Pet Loss, Grief, and Healing
August 20, 2018
Hosted by Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
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Thirty years ago, when I was a young therapist, a wise woman told me that we inevitably pay for our love with grief—"inevitably,” because all relationships end. She also promised that love proves to be worth its cost every time. On today’s show, Nancy Saxton-Lopez, my friend and coauthor of our book The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, joins me for a conversation on pet loss and healing. We’ll talk about why losing a beloved animal friend can hurt more than losing a human family member, how to deal with those who don’t understand the depth of your grief, and, perhaps most important of all, how to care for yourself during this fragile time. We’ll also discuss how you can support others, including your children, friends, and coworkers, after the loss of a beloved pet.
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Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio
Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, MSW, LMFT is an award-winning author, speaker, leadership consultant, and family therapist. In 2017, Ken retired from his role as Vice President, Health and Wellness, at Prudential and founded GreenGate Leadership(r), a firm that provides keynotes, leadership training, consultation, and coaching.
At Prudential, Ken was responsible for behavioral health services for US employees, leadership consulting internationally, and violence prevention. His team's work led Prudential to receive the American Psychological Association's 2017 Organizational Excellence Award. Ken received the 2017 Leadership Award from the Employee Assistance Society of North America and was named 2016 Corporate Leader of the Year by the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s NYC Metro Chapter.
Ken is a monthly NBC TV affiliate on-air guest and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fast Company, Bloomberg, Ignites, Entrepreneur, Fox Business News, Chicago Tribune, Inc. Magazine, Working Mother, HR Executive and other media.
His books include Simple Habits of Exceptional (But Not Perfect) Parents, The Pet Loss Companion: Healing Advice from Family Therapists Who Lead Pet Loss Groups, and Making Love, Playing Power: Men, Women, and the Rewards of Intimate Justice. Ken has published many articles in the family therapy literature. A husband and father, Ken’s passions include fitness, permaculture, and animal companions of every description.