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Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and Two Hearts Offer Pet Loss and Grief Certification Course

GREENWOOD, Ind. — Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, in conjunction with the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance (PLPA), have announced the date of their annual program for the Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification. The three-day course will be held on August 22 – 24, 2013, at the Hampton Inn in Chicago.

It’s a unique opportunity for caregivers who specialize in pet death care to gather, learn and share their experiences as they cover a range of topics from supporting grieving pet parents to how pet loss services can be most effectively marketed in their communities. “Ironically, and perhaps the most telling confirmation of how powerful this course is, are the comments from attendees that convey the healing they personally received in acknowledging their own losses,” course facilitator Coleen Ellis noted.

In particular, the course will cover the following topics:

· Understanding Pet Loss Companioning

· Understanding Anticipatory Grief

· The Six Central Needs of Mourning

· The Importance of Rituals

· The Benefits of a Pet Loss Support Group

· Children and Grief: Pets and Grief

· Compassion Fatigue

Ellis is president of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, a consulting firm based in Greenwood, Ind. Ellis also is co-chair of the PLPA, and founded Pet Angel Memorial Center, the first stand-alone pet-only funeral home in the United States. She is a frequent speaker on pet loss issues and has contributed articles and participated in interviews with ICCFA Magazine, Pet Loss Insider and She recently was awarded the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colo. Ellis authored the book Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief, which was released in 2011.

The course meets the requirements for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB/RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

For more information and to register, visit or call 317-884-4885.


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