The Changing Pieces of Pet Death Care
With Coleen Ellis
Attendees to this seminar will hear the Changing Pieces of Pet Death Care, exploring a variety of elements of pet loss and learning how customer service for a family at this time will provide for a meaningful death experience, aiding in client retention. When a pet dies, individuals will grieve but may not mourn. Understanding these differences allows you to be a resource and helps you to guide families through their grief journey. As a pet care professional, companioning a family through the loss of their pet will provide a healthy environment for movement through the grief journey. This session will teach the various elements of companioning. As our North American culture struggles with death in general, the intricacies of the loss of a pet will add to the anxiety and the internal conflict for those that are experiencing a loss. Being aware of these intricacies will allow you to be a greater resource for your families. Rituals are so important in the grief journey. What pet parents want to do in honoring their pet and the life they shared together is vastly changing. This session is incredibly interesting as the attendees here the rituals pet parents are doing.
- What should you look for in your death care provider?
- What are families doing in their rituals to honor their pets?
- What are the misconceptions of pet death that will add to a family’s grief journey?
In 1998, a chance encounter with a pet parent facing the death of her pet was a defining moment for Coleen. 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 Pet Angel Memorial Center, Inc.®, 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. Most recently, 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.
Coleen is a 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 a native of Kansas where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing . She shares her home in Indianapolis, IN, with her husband and business partner, Chris Burke, and their three four-legged children, Ellie Mae, Crisco, and Rudy.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)
- CCPDT: 1.5 CEUs
- IAABC: 1.5 CEUs
- KPA: 1.5 CEUs
- IACP: 1.5 CEUs
- CAWA: 1.5 CEUs
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