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Conference Announcement


Seventh International Conference on Petloss and Bereavement
and Workshop in Petloss and Bereavement Counseling
in the Hilton Hotel, at Newark Liberty (NJ) Airport

May 16 – 18, 2014

This unique and important conference is designed to serve two distinct groups: pet lovers who are deeply concerned with petloss, and the professionals who serve them and their beloved animals. That includes bereavement counselors, shelter personnel, and others who deal with pets. Please note that this year additional special programs have been added, in a new and expanded outreach to better serve veterinarians and their staffs.

In the morning plenary sessions, during the first 1½ hours, we will have thought-provoking discussions on a few select subjects of high interests to everyone present. There will be impressive panels of renowned authorities joining in with the rest of us, and adding their expert ideas and opinions. Everyone will be a valued participant. This open dialog is something new at our conferences, and you will like it.

Also, on Friday, May 16, 2014 we will again be giving our highly acclaimed in-person 10-hour Workshop for pet bereavement counselors. The special APLB Certificate of Training, as well as 18 CE credits will be awarded to those successfully completing the training, and attending the conference.

Breakfasts and the Saturday night dinner are free to those with paid registrations for both days of the conference. Anyone else is invited to attend, if they make special arrangements with Dr. Sife. Vegetarian selections are available.

This year we are adding something new. You may bring a guest with you, at no extra charge. See the Registration Page for details.

The Hilton Hotel has set up a special room reservation page. We have already reserved a large block of rooms, at a very reduced price.

For more information write to Dr. Wallace Sife at Please ask about our advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Overiew

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 - 18, 2014


8 - 12 AM and 1 - 5 PM
Counselor Training Workshop
In the Elizabeth C Room (Also listed as Conference Room 1)
This will be continued in the same room on Saturday morning, for the first two seminars.
Everyone is invited to our open house party at 8 PM, in Room 1240.


Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the ballroom foyer, from 7- 8 AM

7:30 AM   Elizabeth Ballroom   Registration and distribution of materials

8:15 AM   Welcome to the conference. Introduction to the APLB staff by President Joe Dwyer. Opening address by Dr. Wallace Sife, who will lead a silent minute of tribute to our beloved deceased animal friends. This will be followed by an open discussion of current topics of special interest to our attendees. A select panel of authorities will help lead this. They are Dr. Wallace Sife, Dr. Susan Cohen, Dr. Alice Villalobos and Dr. Kathleen Cooney. This will continue until 9:20, when we will then go to the first grouping of seminars. Dinner is included for all paid registrants. It will be served in the same room as the opening plenary session of th conference. Those who have not yet paid for this may do so by contacting Dr. Sife. Everyone is invited to our open house party at 8 PM, in Room 1240.


Complimentary continental breakfast will be served in the ballroom foyer, from 7-8 AM

Daniel the Miracle Beagle will make an appearance on Sunday morning.

8:15 AM Welcome back, by Dr. Wallace Sife. The opening session will include necessary announcements, and then go into group discussions and comments on any matters related to pet loss and bereavement. The same panel of experts as yesterday will help lead this. At 9:20 AM we will break for the day’s seminars.
Diplomas will be distributed in this room, after lunch. They must be picked up in person, as they will not be mailed out after the conference.

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