compassionate care, is pleased to offer a pet bereavement class for those mourning the loss of their precious animal companion within the past three monthsThe group meets once a month on Tuesday evenings promptly at 7:00 PM. Out of respect for bereaved group member late arrivals will not be permitted to join the group past 7:10 PM.  Group focus includes the sharing of memories, receiving support throughout the grieving process and honoring the lives of our very special friends. Participants may attend up to three sessions, which can be attended over the course of a year and the classes are free of charge.  Attendees must be at least 16 years of age or older.  The promotion of  products or services during this class is not allowed.

The group is facilitated by Susan Stone, LCSW a licensed clinical social worker with certifications in bereavement and who is also a former Delta Society Evaluator and Pet Partner Instructor. Ms. Stone initiated Animal Assisted Therapy Programs on several psychiatric units at Bergen County hospitals, and writes and speaks on the importance of the animal-human bond. Ms. Stone, a client of Oradell Animal Hospital formed the group after losing Dickens, her golden retriever and pet partner of many years.

In an effort to avoid overcrowding, classes are limited to clients whose pets are a patient of our hospital.  Please RSVP to or 201-262-0010 ext. 152 as registration for this class is required.

Pet Bereavement Support Group

Honoring the lives of our beloved animal friends.

Upcoming Dates:

Date/Time Event
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Bereavement Support Group
Oradell Animal Hospital, Paramus New Jersey

Facilitated by Susan Dowd Stone, a licensed, clinical social worker and an animal companion bereavement specialist and advocate Confidentiality, Validation, Understanding Group is free of charge Participants are encouraged to bring pictures of their pet. For more information please call (201) 262-0010 x152. Children must be 12 years or older to attend. Additional Resources: PetFriends Services is a hotline that provides free 24 hour grief support to NJ pet owners.  Call 856-234-4688 or 1-800- 404-PETS to speak with a trained, compassionate and non-judgmental support counselor.