SOUTHLAKE, TX — Two Hearts Pet Loss Center is pleased to announce the 2019 Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification classes. Due to demand, for 2019 there will be 3 opportunities for end-of-life pet care professionals to find a class which works in their schedule and their locale. The three-day courses will be held on May 14 – 16, 2019 in Dallas, TX, September 8 – 10, 2019, in Boston, MA, and September 17 – 19, 2019, in Denver, CO.

“If you have a chance, GO!”, “this course is amazing and one of the most informational classes I’ve ever attended,” and “the content is so relevant and applicable for pet loss professionals, not to mention the networking with others in the same field! Priceless!” are all comments received from past attendees. The three-day course moves between the various aspects of pet loss and includes brief sessions on elements of business and self-care. “This course is unique in that it allows for the time to explore the many aspects of pet loss, from the grieving pet parent to children as well as surviving pets. As more and more people are looking at pets as family members and searching for ways to service this segment of our population, I can assure you the information in this course is EXACTLY what you need!” the course facilitator Coleen Ellis notes.

Kathy Cooney, DVM states “Just when you think you’ve got it down, this course advances your skills ten-fold! It’s always the right time to learn more about companioning.” Roberta Knauf has attended the course and states “Every time I attend this class, I pick up new ideas and tid-bits to help me help those looking to me for support. From the learning through Coleen’s experiences to hearing from others, it’s all so immediately applicable to my work.”

The course covers a variety of topics, to include Understanding Pet Loss Companioning, Pet Hospice and Understanding Anticipatory Grief, The Six Central Needs of Mourning for a Pet Lover, The Importance of Rituals, The Benefits of a Pet Loss Support Group, Children and Grief: Pets and Grief, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care. The fast-paced, exciting week ends with a moving tribute to honor the pets of the attendees. This course is approved for 15 hours of RACE accredited continuing education credits for veterinary professionals. Members of the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care and the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance will receive registration discounts.

Coleen Ellis is president of Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, past co-chair of the PLPA, and co-founder of The Pet Loss Center. She is an international speaker, author, mentor and coach, and has contributed articles and done interviews with ICCFA Magazine, Pet Loss Insider and She was awarded the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by the Center for Loss in Fort Collins, Colorado. Coleen authored the book Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief, which was released in 2011.

For more information and to register, visit or call 317.966.0096.

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.