Pet Professionals, Are You and Your Staff End of Life Safe?
As a pet professional it is important to have a general knowledge of how to help your clients when faced with pet loss grief.
With today’s growth of the pet industry, your clients will demand more compassion and respect from you.
You will or maybe already faced with how to deal with this issue. As a result, you will also be challenged with taking care of your grief.
If avoided, you may experience unexpected reactions and emotions that could lead to burnout.
I offer one-on-one sessions, continuing education for your office staff, and speaking events for professional conferences, podcasts, webinars, radio, etc
I cover the following concepts:
Normal vs. abnormal grief
Myths surrounding grief
Stages of grief
How to supportively speak to your client which relieves compassion fatigue
Self-management tools to be end-of-life safe that leads to more productivity in the practice setting
How to incorporate pet loss grief coaching into your business and practice
A Book Especially for the Pet Professional
A wonderful book for everyone in the pet care industry. Wendy provides a comprehensive and easy to understand explanation of the grief process supported by case studies. Each chapter is nicely summarized in the “Quick Reference Tips” to help reinforce the major points.
As a practicing veterinarian of 20 years, I am confronted daily with pet loss and client grief.The emotional stress does take a toll…Wendy’s book will help prevent compassionfatigue for, not only myself, but also, many dedicated pet caregivers. Jonna L. Anderson, DVM, Veterinarian
Our business interacts every day with pet professionals across several states. One of the things I notice often amongst the pet professionals we serve is a sense of “weariness” surrounding the loss of yet another client’s pet. Coming from a background as a human funeral directorI have come to realize the grief that pet professionals deal with on a regular basis and often far more frequently than human death care professionals.
Wendy’s book provides practical and actionable suggestions to avoid or lessen the impact on pet professionals who deal with the death of pets on a regular basis. Through understanding the importance of recognizing the signs of compassion fatigue and burnout pet professionals are better able to help themselves and in turn their clients. I highly recommend “The Pet Professional’s Guide to Pet Loss” for anyone who wishes to consistently care for client families in a professional and empathetic manner, while understanding this is not possible unless they take care of themselves first.
As a head dog trainer, I find it difficult to find the rightwords to comfort someone dealing with the grief of losing a beloved pet. As Wendy pointed out in her book, there are common myths about what tosay versus what we should say to an owner. I want to be helpful, supportive and compassionate when a client shares their grief with me. Wendy has outlined some simple, easy statements that give me the words to be more supportive. Wendy has given business owners such as myself a thorough guide for the recognition of “Compassion fatigue.” She has also given insight to a business owner as a client what it may be like for animal care takers dealing with death on a daily basis. This book presents a guide ina simple, concise way. Although, the emotion and stages are extremely complex; this is when you need the simplicity of language and message in how to navigate through the realm of death and grief in a positive way.
RACE Certified Continuing Education Opportunities
As a pet professional it is critical to develop healthy boundaries and self-care methods to cope with stressful situations. Our courses will help you will learn about the different types of normal grief vs. abnormal grief, how to support your clients with essential grief support, recognize and manage compassion fatigue and burnout for yourself and your staff.