About This Course

Are You a Pet Care Professional Looking For a Way to:

  • Prevent Burnout and enjoy longevity in your business?
  • Support your clients with knowledgeable, compassionate, and tools that really work?
  • Manage the business of pet loss grief every day?

The Pet Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss will give you the necessary knowledge and action steps to enjoy the work you do every day.

As a pet care professional—how many times have you had a client that just received the news their pet is terminally ill, has died tragically, or is dealing with pet hospice? You don’t know what to say, but you want to be compassionate and helpful?

As a pet care professional, it is critical to have knowledge and a deep understanding of how to help your clients when they are faced with pet loss grief.

With the pet industry growing every day you will be faced more and more regularly with how to address pet loss with grace and compassion.

Course Structure

Part 1 ~ The Nature of Grief

  • Getting Familiar with Greif
  • Navigating the Seven Grief Stages
  • Changing the Myths
  • Changing Themes of Grief


Part 2 ~ Caring for Your Client and You

  • Knowing What to Say When
  • Recognizing the New Normal
  • Dealing with Past Losses
  • Taking Care of Yourself
  • Feeling About Death and Dying


Part 3 ~ The Business of Grief

  • Incorporating Grief Support Coaching
  • Coaching vs. Counseling
  • Building Blocks of Coaching
  • Following Up with Compassion and Resources

Meet Your Instructor

Wendy Van de Poll, MS, CEOL

Wendy Van de Poll is a pioneering leader in the field of pet loss grief support and an international bestselling and award-winning author. Which includes The Pet Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss: How to Prevent Burnout, Support Clients, and Manage the Business of Grief. Wendy is a Certified End of Life and Pet Grief Support Coach and the founder of The Center for Pet Loss Grief, LLC. She has developed numerous trainings, including The Pet Loss Specialist and Mentoring programs. Wendy has worked with many pet care professionals on preventing burnout, supporting clients, and providing helpful business methods. Her particular mission when working with pet care professionals is to provide specific guidance on how to manage loss before burnout strikes. She has assisted pet caregivers, veterinarians, and pet cemetery owners in addressing end-of-life events. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Wolf Ecology and Behavior and has run with wild wolves in Minnesota, coyotes in Massachusetts and foxes in her backyard. She lives in the rural New Hampshire with her husband, her rescue doggo Addie and all kinds of wildlife.

Not ready for this advanced course?