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Resources: Pet Loss

More than 64 million households in the U.S. own one or more companion animals. Research shows that owning a pet can have positive effects on our health, it can lead to decreased blood pressure and even lessen depression.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb, host of WHYY-FM's Voices in the Family, and his guests will discuss our relationships with animals, what they mean to us, and how we interact with them. We'll also discuss the grieving process after a beloved pet dies. Our guests are Jodi Levine and Dr. Alan Beck. Jodi Levine, MSW, is the Director of Clinical Social Work at Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Alan Beck is the Director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Listen via RealMedia

Comprehensive resources on pet loss and bereavement have been compiled by the Delaware Death Education Task Force of the Delaware End-of-Life Coalition through the Division of Special Programs, College of Health and Nursing Sciences, University of Delaware.