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Animal Related Bereavement: How to Support Broken Hearts

Online Module

This self-paced online module is directed towards animal professionals. The module provides the participant with an in-depth overview of Animal Related Bereavement including background on the human-animal bond, research on animal loss, identification of grief theories and frameworks, and suggestions for support. The module takes approximately 7.75hrs to complete. You can pause and resume as needed.

Topics covered include:

  • definitions of grief, bereavement, and mourning,
  • special considerations in animal related bereavement,
  • grief experiences in specific populations,
  • and ideas for support including information on the Grief Recovery Method.

This five-section module contains readings from peer reviewed journals, narrated presentations from the presenter, as well as tests for comprehension.

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This module is available for purchase year round. This module is a part of the Veterinary Human Support Certificate. Though it is a part of the certificate, you can purchase and complete this course even if you are not enrolled.


Sarina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in TN and NC, andAdjunct Professor with the University of Tennessee College of Social Work.

Sarina previously worked at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine for 10 years as one of the clinical social workers who provided grief support and crisis intervention to clients of the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and members of the community, provided counseling to UTCVM students and House Officers, and oversaw the communication training for UTCVM’s veterinary medical students.

She has moved to NC with her family and now owns a private practice where she continues to provide Veterinary Social Work services.  Specifically she offers grief counseling for the loss of an animal, counseling to animal care professionals to help manage compassion fatigue, and consultation to the community for animal related issues.

She graduated from High Point University in High Point, NC with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee.

In her free time, Sarina enjoys running and exercising, reading, spending time with her family, and she has recently started to enjoy planting and growing flowers.  Sarina’s fur-family members include their 16 year-old cat, Jasper and their 6 year-old Shepherd-mix, Finn.

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