End-of-Life Care for Pets Seminar: Techniques for Supporting Pet Owners

Date: July 28th, 2020

Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Location: The Westminster Westin

About the Workshop

It’s the inevitable; the death of a beloved pet. Pet owners are asking for more in the life-care of their pet, and ultimately they are demanding more when it comes to their death care options. They are looking for resources and professionals who will be the guide for them throughout their pet’s last stage of life. The journey of this last walk begins with either a terminal diagnosis or the reality of old age. The emotions of the pending loss heighten and a new normal of assistance and resources becomes imperative. In this session, attendees will learn of the elements of care for loving pet parents to now include Bucket Lists, assistance with the anticipatory grief process, creation of a lasting and memorable ritual before, during and after death, and much more. Learn how to support these pet owners who are key clients for any recurring veterinary organization’s business.


About the Presenter: Coleen Ellis

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In 2004, the death of her dog, Mico, guided Coleen Ellis to start Pet Angel  Memorial Center, Inc.®, the nation’s first stand-alone pet funeral home. In 2009, due to demand, 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. She has a certificate in Death and Grief Studies Specializing in Pet Loss Companioning as well as being Certified in Thanatology and a Certified Pet Loss Professional. In the fall of 2011, Coleen released her first book Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief. By 2014, she had joined business partner, Nick Padlo, in creating a national brand of pet memorial centers, The Pet Loss Center, where she remains a consultant. Coleen is currently the past co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance, Executive Director of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, and a Board of Trustee member for her alma mater Fort Hays State University, as well as being Alumni of the Year in 2018. She shares her home in Southlake, TX, with her husband, Chris Burke, and their three four-legged children Rudy, Beulah, and Albert.

Workshop Sponsor

Caring Pathways is the leading end-of-life pet care provider in the Colorado front range. We provide every pet owner the opportunity to receive gentle, compassionate care and to help them walk through the end-of-life issues surrounding their pet.

Our services include:

  • Telehealth Medical Assessment and Consultation 
  • In-Home Palliative and Hospice Care
  • In-Home Pet Euthanasia, 
  • After Care Services, which include: body care, appropriate memorialization services, and grief support services.

Click here to learn more.

Workshop Agenda

8:30am- Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00am- Welcome and Introductions

9:20am- Morning Session Topics
Connecting with The WHY, and What it Means for Compassion

Fatigue Understanding our Client: Who are They, What do They Look Like, and Segmentation

Understanding Companioning and The Basics of Pet Loss

Guide to Planning Ahead

Making Communication a Part of Your Rituals and Brand

12:00pm- Lunch

12:45pm- Afternoon Session Topics

Pet Hospice and Anticipatory Grief

The Journey Before the Journey

What a Pet Parent Needs in Pet Loss

The Six Central Needs of Mourning

Children and Pet Loss & Pets and Pet Loss

Pet Parents the Rituals of Today

4:30pm- Adjourn

General Information
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 28, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Westminster Westin
10600 Westminster Blvd, Westminster, CO 80020
Parking: Parking is FREE
C.E.: 7.0 continuing education hours will be awarded to
veterinary professionals. Includes continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and program notes. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early!