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Bereavement Support


Susan Dowd StoneSusan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW

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. The group meets once a month on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 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 five sessions, which can be attended over the course of a year and the classes are free of charge. To respect the privacy of attendees, there is no formal registration process.  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.

Pet Bereavement Support Group

Honoring the lives of our beloved animal friends.

Upcoming Dates:

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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.