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Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course. Presented by Coleen Ellis

  • 22 Feb 2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • 23 Feb 2020
  • 3:30 PM
  • Wesley Chapel, FL


  • This registration enables you to attend the full two-day Pet Loss & Greif Companioning Certification Course. Presented by Coleen Ellis.

 Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course

Presented by Coleen Ellis from the Two Hearts Pet Loss Center

Saturday and Sunday, February  22 - 23, 2020

CEUs: PPAB 16, CCPDT 16, IAABC 16, KPA 16

Join us for two robust days of doing a deep dive into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Learn more about how to walk with those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and so much more! Not only will this program bring the attendees the learning needed to help pet lovers, it’s also a beautiful self-care workshop on understanding our own journey’s and experiences with loss, grief, and our own authentic self.

Workshop Schedule


8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Agenda Review/Introductions: Honoring The Story

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Understanding Pet Loss Companioning

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Understanding Anticipatory Grief

2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Six Central Needs of Mourning

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Let’s Talk About Talking!


9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Review of Pet Loss Companioning/Anticipatory Grief/Aha Moments

10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Do You Really Have Them At Hello?

11:00 – 11:20 The Intricacies of Pet Loss

11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. How To Help the Elderly, Children and Other Pets In Their Grief Journey

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch & Open Discussion – Success Drivers: The Lessons from Our Pets

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wrap up/Plans for Returning Home

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Importance of Rituals

3 p.m. Memorial Service

3:30 p.m. Adjourn

A part of this certification program is being delivered as webinars. Your program fee covers the cost of the two webinars also. If you cannot attend them live, do not worry, we will record them and send them to you. When you register for the two-day workshop you will receive a code to register for the webinars also.

Your Two Included Webinars Are:

  1. The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12 p.m. EST
  2. How to Conduct a Successful Pet Loss Support Group. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12 p.m. EST

    Your workshop Instructor 

    Coleen Ellis

    A chance encounter with a pet parent facing the death of her pet was a defining moment for Coleen in 1998. It was the beginning of her vision of how to best meet the needs of pet parents in their desire to mourn, memorialize and pay tribute to their beloved pets when they die. In 2004, the experience of the death of her dog, Mico, guided her in starting the nation’s first stand-alone pet’s-only funeral home. Soon, publications such as Kates-Boylston’s Pet Loss Insider deemed her the “most well known pet funeral director” and a true “pet loss pioneer.” 

    In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. In 2009, she received the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by Dr. Alan Wolfelt as well as releasing her first book, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief.  She is also Certified in Thanatology and is a Certified Pet Loss Professional.

    By 2014, Coleen was ready to take her vision to a new level.  Joining Nick Padlo as managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer, they formed an acquisition company whose mission is to standardize and raise the service levels of the pet loss industry.  The Pet Loss Center strives to be the nation’s premier pet loss service, elevating the experiential component of pet loss and grief care across the country. In 2019, she shifted her position with The Pet Loss Center to an Advisory/Consultant role.

    Coleen is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of pet loss and grief.  Through her delivery style, pet care professionals learn a variety of techniques immediately applicable to implement on how to companion families in their grief journey.  Furthermore, her talks to pet parents give them the permission they need to not only grieve but mourn the loss of their beloved pet.

    Coleen is the founder and past co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and past president of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, where she currently serves as an advisor. She is a native of Kansas where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.  She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Fort Hays State University, and is a recipient of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award, the college’s highest recognition for graduates.

    Dallas, TX, is where Coleen and her husband, Chris Burke, reside. They share their home with their four-legged kids, Crisco, Rudy & Albert.

    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. Click here to see photos

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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