The Real Truth on Handling Pet Loss Services

Published by Ohio Funeral Directors Association and Michigan Funeral Directors Association


The Real Truth on Handling Pet Loss Services was originally presented at the 2018 OFDA Convention in Columbus.

It’s been a hot topic for the past decade. Does handling pets truly boost a funeral home’s revenue? Is dealing with pet loss a must for a human death care entity to survive? In this session, attendees will hear the real truth on serving this element of death care services.
Pet ownership is on the rise. Therefore, respectful pet loss services are also becoming more in demand. You’ll walk away from this session with a new, or renewed, look at servicing this other type of family member.

OFDA Members: Please be cognizant that you cannot receive additional credit if you attended this seminar during the OFDA Convention in May.

Coleen A. Ellis, CT, CPLP
A chance encounter with a pet parent facing the death of her pet was a defining moment for Coleen in 1998. 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 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...More

Originally Published

May 23, 2018

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • The Real Truth on Handling Pet Loss Services - Presentation
  • The Real Truth on Handling Pet Loss Services - Handout

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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